This thread is created in response to a decline conversational standards I have observed on multiple preceding threads in Comms namely: "Can We Bring a Policy Back?", "Can We Please Stop the Constant Harassment?" and most recently the "When in Rome..." thread. It seems to me that those threads have become a place where it is acceptable for a group of users to engage in ad hominem attacks on other users and to accuse other users of being mentally ill, being generators of spam, and being expletive deleted posters merely for posting in game threads or defending the right of other posters to post in game threads without being the target of such comments. I tried to express that concern in the "When in Rome..." thread but was informed by a mod that concern was considered off topic for the thread and told to start my own thread in Comms about the issue. So I have done so. To provide conversation for the discussion, I have decided to include some examples of the ad hominem attacks on other users, accusations of mental illness, being spam generators, and expletive deleted posters in this thread. An ad hominem attack on Tina, in my opinion. A denial that the ad hominem is personal when by definition an ad hominem attack is personal. More ad hominem targeting Tina. Calling Tina's posts word puke and adding nothing constructive to a conversation or dialogue. More ad hominen attacks on Tina. Just a post designed to bait and bully Tina as far as I can. It adds nothing positive to the discourse. Another comment that just seems to exist to bait and goad Tina. Another post made just to attack Tina. I had never had an interaction with this poster prior to the poster making that comment, but somehow I was deemed to be an expletive poster along with @Emperor Ferus and @Iron_lord. Is that really an acceptable standard of discourse? Are these ad hominem attacks acceptable? Directed toward @Iron_lord when he responded to a mod's request for a list of forum threads that could be put in a games category. A post that just exists to needlessly accuse @Iron_lord of generating spam. When @Iron_lord rightly defends himself from this accusation, he receives this snide remark: Never mind that hyperlinks are more useful than plain text for finding the threads in question. Seems rather graphic for what I thought was a family friendly forum. A post that primarily exists to accuse people who like to post in game threads of being "spam lovers." An ad hominem on @Iron_lord who is accused of being spam personified and throttling the JC just for enjoying game threads. A post that just exists to imply that people who enjoy posting in game threads are mentally ill. It does not seem to add anything positive to any discussion. Is calling game threads "like farming threads" that dispense "narcotic joy to a few" truly acceptable and considered constructive conversation in a Comms thread? Just a condescending comment that is again an ad hominem so as to avoid any issues about respect being raised by posters such as myself. I am creating this thread to discuss that problem as I see it. I am inviting especially @Princess_Tina, @Emperor Ferus, and @Iron_lord to this thread as I feel they have been particular targets of ad hominem attacks I quoted in this post. I also am tagging three mods who I think do an excellent job in maintaining respectful standards of dialogue in the fanfiction community on this site, @mavjade, @Mira_Jade, and @Briannakin because I am especially interested in their perspectives and insights as I very much trust their judgements. All other mods and users are of course welcome to share their thoughts as well. Those are just particular people I'm interested in hearing from. Thank you.