I've posted on at least a dozen different DIY Q&A forums over the past
10 or 15 years. It's just kind of a way of relaxing for me before
hitting the sack every night.
The DIYBanter newsgroup with it's total lack of any sort of "sheriff" to
kick out people that are causing trouble is something I find hard to
deal with. It seems to me that if you have any sort of discussion where
it's common knowledge that there is no sanction for annoying other
people involved in that discussion, you're always going to get some jerk
that ruins it for everyone.
I'd hate to live in a society with no laws, and this DIYBanter newsgroup
is about the closest thing I've encountered to it. The best we can do
here is ignore people that make a nuisance of themselves, but that just
doesn't cut it with me. That's like ignoring the guy who spray paints
grafitti all over every wall in the neighborhood. It lowers the quality
of life for everyone else in that neighborhood, and yet we can't do
anything about it except ignore them? That's crap so far as I'm
Most other news groups have moderators that can kick or ban people
posting in that group, and I find that helpful to prevent the jerks
among us from ruining the enjoyment of everyone else.