PRN, I wanted to start a thread that addressed what you've said here, but couldn't find the words to say it. Thank you for your eloquence.
I can't call it. Seems like when I first got here not to long ago, I posted some OUTLANDISH (in retrospect!) stuff, that some of our more experienced posters patiently and tactfully "loved" me
into redemption. It seems that every little noun and verb is now scrutinized, and there's a general feeling of if you don't see things "my way" than all hell to you.
Maturity has something to do with it. Self-righteousness another. But the bottom line is to treat people the way you want to be treated. I guess that would assume that people know
how they want to be treated.
Whatever the case...
I love your ending line:
"What's got us at each others' throats? Take a deep breath and lets practice diplomacy and simple courtesy. Lets' get our sharing, fun and informative board back."
If you don't mind, it will now be my quote.