Over the years, there have been many posts on this forum where members have expressed the feeling that when they offer an opinion on something they get ‘jumped on’ and told they are ‘wrong’. Also the use of the term ‘the I love Adelaide Brigade’ used in many posts implies that there is some sort of conspiracy to cover up secret universally known deficiencies or that the people expressing this view don’t really love Adelaide but have to pretend they do.
It seems to me that if you have a strong opinion about something and someone has an equally strong opinion that just happens to be different, then you are just disagreeing and neither is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. Maybe that is being simplistic? Seems like understanding this might help some folk out who post on this site and then think that everyone who responds and holds a different opinion is either getting at them or should shut up and go away…
If a post has an honest opinion in it then it should be respected, but that doesn’t mean that other (different) opinions aren’t just as valid and should be respected in return. We all have different experiences and points of view and opinions are just that – opinions – neither right nor wrong – just opinions. It would be good if folk just accepted that there will inevitably be people out there who disagree with them, stop bleating and crying ‘foul’ and get over it.
It is sad that some folk who have a strong opinion and something useful to say on the forum sometimes find it hard to express themselves in language or with attitudes that others can’t help but find offensive. If they do this then they must expect others to tell them so. Unfortunately those who (often deliberately) use lack of respect for others to express their opinions are often not big enough to accept a little of what they dish out, and it all descends to the level of a street fight.
I’m not a mod and I do appreciate a respectful exchange of opinions, which I think you see in the majority of posts on this site. What I (and I know that many people who read but don’t post) don’t appreciate is the assumption by some that their opinion is fact and that disrespect can go unchallenged by other members or moderators.
If you have an opinion that you think is worth sharing then do yourself and the rest of us a favour and take the trouble to express in such a way that you will be taken seriously. If you want to play with other people’s heads or just enjoy starting trouble or stirring the s**t, then you have no right to be surprised or hurt when you get it back in bucketfuls.