@Benjy52 This kind of defeatist attitude is exactly why this continues to be such a problem in the community. Just because something will likely always exist on some level doesn’t mean we can’t or shouldn’t work to combat it. “Oh, you got mugged? I would recommend just not reacting to it and just take it on the chin.” ??? What you’re saying is completely unreasonable in a real life context, and it should be here too.
Gossip and shittalking are inevitably part of gaming communities, and I think everyone agrees on that. Taking that in stride is part of being in the community to a certain extent. However, there’s absolutely no reason continued targeted harassment or personal attacks/insults unrelated to the game need to exist or should have any place in our community, and to say that we shouldn’t care because they’ll always exist on some level is just dumb.