Another one thread why this board is bad?
Okay, here's your chance to make it "better".....http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,54184.new.html#new
I don't think the boards bad, if I did I wouldn't hang around. I just don't understand when some are told that what they're replying is offensive why they shrug their shoulders and ignore them. I'm not saying everyone needs to be a people pleaser just civil. Of course the very people this thread speaks of will probably continue to poke fun though.
I would say that I am aware of my own status as one of giving and taking quite a bit on this board. Most of it is in good fun, but there are occasions when I get irritated with someone and say something that I probably shouldn't. That being said, there are also those here who have a tendency to get rather melodramatic about things that they perceive to be offensive. As a result, I tend to look more at who is telling me they are offended and then evaluate whether what I said was offensive. There are people here that I value their opinions a great deal and there are people here that I have little respect for their opinions. That isn't to say I hate the person, just that I find that they have a high level of immaturity, self-love, or similar that does not resonate well with me.
Also, oftentimes what you see as rudeness is the culmination of a rather long relationship between two people or a group of people. I read some of the things that I have responded to others in earlier posts and think, "wow, that came off rather harsh", but at the time, it was more just banter and matching of wits than anything else...
Could the boards be more civil? Yes, probably so. Could they be more inviting to newcomers and inquirers in particularly? I would say definitely so. I think if there is one thing that I would change it would be the coldness that is displayed to people who are interested in Orthodoxy, but haven't really taken any concrete steps. All too often do I see inside jokes and banter thrown around in those threads, and that probably should not take place. In all fairness, I am probably guilty of doing that myself, so I am pointing at myself on that as much or more than at anyone else.