I am not a regular participant in Pit threads; I read occasionally and post rarely. I have enjoyed some threads there and eschewed most of the threads with poster-on-poster drama. So if the Pit went away, I wouldn’t cry. I tend to agree with RickJay that the vitriol there spills over into the rest of the board and, on balance, does more harm than good.
That said, I also agree with thorny_locust and others that there is value in calling out repeated patterns of behavior, e.g. sea-lioning or JAQing off, that is obnoxious but not necessarily against the rules.
I wonder if there is a way to split the baby? For example, as many others have said, what if we keep the Pit the way it is but ban pitting of posters. But, change the rules to allow discussion of poster behavior in ATMB, under the same or similar rules to how moderation is discussed. (Obviously, there would need to be some rule calibration around this).
So, for example, “Poster X is constantly sea-lioning and it’s driving me crazy. Here are three examples” would be allowed, while “Poster X is a disingenuous fuckwad of the highest order” would not. Others could chime in with support or dissention, backed up with examples hopefully, and the mods could even chime in with official rulings if needed, i.e. “Yes, that does look like classic sea-lioning behavior, Poster X, you should cut that out, no warning issued.”
Is there any merit to this suggestion?