I'll be taking a pretty extended hiatus from this board, date of return unknown. Over the past month or so, I've realized that posting here has become more draining and frustrating than it is rewarding; what used to be a harmless place to discuss football has become pretty toxic for me. There's too much mudslinging, too many ad hominem attacks arising simply because of a disagreement, and I'm tired of being targeted simply because I happen to disagree with someone on a given issue.
The forums are also very poorly moderated. I've been trolled, flamed, and verbally abused repeatedly by various members without a single repercussion or post being deleted. The moderators here don't actually moderate: they play favorites and have absolutely no ability to keep Cats fans from abusing other members all over the site, open forum or not. In one instance, a Cats fan made severely homophobic and transphobic comments as part of an attack on me; I reported the post to the moderator and nothing was done. At least one Cats fan was allowed to come into our forum and troll multiple Als fans without any consequences; again, no post deleted, no action taken. I'm not interested in being part of any community that treats me like a second-class citizen, so I'm stepping away. I'll still follow the Als, obviously, and I hope the season turns around, but for now, I am stepping away.
I know my departure will be cause for celebration for some members, which is fine. The people who run this board have created a posting environment that does not reward thoughtful, respectful debate. So they get exactly what they deserve.