The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #120790   Message #2630438
Posted By: Dave Roberts
12-May-09 - 09:16 PM
Thread Name: Why is this board so unpleasant?
Subject: RE: Why is this board so unpleasant?
The very first post I made here led to my being shot down in flames for confusing the meanings of 'whence' and 'whither'.
I was, at first, rather shocked at the vehemence of the criticism incurred by what was an honest mistake on my part.
But the initial shock led to curiosity. I had never come across   anyone who, seemingly, cared so much about the English language that he or she considered it necessary to pillory an innocent like me so mercilessly.
It was, to coin a phrase, a baptism of fire.
Examination of other Mudcat threads showed that this passion was by no means unique and I have been hooked ever since.
Mudcat posters love to argue. Argue, that is, in the true sense of the word.
Sometimes things go way over the top, and a certain nastiness can creep in, but mostly it's just good old-fashioned debate.