The dawn of a new generation can be stressful times. Tensions can often rise between users of different allegiances. This phenomena has recently generated a rise in what I would call the “shoot the messenger” attitude and it’s been ruining a lot of the discussion some people are trying to have.
In case you don’t know what I’m referring to, I’m talking about someone posting a thread containing negative news about a company and then being called out by several users supporting that company for trying to trash/undermine their console manufacturer of choice. Which, in turn, prompts users supporting the other company to underline the times when the roles were reversed.
This is the kind of behavior that has to stop. Those “calling out” comments bring nothing to the discussion, derail the thread and contribute to a poisonous atmosphere in the forums which is why, they will be moderated from now on.
I know what you’re thinking right now, you’re going: “Are the mods so naive as to believe that nobody posts bad news about the rival company just to watch the opposed fanbase rage?” Of course not, we know full well that sometimes information gets posted for malicious purposes but when those flamebaiting topics are posted, calling the OP out in the thread only fulfills their evil plans as they feed on the chaos and bitterness they’ve created (that *may* be a bit overdramatic but you get the point).
The correct way to handle that situation is to report the post/thread, telling us why you thinking the topic submitted was made solely to get a rise out of users. Signs of a flamebait thread include but are not limited to: adding a gloating or taunting comment at the end of the article, posting irrelevant information (ex.: news from a year ago), plain false information or magnifying a small issue in order to make things seem worst than they really are.
Another point I want to make is: just because someone openly favors a company in particular that doesn’t mean he or she(she? who am I kidding?) can’t post a negative topic about the rival company. As long as they stick to the facts and don’t use the thread to antagonize people it is fine.
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