Posted by Daze
W - O - W, Rollo!
you really have your work cut out for you. Here, you tried to simply post a thread to discuss the future of BFTP, and again
it turns into a rambling grafathon with just a few actual responsive comments to the thread itself. There WAS a time when there was some sense of
but this respect for the boards has been disguarded with alarming regularity more recently and it definitely begs some curbing measures.
i will say, after having just "read" through the steffi backhand thread for instance, i can see where your frustration lies and why there is a cry out for
...it was an endlessly abusive mean-spirited informationless exercise.
So here's an idea. I think the bottom portion of your mission statement is itself a bit inflammatory, setting a mood that theres an assumption of pending immaturity from the posts, and i am still not under the impression that these personal attack oriented posts are the greater portion of posters, but a high percentage of the posts from certain posters. What we need to foster with a mission statement is a sense that BFTP is a forum for rational debate and discussion aimed at broadening understanding about players, trends, and issues pertaining to players of the past, with a concerted effort to avoid flagwaving, unmeasured adulation, and unproductive fanaticism unrelated to building on the 'threads' of conversation and shared information.
Additional measures could include, as in pro tennis--certainly more back in the day than now, but still--that there are on-court warnings followed by disqualification for poor conduct/throwing racquets/etc. A 'personal insults will not be tolerated' clause will cut down on the tangent-territory currently overtaking most discussions and will keep the infantilism we are invested in clearing from the current posting habits of the few from becoming the tedious burden and bore to the majority that they are.
That is not a limitation on free speech but an upholding of standards of conduct. When the conversation leaves tennis, especially in an inflammatory way, and goes toward personal attack, 'warnings' can be issued by the moderator. After a couple of those, you earn yourself a case of being blocked for 'x' amount of time from further posting.
You may not want to feel you are policing people, but thats what a chair and tournament referee does all over the world in tournaments. Just an idea to spread that sense of decency and 'good sportsmanship' from the courts and onto the boards.