scratch wrote:And Jason, you've brought up your haughty disdain for people who post under names other than their real names before.
False. I've never done that.
I have a problem with those who attack others, by name, while hiding themselves behind a pseudonym. I think it's a chump move, as I posted above. That's an example of me pointedly criticizing someone else under my real name, although since I'm really just criticizing the action instead of the person, it stops short of being abusive in my opinion.
Argue, criticize, lampoon, parody, talk trash, whatever and I will only defend your right to post anonymously. I actually love it. Anonymity is part of what makes Forum great and you'll never hear me say anything else. Personal attacks, name-calling and abusive disrespect are different matters, particularly when leveled against those using their real names by those afraid to do likewise.
There was a period in time when a handful of people got bounced for repeatedly participating in what some might charitably call bad faith. They deliberately crapped on the board repeatedly and dared someone to do something about it. Anyone remember the "snazzy" situation with respect to the smoking ban? Those using the term nazi were so insufferable that we subbed the word "snazzy" for it in the forum software. Some decided to protest and that was fine. But we're under no obligation to allow them to throw their tantrums here and take over the boards, so we booted some of them. And when their accounts were deactivated, they struck back with personal stuff on other sites. Again, anonymously.
Because a lot of people like using the tavern analogy, it would be like someone acting like a complete jackass in the bar, being asked to leave and then returning a few days later with ski masks on to vandalize the joint and posting on Yelp that the bartenders are racist (anonymously). And then they show up a few years later asking for bygones to be bygones because they heard the new tap selection was good.
There doesn't seem to be any consensus about how to handle something like that. When I ask people directly, they generally say they'd never put up with that crap, or something like that.