Originally Posted by dah328
This is true and Thomas is not of the same ilk as many of the others, but you can't promote DT and not expect it to attract the others and spill over into other areas. (...)
As much as I'd like to disagree with you here, I'm not so sure I can. I started my most recent parody thread in GC, of all places, so I'm certainly an offender here. I think that's a good point, which I'll come back to in a moment.
Originally Posted by Manton
Yes, I still read (for now). Hard habit to break. Sue me.
There are some things that bug me about the direction of the site overall. I don't care for all the scat humor. I don't care for all the crass sex talk and soft porn (or worse). I don't care for the junior high locker room atmosphere that seems to get stronger by the day. I don't care for the stupid boasting. And I don't care for the shoot-first meanness common in the CE and getting more common elsewhere.
This forum seems to be completely succumbing to the spirit of "Serious business!!", which really is just a license to behave as crassly and cruelly as possible. Everything is fair game and if you object, you are the one who has a problem.
I agree that the forum has gotten more coarse overall. Remember when you only saw breasts in the "These are fake, right?" thread? Unfortunately, I think society overall has gotten more coarse, but that ought not dictate how we conduct ourselves.
I don't post to SW&D, because I know my sensibilities are quite different from theirs, and I respect that. I think that spilling between sub-fora isn't necessarily bad, until it becomes a nuisance. I leave them alone, because our sensibilities are different and I respect that - and I respect their right to discuss things between them. I have nothing (of value) to add to their conversations.
There are a few more thoughts bouncing around here but I'm having a hard time putting them into a readable form (and avoiding the Powell meme), so I'll stop in a moment.
Last, I appreciate the even-handed discussions of the past couple of pages, and also appreciate the kind words from you guys, especially Manton.