LOL, does he *make* you read this forum? Does he force you to respond to every comment he makes? And if he is making so many people's live a misery then I worry for those people. This site exists based on us coming here, griping, guessing, waxing lyrical, discussing, sharing, informing. I think you need to read your first sentence - this forum is indeed a compromise and if the balance is not to your liking, seek alternative forums or scroll past the postings you don't like..... But please let's avoid the personal stuff...
No, and I don't.
Sure, take the forum for what it is, or make it what it is. Personally I believe the tone has been lowered immeasurably by the constant hijacking, lengthy repetitive posts with bad manners, bad diction, and lots of shouting from the DRoners.
I am not anti jrista nor, at it's core, his point, despite his loathsome cries of persecution I have tried to engage with him seriously in several threads specifically about DR. I am anti the over the top way he broadcasts his opinion, I am anti the shouting and inflammatory way he goes about sharing that opinion, I am against his inconsistency, his rewriting history, his constant hijacking, and his overwhelmingly self righteous belief that anybody that doesn't agree with him is either uneducated, delusional or deluded. I have huge differences of opinion with him on what he considers acceptable IQ, which is funny because it appears my standards are actually higher than his. He strikes me as a really smart guy who over thinks a lot of stuff and gets very committed to a solution he thinks is right whilst being resistant to adjustments to that solution when it is shown to not be quite right or that clearly make it better, easier, faster or more useful.
I have many faults too, I respect jristas opinion at its core, I will happily take more DR when it gets here, and I get as over enthusiastic about rebuttals as he does about his opinion on occasions.
I wish the mods, who do a hell of a good job, would ease back on my culling and warnings a little and increase those on jrista to contain the DR "issue" within a small series of threads truthfully devoted to it, not any and every thread that offers the slightest tangential attachment to it.
I have to admit I drop in and out of this site, especially the forums. There is a whole bunch of good info I have gained from the people here, so I still come back.
But my personal advice, re individuals who just get to you is just "walk away" - whether that is permanent, or just from that thread. Maybe that reflects more on me than you both, I don't know. I enjoy people passionately discussing topics, even if they disagree in the right way. When it stops being nice, then I just get bored....
The Mods are there to hopefully stop the personal comments. If people want to bang on about the same topic, then the rest of the forum members will chose what they want to do regarding those individuals. I dont think the mods should do that.