I very-consciously abstained from this thread for a couple days, literally “just to see what would happen to it,” and ...
Without “reading anything into anything by anybody,” (as best as a real human-being can ever hope to do such a thing) ...
Perhaps we should all simply take a look at “what actually happened next.” And see if there is (or, as the case may well be, there is not) “proof in the pudding.” Again, not as a reflection upon anyone anywhere, but strictly in light of my OP’s original and honorable intention. Quickly scanning through this thread so-far, I see:
- One of the first responses was quite obviously by someone who (so it appears, and “frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn who...”) hid behind Anonymous Monk in order to make a rebuttal “off the record.” (Is that a good thing?)
Other folks rather-quickly pointed out that “this sort of thing has happened before.” (Is that a good thing?)
The Grim Reaper had a lot of cleanup to do ... since the posts are gone now we may never know what they were. The simplest interpretation is that: “Houston, we have a serious spam/noise problem; we have been discovered.”
There was a heckuva lot of emotions going off here, and not a single one of them were good ones.
Personally, I do feel that this is “the proof in the pudding.” (I think that ...)
The Anonymous Monk account was used in both of the negative ways of which it is all-too capable: as a venue for slinging-mud at someone else without taking responsibility for it; and as a venue for loading the site with useless spam. (Notice: I think that. It’s my opinion.)
Several participants of very long standing instantly confirmed what we all know: “this does happen here.” People do feel that they are being “dissed upon” by others. Animosity among the Esteemed Monks does, indeed exist. I think that’s a way-serious problem.
Given that this site is intended to be a Place Of Worship, so to speak, maybe we do need to consider these two aspects of the site more closely, as I have suggested. There are, I think, very strong human-psychology reasons why other sites have chosen to omit from their implementations two key features that are presently implemented here. I submit for your pragmatic consideration that this very thread might well serve as a concise illustration as to why.
If it is possible for you to take for granted, now, that I do not in fact “have a bone to pick with” anyone here ... (!) ... “what do you think?”
And, yeah. I am actually, perfectly, serious.
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