After getting a little personal on the forums myself recently (mea culpa), I figured a thread on the subject of civility might not be a bad thing.
I believe it was AmpedRealtor who recently said something to the effect that it's a good idea to take 10 minutes before posting if you are feeling really annoyed/angry/disappointed/aroused*/obsequious**. I think that is great advice and plan to redouble my efforts to follow it henceforth.
This forum is actually a goldmine of information, not to mention a lot of fun, when it doesn't get muddied with too much incivility. I admire those who have been consistently good examples (Volker.Berlin***, Rod & Barbara, nickjhowe come to mind immediately), and offer my apologies for my own previous bad contributions.
Almost everyone who posts here on any kind of regular basis has provided useful, informative, funny or otherwise productive stuff at one time or other (and I like to think this includes me). Think about how much better still it could be if we could also dispense with most of the counterproductive stuff (again, acknowledging my own contribution there - please don't flame me [wouldn't that be ironic on this thread?]).
Forum Nirvana is within our grasp, people. We can do it! [disregarding the lack of search, moderation, subcategories, broken HTML tag system, the near-impossibility of embedding pictures in threads... ok, maybe not Nirvana exactly. But I digress...]
Anyway, just wanted to get that off my chest.
Peace, joy and Tesla grins to all.
[* just seeing if you were paying attention - although it would be kinda creepy if you were posting while aroused, so please don't do it. Even after waiting 10 minutes.]
[** the word 'obsequious' makes no sense in this context, it just makes me feel smart to use it]
[*** what ever happened to that guy? Should we put his picture on a milk carton or something?]