One particular comment that caught my eye in Sully's announcement that the Off-Topic Forum has been "retired" is:
"The great thing about football is that it's often an amazing spectacle that unites all of us fans, even if we're cheering for opposite sides. I'd like to give that a chance to flower again."
And that is the way it should be. That is the way it is suppose to be. Am I glad to see the Off-Topic forum retired? If I were in Sully's position I would have done the same and perhaps even sooner. In one way I am very glad. I believe both Aerial and Sully summed it up best.
Part of me is sad to see the Off-Topic forum be retired because it was through that site that I made one or two very close contacts. I may even one day meet up with these fellows. I also found some of the topics of considerable interest and for myself quite educational. It went beyond expressing opinions. Some individuals came up with pretty good stuff.
However, when sarcasm, put downs, one upmanship, and sometimes outright personal insults becomes the main menu it can no longer be moderated effectively and it puts moderators in a very difficult position.
When all is said and done, if in the end we have developed a dislike for someone, someone we have never even met because of an exchange of hostile remarks etc. then we have lost sight of what the CfL forums are all about.
Yes, the Off-Topic forum has been retired but just like in pro-sports, some retirees come out of retirement so who knows. Maybe the same thing will happen with the Off-Topics forum. Perhaps it will take on a whole new look. For now, I will miss certain elements of that particular forum. But given the ugly character the forum took on I am quite happy to see it shelved. A smart move by Sully so I tip my hat off to him.
If the children can't be civil while playing in the pool then it is time to blow the whistle and say, " That's it! Everyone out of the pool!"
I do hope the other forums pick up in interest. The Lions forum seems to be on life-support and is not what it used to be a few years ago. Hopefully that will improve.