That's the problem with this place; many have lost their sense of humor. And those who no longer post left for that specific reason. And good question? I do indeed wonder why some of us still stay around. Maybe that's because we can't let the trolls or whatever one wants to call them get rid of us. Or maybe some of us actually like some of the posters we chat with.
However why am I not surprised that you answered in such a typically patronising way.
Don't let the b**tards grind you down as they say
I admit I've taken a few breaks along the way from MTF - but, like you, I tend to drift back because there ARE some great people here whom I consider to be my friends (like yourself and Lee here), - and it's not always possible or practical to chat on Facebook or MSN, so it's a convenient place to meet.
I know there has always been trolling on MTF (it goes with the territory of Internet Message Boards I guess
), but, like you, I do firmly believe that the standards have gone down in the past year or so. In the "old days" we had people like RonE and hitchhiker, who got their point over in a funny (and some would consider) trolling way but without ever resorting to being bitchy or hurtful to other posters, insulting people, or using what I would consider "inappropiate language". But somehow that light-hearted element seems to have disappeared over the past year, and the only "humour" one sees here, seems to be of a rather nasty and unkind type, that I personally dislike
Some of the posters here remind me of a rather unpleasant pack of hyenas or vultures - just waiting for the "right" result to hurl themselves into some entirely unsuitable display of hate, - not just aimed against their least-liked player, but against their entourages, famiiles, fans, and sometimes their whole nation too.
Be prepared to get repped; if I can
I did it for you