Originally Posted by CuppaJoe
So is this forum open to all, or isn't it?
No, it's not open to all. In the words of Gene Hackman from the movie "Crimson Tide", "We're here to defend democracy, not practice it."
Those who are attempting to wrap H0cus in the First Amendment just don't understand his particular problem. His board-destroying record speaks for itself and it's not even worth the discussion.
Next group. There are one or two posters who attempt to use this board as their personal playground. Their theme is "Let's see if we can get the posters to do this" or "Let me lecture my audience on my expertise", and they see the posters as pieces on a game board. IMO this lack of respect, often coupled with sarcasm and condescension, negates any knowledge or logic they may bring to the ER discussion. Ban 'em.
Third group. Aside from H0cus (with his sidekick JWR) and the game-players, there are a certain number of posters (probably fewer than 10) who are persistent one-note keyboard pounders. If they're visiting frequently then they don't post very often. They tend to jump in on just one topic, sometimes on just one subset of a topic or the posts of another, and they'll use that fulcrum to raise a ruckus. Other times they'll grab a topic, any topic, and wrench it around to be about them or their particular piano key. The theme could be "Look at me!" or "My blog needs traffic!" or "My way is better and I would never ever do it that way" or "The sky is falling!!!" or "You're all messed up and I'm going to raise a ruckus here" or "You've been here a while but you're not so special" or some other
If you read through a list of this third group's posts then it's pretty darn hard to tell whether they're even interested in the subject of early retirement, let alone talking about it or helping people solve problems & answer questions. They're just using this board to pound their keyboard and they're not even listening to the audience. If you ban them you risk martyrdom. Moderation can temper the problem. Ignore 'em and they'll go away.
I spend a lot of time here, I like the vast majority of the posters, and I count a few as my friends. I've learned a tremendous amount about ER and I'm still learning about a lot of other subjects. This board is a tremendously valuable resource to me, and it's more valuable to me than our putative right to freedom of expression on it. I support editing or even banning those who appear to be adversely affecting the quality of the board's content. I may not always agree with the admin or the moderators but I'll join the discussion and support the decision.
BTW I think that a list of the "Top 10 Ignored Posters" would go a long way toward establishing who's a contributor... and who's not.
So if you don't think you can live with my attitudes then you might want to volunteer to be a moderator or consider starting your own board... but don't just sit there in your Monday-morning quarterback's chair and complain about the management.