I hear you and agree. I wish people would just practice on the net the same principles of behavior that they follow in real life. Then I think much of the inflamatory statements would go away. I haven't opened the thread on fat americans yet, but I know one contributing factor to my recent weight gains has been ice cream at night while listening to Hearme. :-)
What bothers me much more than inflamatory threads that you know not to open is off topic and inflamatory statements within other threads.
This Keyboard Tourette's Syndrome (KTS) has reached new heights of late (in my mind) with back and forth responses at the level that my 2nd grader has grown beynd some time ago. They make following serious music topics tedious, and have even killed off a few.
Again, if people would only practice what they would do in the 3-D world then I think much of this garbage would go away. Even I make a funny smart comment or pun once in awhile (my wife disagrees with the funny part) in the real world. People groan, or most likely look at me strangely (non-linear thought is my specialty) and then go on. They don't jump in with a response, and another, and another and completely divert the conversation.
Maybe off topic asides should be put in very tiny print to make the point that they are off topic. Or maybe people can learn to restrain themselves. Parish the thought.