This isn’t a rules violation, far as I can tell, in itself but maybe it should be. Poster A posts on a subject and Poster B busts in to say in effect, “I don’t like you from something else you posted a year and a half ago, so I’m going to give you grief here and now” and proceeds to do so.
Here for example Argent Towers, who I don’t know from Adam, gets his chestnuts roasted for an over-the-top series of posts he made a year or so ago—I see this sort of thing all the time, sometimes far more lengthily than in that thread, and it’s really tedious and lazy. If you have nothing to say that’s on-topic, then shut up. And wait for the poster you dislike to say something stupid IN THAT THREAD, and then attack him for that. But bringing up a poster’s ancient history is a hijack and an ad hominem attack that is typically condoned (if not encouraged) as excellent posting practice.
This is just to say, I’m pretty sick of it. I suppose an extreme example would be DtC, who can hardly breathe around here without having his posting history turned into the subject of most threads he participates in, especially if he gets remotely argumentative as is his wont. The ad hominem responses to such posts reek of frustration on the part of those whom **DtC **has gotten the better of in some previous threads. Some free advice: if someone typically frustrates you in argument, don’t argue with him. But if you must, argue on topic.
I understand perfectly, btw, that I’ve risked my own reputation as a good citizen around here, first by defending **Badchad **several years ago, and increasingly (as a direct result of the biased Modding I saw during the whole Badchad/Liberal/Polycarp thing) I’m one of the more outspoken critics of the Moderation around here (among those who are still posting here, that is), and I totally accept that. Some people don’t appreciate my posts or my confrontational style, or my manners, or me—that’s cool. But IMO it diminishes YOU to dredge up shit that’s unrelated to the current topic with me or ANYONE you dislike to divert a thread into an ad hominem attack (not that I haven’t done that myself from time to time). When I see it, I often think (and sometimes post) “How about taking this to the Pit and allowing the thread to resume?” and I wonder why people with the power to enforce such a suggestion (the mods) don’t do that more routinely and more reflexively themselves.