This isn't a suggestion for the admins or the moderators, but to the board in general.
Someone brought up a good idea in another thread where several big subjects were being debated at the same time.
I felt that this idea deserved its own thread.
People asked how they should deal with a posted message that they do not like. Instead of taking umbrage that someone holds an opinion that is not your own, being offended that the person is wrong or insulting the author of that message, it was suggested that message should simply be ignored.
This method has several advantages:
1. It deprives the author of the questionable message of attention.
Depriving the author of positive or negative attention discourages him/her from repeating the behavior. It also annoys the author to get less attention.
2. It saves *time*.
Time yourself. Making 2 - 3 responses a day to messages you don't value in the grand scheme of things can take up to 20 minutes or more. Time you could have used for something fun. Ignoring a post takes up zero time.
3. It leaves you with a clearer state of mind.
Just from my own experience, I find my mind stays more clear when I choose to ignore a message I don't think much of. Writing about it, often has the effect of "grinding the axe" or working my feelings up.
4. It helps improve your meditation
A big part of meditation and walking the path is dealing with distractions. An itch on your nose, the stiffness of a numb foot, an angry memory from an event 5 years ago drawing your attention away, etc.. A common technique for dealing with such distractions is to let them go, which deprives them of power. The way you practice is the way you play the game. If you get in the habit off the cushion of letting go of annoying but inconsequential things it will make that habit stronger in all areas of your life.
I don't always do it. I fall short. Sometimes I enjoy posting messages that don't have any value in my life beyond the web board. Sometimes I do have better, more fun things to do, but I get compulsive with my posting.
I think other people are like me so a hybrid approach is best. You have a forum with people who try to let annoying messages go and moderators there to step in when that doesn't work.
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.