It appears that the overwhelming majority of those who post in this forum are devoted Patriots fans who wish to engage in informed, intelligent dialog on the team we all love. That said there are a few who appear simply unable to refrain from rising to the bait of those whose sole purpose in posting here is to disrupt or annoy. Similarly there are a very few who appear to interpret disagreement as personal attack and respond by launching the verbal equivalent of a cruise missile strike when some simply don’t see things the same way that they do.
When an appeal for civility is posted responses appear that attempt to affix blame, point fingers and engage in a schoolyard ‘he started it’ diatribe that misses the very point. What possible difference does it make who started it? These exchanges contribute nothing except to inject an element of Jerry Springer-like side show theatrics into this forum (apologies to the poster who identifies himself as JS; nothing personal intended here). Is that what we want this forum to be about? I for one do not.
One can offer critical commentary about a thread, a post, an expressed opinion without making it personal. I often disagree with opinions expressed in here; that doesn’t mean the poster of that opinion is a feeble minded idiot. It simply means that he and I see it differently. Am I suggesting that we all should shy away from offering critical commentary? Hardly. A free exchange of ideas can be an enjoyable and educational exercise but it doesn’t mean that one must impugn the integrity, intellect or intentions of the other party. Try addressing the issue; you’d be surprised how much of a difference it makes.
I am no idealist; I do recognize that this thread will fall upon blind eyes in some cases. Moreover, some may even consider this a personal attack. That is regrettable but hardly something about which I will lose sleep. Similarly, there will be those who will characterize me in something other than a positive light. Quite frankly that is of little consequence to me. What does matter, in my humble opinion is the quality of the dialog in this forum. Personal attacks don’t make an opinion more valid; reasoned, informed, factually based commentary does.
My humble 2 cents.