Yepits: I understand your frustration. Our experience with the AOL Message Boards (and it’s been about three years that we’ve been doing this) is that we go along all civilized and enjoyable, and then one or two clowns burst in and throw temper tantrums (or start racist threads, or do something else obnoxious that says “Look at me! I’m Important!”) … and people respond, and tempers flare. After a while, these jerks usually tire of the sport and do go away, and the Boards return to normal… it’s just a question of out-waiting them.
I felt like you did at one point, about a year ago, when the Board was overtaken by an anti-semitic pro-terrorist loon. I took a two week break, it was very refreshing, and came back. Ultimately, the guy’s account was jerked – most of the providers draw the line somewhere. Although he may simply have not paid his bill, who knows.
So my advice is to not bother to read the posts in threads that you know are gonna annoy you, and not bother to read the comments of people you know are gonna annoy you, and ride it out. Eventually, the infestation goes away… may take a few weeks, though.
C#3 asks: << can you explain your handle? >>
Yes, C#3, I can.