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I have been on other sites and have seen all sorts of rudeness and belittlement to other members, but not here, so far.
That's probably an understatement. Over on C.C. it seems every thread has its share of forum Nazi's. The least little thing will set them off and they have no compunction at all of immediately ridiculing a poster. It seems like they just troll the threads in order to find statements that annoy them.
One time I began a thread on the Oceania forum. Their website was a little unclear and I had yet to receive a brochure that they were sending me. All I did was ask a single question about amenities in one class of cabin. Man, in no time at all four different Oceania faithful jumped down my throat. They accused me of just looking at the "pretty pictures" and not reading the text, compared me to all sorts of the undesirables that frequent cruise lines, to boot, they were incorrect about how the language was worded in the line's website. That was proven when I received their printed brochure and management acknowledged their website error. I know it was petty, but I was so PO'ed I threw all the Oceania literature in the trash.
Just recently a number of folk, including yours truly, were honestly trying to ferret out one cruise line's confusing check in luggage boarding procedure. Some dude erupted and began accusing us of being, quote: "Sea Lawyers", "Looking for Loopholes" and "Trying to beat the System". I responded--"So you believe we are looking for loopholes do you? It is my opinion, for the most part, that folk are just simply trying to figure out exactly what the policy is since it is contradictory and confusing in some respects. Making assumptions and accusing others of being cheats and "playing sea lawyers" doesn't advance civil discourse." Hope I never get like that.
Yes indeed--the people that frequent this website are much more congenial and sociable. Does wonders for my blood pressure.