I honestly think this is one of the main problems that comes with any mature discussion. The whole reason for the section is to maintain that level of maturity when replying and debating. However things turn sour fast and all it takes is that one comment and the thread enters a state of disarray, so to say. I'll agree that some topics draw such posts more than others, but if everyone just maintained that level of maturity and respect, then I'm pretty sure the majority of arguments and personal vendettas that arise from heated debates would stop.Keith;883698[/B said:- This is the big problem. Some people don't understand that even the most heated debates don't need to become personal, and are based on logic above feelings for the other person. I don't mean to say that someone on ZD has this problem, but I have seen it on websites like Reddit where a debate devolves into ad hominems and other impolite actions. You can't call someone a goat ****er for being against drone strikes in Yemen, but you can debate against the person's reasoning. I'll give an example. Me and Batman have debated plenty of times, but each time, when it inevitably ends in a stalemate, we never have hard feelings for each other. This is because neither of us see the debate as a personal attack, and don't treat it as such. We simply put our logic forward, and rebut the other's points.
These are the two main problems. When people follow the rules and don't make jokes out of threads/take debates seriously, the forum is awesome. It's when people take the discussions to heart or turn a serious discussion into a joke that you see the dark side of it. It isn't the forum that is at fault, it's members who abuse it that are.