I think this has been proposed before, probably many times. Especially by fairly new posters because I think they can see the problem so clearly. The fact seems to be that "Sez you"/"Right back at ya" shouting matches are actually encouraged by the moderators. I think it has something to do with ratings or something like that. Someone said a while back that the SE forum has more postings than any of the other SE forums and I think that is the goal.
They love it!
I had to do some work for a client today, so I put off celebrating New Years until tonight. So I don't want to get into anything heavy. But I have an idea that might prevent some grief in future.
It's fairly obvious: when you see a post by someone who aggravates you to the point where you feel like your head is going to explode, IGNORE IT. Don't respond and risk getting into one of thise "Sez you"/"Right back at ya" shouting matches. Consider not even reading it.
I know it's hard to resist and we are all (or most) guilty from time to time, but it gets no one anywhere and becomes really boring. Not to mention makes the thread tree a nightmnare to navigate sometimes.
I don't mind arguing; check that, I love it. But these name-calling flame wars are not healthy. I think we all know who presses our personal buttons so it shouldn't be too hard to do.
Thanks and Peace.