Readership Reaction to ADE's "New Day Online".
On virtually all of the online forums I participate in, posters understand once a certain threshold has been reached, off-topic postings - filled with personal attacks - offer moderators little choice but to edit, delete or lock the thread. Not one forum has opted to sink the whole ship just because there are a few rats on board. Some posters are offended at the drop of a hat while others are thick-skinned. Being drawn in to off-topic debate is a matter of personal responsibility. A hero is unbalanced and incomplete without a villain. Polar views ultimately create balance. Civil disagreement is healthy.
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