I love this board, and many (if not most!) of the frequent posters, but one thing has really been dragging me down. Take a spin through the most popular forums and threads, and you will find enormous, relentless negativity. This negativity takes many forms, but ultimately, it is always targeted at your fellow fans. For instance, if you deride one of the many Transformers television programs as "kiddy" or "stupid," you are slamming everyone who loves it. If you wish that a toyline (especially one that is clearly not targeted at you) would be ceased in order for YOUR favorite figures to be emphasized instead, you are crying for Hasbro to hurt that toyline's fans in order to benefit you. And honestly, I can hardly bear to browse the movie forum. Many of us TFW posters act like nothing more or less than the worst stereotypes of obsessed fans, leaping on every bit of news like sharks with less dignity. What can those of us who find this poisonous atmosphere distasteful do about it? Well, nothing. We are all Transformers fans, we all have an equal voice. There is a moderator staff here: maintaining order is their job and they do it well. What I propose is not to criticize, but to inspire. I propose that those of us who do not wish to contribute to this bile post some of your own thoughts here. One idea I had was a sort of group one joins or public pledge one makes to announce that one will act like an adult (such as in one's signature). Suggestions for the conduct of a "member" might include: -Thinking before you post -Reading more than the title of a long thread before you post. -Do not harass fans of toylines and media that you do not yourself peruse. For instance, if you hate PCCs, simply do not collect them and refrain from posting that you hate them in threads dedicated to them. If you can't stand the Bayverse, the Movie forum is probably not a place you need to post in every day, at least not if you have nothing but your hatred to add. -If you do hate something and deem it appropriate to share this hatred, then restrict yourself to posting if and only if you have something to add. For instance, saying that you hate the way Hasbro is doing combiners now would be more interesting and relevant if you supplied reasons why they should change their course. On the other hand, the fact that you now hate "HasFail" because you have brilliantly figured out that you are not in the target market for MP-M01/Fast Action Battlers/Slumblebee is not interesting and serves no purpose other than to drag the board down. -Pause and consider before deciding that Hasbro etc. has taken a course of action for no reason other than to hurt you. -Since every Transformer ever produced has its adult fans, it is probably a mistake to treat your personal taste as a universal standard for the board/all fans in your comments. -YOU ARE NOT A MODERATOR. (unless you are.) -Thou Shalt Not treat others differently or judge them in any way based on whether they've posted in this thread, have anything in their signature, etc. I'm not suggesting that you shouldn't publicly disagree with the actions of any individual or company, and it sure as hell doesn't mean you shouldn't have opinions. I'm just suggesting that reason + civility = a net gain for board culture. The more regular posters hold themselves to a higher standard, the more we will inspire. We are adults. Let's act like it.