@lunduke while blocking is a temporary reprieve from differing opinions, the only true progress blocking leads to is strengthening the walls of an echo chamber.
That said, I think non-opinions from corps and advertisements, as they do not contribute to public discourse, should be banned by default and opt-in via a micropayment to the user.
Holy crap! Didn't expect a reply from one of my personal heroes.
Non-excellence usually has an origin.
While it isn't your problem to resolve their issue, and blocking is one solution (you don't owe anybody your time/thought,) I find most people who aren't being excellent are acting on behalf of some inner demon; an unresolved dispute, cognitive dissonance, etc.
While it takes a bit more effort, firing back a simple and genuine 'why?' can often have cascading positive effects.
Ya know, you're not wrong. The approach you describe is *wonderful*.
For me, personally, though... I get so much communication from others (who are typically pretty anonymous) that I need to quickly sort out the positive from the negative so I can at least attempt to read and respond to the positive ones. Like yours. ;)
Understandable. Even Lunduke can't reverse the desecration of our common societal rules and values, and mend the bitter gap between isolated modern people.
Thanks again for the reply. We all rely on your optimism and continued interest in libre stuff to keep us coming back to our virtuous free software.