Open letter to the membership

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  1. saveliberty
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    Dear USMB friends,

    I can't help but see some disturbing trends here on USMB as of late. The large numbers of trolls have clogged threads with unneccessary posts. Posting has dropped in volume as I (and I assume others) have found fewer threads worth posting in. Even reading many of them has become burdensome.

    There is a rise in the polarity of political divisions. I am not sure what can be done. Here's hoping we can find ways to be more positive and constructive. My only other alternative is to post even less. Not an option I want to consider.

    saveliberty

    P.S. Smile and seize the day.
     
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    We really should have a bipartisan agreement to just ignore the obvious trolls.
     
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    Dear USMB members,

    I feel much like saveliberty does.

    I like coming to this message board and want to continue. So that is why I am going to find a way to weed through the threads to find ones that would better suit me. I know that y'all are not going to change. The situation here on these boards is not going to change for me until I look within and make the changes necessary in me. I know I can visit these boards and enjoy my time here.

    masquerade

    P.S. Smile and surround yourself with positive people.
     
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    Many are new, but some are long standing members. I'm in. How big an ignore list can you have?
     
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    The upshot is that they leave themselves wide open for some slam-dunk zingers.

    I ran out of rep giving props to folks with great smackdowns yesterday.
     
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    A good old fashioned shunning? Why not? I can see where a good 1/2 of those currently posting would be about right for an ignore list. I've never used ignore, is there a limit?
     
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    no limit.:cool:
     
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    The problem with the disrupting trolls is you don't really know until you've read several postings whether their intention is legit or not. I usually try to give newbies the benefit of the doubt.

    It would help if some of those who post here the most often and can recognize names and/or styles from some other boards could list their names. Or, if you post in the middle of the night and have discovered a troll long before the rest of us know that, give a heads up. (And vice versa.) That way, I, personally, would avoid them altogether and not get sucked into wasting time reading a dozen posts before I see what they're up to.
     
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    Here's an idea: Someone start a thread titled Ignore Lists, post the list, and we can all just keep adding to it. They might just get the message.
     
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    self-restraint would help more.

    without the eager troll hunting beavers that shit would dry up.
     
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