Mark, once again you come on as the voice of reason. But, again, it seems to be a voice crying in the wilderness. We've tried to fight this battle before.
It seems that there will always be two factions represented in the posters to this site. There are those who want to be part of a give-and-take presentation of opinions and ideas, and those who want only to disrupt, for whatever juvenile satisfaction they derive from that. I know that is oversimplified, but not by much.
Good points have already been made. I agree with sigpig, that whatever face this site projects is the result of the mods' views and actions. Like him, I wouldn't want the job, but once somebody takes it on, there should be a clear, consistent pattern of style and content. Is this site a home for the small-minded?
For those who are convinced that the only way to raise themselves is to knock somebody else down?
For those who have little respect for opinions other than their own?
I know that some posters have been kicked out, but I really don't know where the line is drawn, if indeed there is one.
As to 'whining to the mods' as opposed to PM'ing some one directly, why would I want direct contact with someone who has already shown disrespect for the site and its members?
Look, we all go a little overboard at times when our pet player or opinion is being targetted, but we're supposed to be intelligent adults. (?) One sign of adult behaviour is RESTRAINT. We're not kids in the schoolyard.
Continue to fight the good fight, Mark. It would be easy to say that the cure for all this is a three-game winning streak. But, those who want to disturb will still find a way to do it, and find a cause that can be exploited.
It may be that this site is merely a microcosm of the real world, and we just have to try to live with, and ignore, the disrupters. We can but try!
(Having said all that, I know there will be some who deride my holier-than-thou attitude. So be it.)