I think it is apparent to everyone that the non-aviation forum has taken a nosedive in quality over the last couple of weeks. There are more than one contributing factors, but there is a way we could stop most of it..
That is that, If you open a topic that you find immature/lame/boring/sad, Do not respond, just rate the post with 1 star, or if it is in clear violation of the forum rules suggest deletion. That would be a start, because alot of the flamewars are caused by people just saying that a topic is crap or whatever, and then someone else disagreeing.
And, if someone has said something that you disagree with, then just suggest deletion. I don't meen something that you don't think is correct, because normally you can just say, 'I disagree, blablablablabla...'. As long as you are not forcing your opinions on others.
So often we see low quality posting, endless flamewars that start up out of nothing, and end up completely off topic and in personal attacks. This can all be avoided with just a little sensibility and maturity.
I too am a culprit, but I have said that I shouldn't (and normally don't) get involved with these sort of things so much, as most of the times they shouldn't be happening in the first place.
Anyone who feels the need to turn my argument on my head, and excuse themselves of any blames, need not reply. If they do, I will not respond and just suggest deletion, if you have nothing mature to add and that will be of some use to the argument.
I think I just started a flame war, wonder if the people here are grown up enough to avoid that...