Originally Posted by Gatorguy
I don't see any need to launch personal attacks anyway , tag fellow posters using juvenile names (sheep, troll, Google-licker, shill etc) or character assassination (liar, idiot, a##hole), no matter who the audience is.
If you disagree with a post just form an intelligent argument against his/her or ignore them altogether. Name-calling is a detriment to conversation and sharing, adding absolutely nothing to the forum. My 10-year old nephew resorts to playground names when he has a disagreement with a playmate. That so many never seem to have moved beyond that when they reached adulthood is amazing to me.
In a normal context I would agree with you. But Apple-related forums are rarely "normal" these days in that a significant portion of the forum community exists only to bash Apple, its products and its customers. It's something I don't see in most of the other Web forums I frequent.
One has to wonder why people who hate Apple spend so much time on Apple forums. Or those who are dedicated to the Android platform. Are these people paid? Are they bored? Or do they simply love to agitate people? Hey, choose and use what you like. Good for you. But don't come into the enemy camp just to heckle those who choose differently from you. I certainly don't spend any time on Android forums. It's annoying and absurd that so much forum traffic here and on MacRumors is spent dueling with the trolls. If I were a Ford guy and I spent my day in the Chevy forum bashing their products, I'd be drop-kicked in a heartbeat. Tech-forums, for good or bad, seem a lot more tolerant of that type of trolling.
I guess some people haven't moved past the high school mentality of burning your school logo into the rival school's front lawn.