Originally posted by Starrman
I feel that you can probably see parallels in the state of world politics, current affairs etc. and the level of tension in posts on a public forum. Considering there is a whole world of turmoil happening out there at the moment, people are carrying a lot more on their minds these days. Also, the majority of people on RHP forums are either American or Bri ...[text shortened]... circumstances. I look forward to a calmer world in the future and to RHP continuing forever
This is a very insightful post and I think it reflects what
I would call tolerance. You are distinguishing between
what the expected norms are in, say, the General, Debates
and Clan forums, where we see little, some, and a lot of
However, there was a period in RHP History where 'tension'
was deemed the tool of the devil and that 'everyone should
just get along.'
Your observations about the Debates and Clan Forums demonstrate
that, while you may disagree and even get a little hot sometimes,
that you don't consider tension to be some sort of insidious evil
which will 'ruin the RHP Forums.'
Some months ago, there were oh-so-many posts about how we
should all hold each others' hands, be a big happy family. The
forums, people alledged, never had any tension before, so why
should we accept tension now?
It was absurd then, but now I don't hear people clamoring for
the moderation of offensiveness. I don't hear people saying
'I smell something in the air, and it's not spring.'
People get wrapped up in the moment, using rose-colored
glasses to look at the past, and deem that things are worse
today than they ever were. They don't realize that people
have been saying things like that since the beginning of time.
Your post, while insightful, doesn't quite answer my question.
When the 'moderation movement' was at its peak, there were
claims that the forums were in a shameful state. Now, I don't
see that anything has changed, but I certainly don't hear any
Have people grown to tolerate that which they once called
intolerable? Have they left?