I've been visiting this site regularly for the last couple of years. For the most part, I find that it's the best source on the Internet for news and discussion about UCLA basketball and football. The content is nearly always insightful and informative. Relevant articles are gathered and the administrators and posters are all really dedicated Bruin fans.
Over the last couple of months, though, the overall attitude on this board has become far from pleasant, which has prompted me to post a diary for the first time.
Between the drawn-out agony of (what was thankfully) Dorrell's final season, his firing and the current head coach search, Bruins fans have been subjected to a great deal of frustration, which appears to be especially profound amongst some of the biggest contributors to this board. It has gotten to the point where reading comments (and occasionally diaries and even main page posts) is repulsive. Long-time posters jump on new voices who express opinions that differ from theirs' or even those who raise small points that conflict with what they consider to be the only correct views.
The Internet is a great place for debate and discussion, but too often "debate and discussion" around here devolves into personal attacks on the person - posters who make comments that don't fit into the "correct" view of things are called idiots or clueless, are chastized for not being old enough or not having gone to football games for long enough, and are just plain jumped on.
At the end of the day, we are all fans, and we all really care about the Bruins. We should not jump over each other. Discussion should be civil and I am personally going to make sure that any response I make to any comment is constructive and respectful. I hope that all of my fellow Bruins will try and do the same.