General hostility in the forums... ?

turtle777

macrumors 6502a
Apr 30, 2004
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Please keep in mind I'm not trying to attack you OK ? :)

But. This is how the hostility starts. A simple quasi-innocent comment like
"Please, spare us."

This can be taken as a negative post by a lot of people around here.

I've seen too many threads start out this way.
Leaving out quasi-innocent stuff like that and replacing it with :rolleyes: can help diffuse the negativity .
Sorry, I should have posted a smiley in addition ;)

But I was serious, please don't re-design the forum and make it worse. It's all the rage recently. :(

-t
 

chrono1081

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Jan 26, 2008
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Isla Nublar
I'm confused I thought Annk was a moderator???


Also OP yes, you are correct. This place got more hostile when the Android users started inhabiting the place.

I'm not saying they're all bad but many come here just to cause trouble and unfortunately stay. I can name quite a few...
 

miss.manson

macrumors 6502a
Dec 12, 2011
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Georgia
Call me crazy ... but .. I really feel like macrumors has become a very hostile environment where anyone who misspeaks is beaten down over and over.... and while I realize that some topics might incite a natural argument, I don't feel like users used to be so quick to jump down someones throat? I've never posted much, but I've been reading MR since around 2003...

If you think I'm just imagining it and post too many dumb comments or questions, please do me a favor and just reply saying you don't think there's been a change instead of slamming me for even commenting .. but I really feel like it's starting to feel like engadget around here (which I learned a long time ago not to comment on because of all the people who get way into slamming others).
I agree 110%. It's hard to even participate in some of these threads without getting beaten to death.
 

carlgo

macrumors 68000
Dec 29, 2006
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Monterey CA
Hostile? Here? Scary nerd fights over the specs of some soon to be obsolete device or another? Try political or health forums to keep you alert at night!
 

rdowns

macrumors Penryn
Jul 11, 2003
27,400
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I agree 110%. It's hard to even participate in some of these threads without getting beaten to death.

Maybe you'd find the forums less hostile if you were able to back up your posts, at least in PRSI.
 

jabbawok

macrumors 6502
Sep 30, 2004
259
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Worcestershire
I've noticed a general decline in the forums as the popularity of Apple has increased. It used to be a pretty friendly place, but I seldom read a thread without someone having a go at someone else. There's a lot of Apple bashing, that is bound to upset more than a few people on an Apple enthusiast site.
I dont think there is anything the moderators can do. When you attract more people, you're gonna get more *******s along with it.
 

miss.manson

macrumors 6502a
Dec 12, 2011
764
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Georgia
Maybe you'd find the forums less hostile if you were able to back up your posts, at least in PRSI.
it was a lost cause, i was already getting beaten down before i ever really said anything. also, thats not the only time ive experienced hostility on this forum. id appreciate it if you didnt stalk all of my posts. thank you.
 

MOFS

macrumors 65816
Feb 27, 2003
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Durham, UK
Not all threads are that 'hostile', but certainly some do set off the alarm bells.

- Any thread about Samsung, or Google.
- Any thread about Greenpeace or environmental issues.
- Any thread about worker's rights/unions.

I put on my helmet, goggles and flame-retardant undies before going anywhere near those threads.
I agree with the Android related posts being like a (ahem) red rag to a bull for some people, partly because the iPhone changed the demographics somewhat from a mostly set of shameless Apple fans :)D) to a spread of people with differing interests in Apple's products. I'll admit to really getting annoyed recently at people getting told to "stop drinking the Apple Kool-aid" when they say they like something from Apple that the other person disagrees with.
 

.Andy

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Jul 18, 2004
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The Mergui Archipelago
Discussions can be hostile things :). Especially when it's over subjective issues. My personal opinion is that people (myself included) need to grow thicker skins and not take offense when their attachment to inanimate objects is highlighted. Who cares if someone doesn't like your phone on the internet and thinks android or windows7 is better? Even in the minor scheme of things it is pretty meaningless.