Here's a thought, what if a members user name had their year of birth beside it. Then when topics get heated a more mature member might realize he's arguing with a young pup and go easy on him or on the flip side a young happening dude would realize he's arguing with an old fart and feel sorry for him and let him have the last word.
I sometimes sense that people I'm conversing with, heated or not are coming from a totally different era and obviously have different values and ideas and to be honest a 50 yo having a heated argument with a 16yo really makes no sense on either side. Yes people could lie about their age but I really don't think most here would.
For instance Stamp67, young hansom dude, is arguing with Chief, wrinkled old sod, if Stamp67 knew this he would likely let the old guy win one or two and no hard feelings would result. It could make for better understanding between members.
Here’s a problem with the age thing. Age does not equate to knowledge or maturity. some of the dumbest and most immature people I know are older than me.
Also, all of the best trolls are older. Takes time to refine 1337 trolling skills and the standard 13 year olds you see yelling in ALL CAPS on most forums reek of pimples and peachfuzz facial hair.
Whereas the really good trolls you see who do stuff like pwn a president right in front of them (Colbert) or set up long and complex traps are older (Chris Hansen).
I try to be as civil as possible and stick to debating the issue instead of making it personal. However, every once in a while, somebody provokes me into calling them an idiot, because they usually are Yet. I just dont want to be calling a 15 yr old an idiot just like I would be more likely to walk away from a potential physical confrontation with one, as opposed to some 40 yr old jackass who really needs a good thumping.
All good points, not saying there wouldn't be challenges , but could it make it better, rather than worse? I for one would like to know if I'm about to insult a 15yo or a war hero. How about if it was optional? no harm no foul and I think many would opt in after some time.
Oh and Chief your Momma is 20? :lol: you must be my brother from another mother because my mammy is 20 yo too