Originally Posted by JayT
I'm curious, what is EpicSki's policy on trolling? Is this now allowed?
/ just saying
While I am not advocating banning anybody for making statements that are not directly abusive to other members, I do have to think that a line has been crossed here.
It is one thing for somebody new to spark a "helmet thread" by failing to realize how many times the subject has come up and the inevitable trajectory of those threads on the obvious topics.
It is one thing for somebody to occasionally make a contentious comment knowing the response it will likely receive. Speakers do this all the time to get an audience to pay attention to what they say and really think about their position. Sometimes the response allows one to point out the inconsistencies in the other's position.
However, the person that is the focal point of this has gone far beyond the above. Almost all of his recent posts are purposefully and deliberately designed to generate a non-productive response. I recognize IN THE PAST he has contributed in some threads while making messes of others. That balance doesn't exist anymore.
The rules of this board, as I understand them, are meant to promote civility and respect. So what to do with somebody who knows the rules well enough to stay within the letter of the rules while obliterating their intent? His intent is to piss people off and blow up the board. I can't imagine he is anything but thrilled with the way things have gone recently.
I don't want a ban. I don't want this guy to be kicked off the board. What I do want is a quarantine zone. I am tired of seeing "innocent" threads derailed because this guy hasn't gotten enough internet enjoyment out of the day. Stuff like posting "so much line shopping" in somebody's trip report, or barging into discussions about specific resorts with him saying how much better Stowe is than the resort in question. Can we be more vigilant about obvious posts obviously designed to derail the thread and the board in OTHER PERSON'S threads?
If he gets his rocks off by starting his own threads to peddle his special brand of BS, fine. I can participate in the thread, or not. When I participate, I typically bring snark and use it to laugh at "helmet topics" without worry of derailing other threads on the board with off-topic conversation. In a way, I think with proper management, you could actually get a better board just by allowing a "rubber room" with threads like this.
Edited by anachronism - 5/12/14 at 11:29am