I joined talkbass a good 15 years ago, then kinda strayed to other hobbies and websites for a while before getting back into bass in a serious way again earlier this year...which brings me back here. The climate on the internet has changed quite a bit in the last few years and although the internet has always been the internet, it seems to me that more and more people are really just out for a fight or to goad others into a fight...and to put it bluntly, put their a**holiness on display for all to see and to spread misery and suck others down to their level. On other sites that I have participated in based on the same message board format, I found the best way to keep things positive and avoid getting pulled into an argument I don't want to have is to put those who regularly seem to write things that annoy me on ignore. It can make following threads a bit confusing since those folks are usually very vocal and fighting with anyone that they can in a thread and when ignored, you simply don't see their content without clicking on a link to show ignored content (which is easily missed). Curious if anyone else uses this feature to hide away those who display troll-like behavior towards them or their ideals? I have found it highly effective in other communities to make people vanish out of your life and like mamma always said, nothing is more effective against someone like that then taking away the attention they so desperately seek. I have also noticed plenty of users showing a "banned" status on their avatar as well, so curious how heavy handed moderation is these days and what the best course of action is when you'd rather not make a fool of yourself on the internet by taking the bait and getting into a fight. I've found that taking the high road and not engaging is always the best move...not always the easiest to do, but always the right thing to do when in those situations.