Yes, but there were more posters in general, most of them pretty chill, so it seemed like less of a big deal.
But yeah people have always thrown down in the Pit. The specific issues people are arguing over may have changed but I don’t think the nature of the Pit has - except, perhaps, we may now have coordinated efforts to get certain people banned. It feels more petty than it did before, in a way.
I’m rarely personally invested in Pittings of other posters and that hasn’t changed for me. I’ve seen the threads smearing you and while I probably disagree vociferously with you on certain issues, I’m really not bothered. I’m right in the middle of my views changing on a lot of subjects so this may be a contributing factor.
One of my closest friends diverges significantly on many political issues and even my hot-button topics (like LGBTQ stuff). I figure the worst case scenario of us being friends is he learns more about our POV. And I love him without reservation. But it’s worth noting that voting for Trump was against his principles and he (a minister) lost funding and church members because he wouldn’t rubber stamp people voting for someone so unlike Christ. He may not know a damned thing about trans people or the horrors of denying people abortions, but he’s got more integrity in his little finger than most people I know. And those are conversations we can and do have, without name calling and this that or the other.
I do wish it were more like that for more people on more issues. I think there’s a mentality that if we don’t attack this person, we are condoning their beliefs. While I’ve had trouble mentally controlling my anger toward Trump-loving relatives, when I actually see them I’m just happy to have them. I’m also a pragmatist. I know they are hopeless without exposure to other points of view.
That’s just me, though. To be honest, I’ve been part of two rather extreme movements, fundamentalist Christianity and left - wing radicalism, and in both cases I really couldn’t whip up the level of hate required to sustain the outrage.