I have enjoyed the banter of most of the gripes that I have read on this board since I started coming here ... I have now, unfortunately, come to realize that this board seems to fill only one purpose and that is name calling ...
Seeing gripes concerning level of service, size of cabin, tipping, formal wear, etc have been both informative and amusing ...
Seeing gripes that attack people for their level of income, nationality, culture, race, size, age, etc have become tiresome ...
I have no problem with persons having opinions as to any of these issues, I have a problem with them not only voicing them but encouraging others to do so as well.
When it is possible for each of us to achieve that "perfect and normal" state of being then maybe name calling will cease, but then life will also be very boring because each of us would be exactly alike.
Do not get me wrong, I am all for persons expressing themselves, but not at the costs of others. Until you know what is going on in a persons life, do not judge them.
I have posted on the board a few times, I have also recently edited/removed a post due to the fact that I just will not be a part of the name calling.
I am hoping that I can continue to enjoy and learn from the actual cruise gripes that this board was created to share and which it has in many cases done, however, the name calling may force me, as it has others, to not only stay away from the gripe board but from CruiseMates itself.
Oh and BTW ... I am sure that I will get slammed for this ...
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Personal attacks are usually made, IMHO, by the insecure. People who take a difference of opinion as a personal insult.
It's easy for things to get heated when a discussion is more or less anonymous. I doubt many of the name callers would behave that way in person.
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Yeah, I agree completely. People would never act the way in person that they do on a message board. I posted a gripe one time, and someone responded with "absolutely pathetic". I doubt anyone would say that to someone's face.