Re: Request for Civil and Respectful Conduct
What I am seeing lately, in internet slang, is a lot of troll-feeding. Any internet message board with enough members attracts a few people whose goal in posting is to garner attention for themselves rather than to contribute to good conversation. I'm not going to give names, but I'm sure regular posters can think of one or two chronic "trolls" who've been pretty obnoxious lately, posting ignorant or inflammatory assertions and then basking in the attention they get from the ensuing conflict.
A lot of the malice and rudeness this thread is talking about, I think, is a knee-jerk response to "troll" behavior. A lot of AikiWeb members (a) care deeply about aikido and so are very offended when people bring this kind of behavior to aikido discussions, and (b) aren't used to dealing with this kind of behavior because AikiWeb is the only message board they frequent.
The way to deal with people like this is to ignore them. Take Conrad's advice: use the ignore list. Don't feed the trolls.