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The Decline of BtB

I came here three years ago when I stumbled across a link on yahoo. Since then I have loved this place. It is my "bar" that I can hang out at, my source for Cowboys news, and some pretty damn funny entertainment (Paul, True, Frenchie, I'm looking at you). I've gotten into heated discussions with a few members, but I think I have treated everyone with respect. Lately (about the last 8-9 months) the attitudes of some people that think they know more than everyone else has gotten out of hand. This includes some FPWs. It seems if you don't throw out some obscure stat, or a link, or post a dozen mock drafts, then you're not worthy of questioning the people that do. When I do, I've been called names, been told I'm stupid, been baited into an argument by a FPW (to then be told to stop by the same writer), and had comments hid that do not violate the community guidelines. That doesn't bother me, if it did I would stop coming here. What does bother me is how the disrespect that certain people have for others on here is ignored. I'm not going to mention names, but in the last few days I've seen someone get warned for asking another poster "Do you know how to read?". My comment of "Why do you come here if all you say is how bad we're gonna suck?" got hidden. Then I see one of the "chosen ones" tell somebody "Let me dumb this down for you as much as I can", no warning, obviously not hidden. Now that person went off, and I'll be surprised if he's not banned. So I guess my point is that if you don't have the time or resources to research avg yrds per attempt during a full moon or have a full scouting report for every available draftee, you cannot express your opinion, or question anyone elses opinion. The fact is, none of us know nothing about nothing (except BirdDog), all of our opinions are valid, we're all adults who should be able to question each other (as long as it's not inappropriate). Lately, it seems that that privilege is not available to everyone, and certain people have liberty to condescend and belittle with no reprimand. This makes me more sad than angry, as I am seriously considering not coming here anymore. I doubt anyone cares, and I'd be surprised if anyone actually reads this, but it's something I have to get off my chest. For the most part, I love all you guys, even the people that I've butted heads with, but if this atmosphere continues, I'll be leaving. And I don't think I'm alone. Thank you for your time if you read this.

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