Originally posted by Vt2It:
What would make this board better? That’s simple, more participation. More members with more varied experiences and opinions would result in a livelier, more active board. How to accomplish this goal? Well that’s the hard part. I submit that the first step in that direction would be more civility. A friendlier, more open board would encourage the lurkers to join in. That will require two things; better behavior by present forumites, and a stronger presence by Robert Taylor when the first doesn’t happen. Now I am not by any means suggesting a Squire’s style repressive regime, rather a quick and direct rebuke of those who can’t seem to play nice. Having different opinions are expected, not respecting one another’s is unexceptable. The amount of rude, condescending and plain obnoxious replies is unwarranted, and tiring. I bet that I am not the only one who when seeing certain names as last posted wonder what trouble they are now causing. I know that there are times that I am loath to respond to a thread, as I know it will just be a waste of my time since the board trolls are in full voice.
It is just so frustrating that Wine Spectator seems not to care that their face to the world on the Internet is polluted with such disrespectful drivel. If you were a lurker and were thinking of coming aboard, would this type of behavior encourage you to do so? It’s well past time that a few people get there posting rights temporarily suspended if they don’t clean up there acts, no matter how many posts they may have. If such behavior continues on return, it’s time to ban them. Worked for Serge didn’t it?
As a lurker who joined recently, I must say I'm not seeing the negative drivel that you're describing. Yes, there are the occasional obnoxious posts, but overall I'm seeing thoughtful, sincere responses and good natured interactions. I wouldn't have joined otherwise!