"The handful of bilious Mudcat posters who cause the most discomfort are of quite a different attitude".
I happen to agree with this part of Grishka's post.
I went on to mention that 3 of the worst offenders (among a greater number who hadn't posted) had posted to this thread, clearly unaware that they are a part of the problem. Two of them responded, both in the fairly pathetic way that one would expect of them, the other disappeared.
Here are a couple of lines from one of the responses;
"poor sensitive little-dear fellow. If only, as I've already said, one could work up the slightest interest in his pathetic pusillanimous sniping·from·the·sidelines"
In the past, we were used to a more grown-up type of response to differences of opinion, but this is the type of stuff that often prevails in Mudcat threads these days. No wonder so many of the old crowd have moved off to better places for our regular forum interaction.
I still keep coming back to Mudcat as it always meant so much to me, but I do notice that many others have taken a similar approach, rather than risk the juvenile unpleasantness that seems to prevail - and which seems to be accepted by those in charge.
So I'm afraid I think the only solution for Mudcat is more moderators' input.