I'll join - I am so guilty of this.
I have always prided myself in the way I choose to express myself, but I find myself getting more and more accusatory and snarky as of late.
I think some of us perhaps still have a bitter taste in our mouth from past experiences with individuals who would not listen to niceness. I think we are jumping to conclusions that niceness just won't get our point across - but more often than not, here anyway, it does.
I really do think of you guys as my "internet family" [not a creeper, I swear!] and I think we all need to make an effort to be closer and respect one another.
As Beck so eloquently puts it, "Everybody's gotta learn sometime..." We need to understand that questions, more often than not, do not stem from ignorance, but from a desire to learn. We need to know the difference between critique and rudeness; between debate and fighting; between expressing oneself and infringing on another's right to do the same.
I need to watch myself, and I am going to need a reminder every now and then!
Great thread, JDI.