Gone are the days here at TTAC where simply typing a phrase like, “You, Sir, are a usefully idiotic pawn of the Chinese government and a despicable fetishist of rubber pleasure devices” could get you banned from this site in two shakes of a Shanghai working girl’s tail. No longer. People say the meanest things about me and Derek, and we don’t care. Actually, Derek gets a little teary-eyed about it, so we rewrote his contract to specify that “PART IV. COMPENSATION FOR RIDICULE. Every time the phrase “game-changer”, complete with hyphen, appears on the site in obvious and plain reference to Derek Kreindler, he shall be compensated with one thousand dollars ($1,000) or two nights with a Lamborghini Aventador.”
But that’s not what we want to talk about right now. Actually, “we” means “I”; Derek’s out somewhere making it rain at a club while they tow his double-parked Aventador from the entrance.
In the seven months since the TTAC reboot, we haven’t banned a single legitimate user account from contributing. Ninety-nine percent of the time, the level of discourse has been pretty civil. About once a day, however, someone simply loses their cool and calls someone besides me or Derek a mean name. And then tempers flare.
The purpose of this post is to take your temperature about the level of conversation here. Do we need to tighten the reins a little bit? If so, how should that take place? Should we warn the offenders? Disappear them? Have a giant contest where we select the “Top Troll” and encourage everyone to turn on each other in a kind of bizarre sharks-in-the-water scenario? Let us know.
As always, we appreciate every single TTAC reader, lurker, contributor, flame-war veteran, and critic. Thanks for choosing us, even if it’s only to make game-changer jokes. Damn! Now we owe Derek another “stack”!