Again, this is the problem.
I've been on this board for a long time, and there's nothing in my posting history that would indicate that I'm a troll. Will you find posts where I'm critical of my alma mater? Yes. Snarky and hilarious posts? Absolutely. Posts where I'm heartbroken over a loss? Yep. Posts where I'm celebrating a victory? Heck yes!
I am a bonafide Billiken fan and alumni.
Now, about this thread.
Was I a bit thin-skinned about being told, "Please make sure you get your entire head in front of the shotgun?" Maybe. That's always going to be a disgusting thing to say to another person, especially over college basketball realignment. Someone close to me was lost to suicide, and it struck a nerve. I’ll forever be appalled that Steve wouldn’t come out and renounce such language on his site. I think that would have gone a long way towards making the forum more civil. As I said, it’s his site, and that’s something I’ll have to get over.
People come here seeking community and are regularly driven away by the mob. Let's be honest the Billikens need every fan they can get. This thread isn't the first of its kind, and I'm hardly the only one to feel this way. I made this thread to try and invoke some change. It was a poor attempt. It was started with anger in my heart and undoubtedly came off that way. I believe that this forum needs moderators. I do not understand why you, Steve, are so resistant to the idea. Maybe you just can’t find anyone, but a few even-keeled folks who can call off the mob or give a poster who has crossed the line a timeout would make this board a much more vibrant community.
All that said, I’m not going anywhere. This is really the only game in town, and Billiken basketball is something that brings me joy. You can flag every bit of content I create as a troll post if you must, but I don’t think that will matter. There are reasonable people on this forum that will balance things out.
Go Billikens! Let’s get this win today!