There is some confusion as to what is non-beneficial "negativity."
Phrasing and parlance plays a big part in the perception of "negative" vs "positive."
Person A might say, "We suck, we are going to lose AGAIN. We are not talented enough and there is nothing coach 'positive' can do about it. This sucks."
Person B might say, "I don't think our players are as good as the other teams players, its going to be tough to win this year. I hope I'm wrong."
The first person throws insults at the team, and acts openly as an antagonistic agent.
He is attaching unnecessary negativity to a statement he believes to be true.
The second person is simply stating his opinion. He does not embitter his statement with gratuitous negativity.
Many on this board appreciate having the freedom to openly state their opinion as to the status of their team.
Others instigate inflammatory responses to "negativity" in general, because of their gratuitously negative posts, exacerbating the appearance of an overtly negative atmosphere on the board in general.
This poster tried to create this thread to address the issue of gratuitous
negativity I believe.
He was not suggesting that, "nobody should say what they think if it is negative."
Sometimes, emotions go overboard. And people will attack another poster for being too positive or negative.
If you say, "Nate Davis looks GREAT." You will get a response about your apparent excess positivity.
Likewise, if you say, "We looked HORRIBLE in the preseason," you will get a response about excess negativity.
Neither poster should be afraid to post adjectives, but they should both be aware that the words they use will be interpreted in a literal context.
To some, the word, "GREAT" will mean, "a Hall-of-Fame bound player."
To some, the word, "HORRIBLE" will mean, "the worst team in the league."
Although I agree that there is too much excess "negativity" on the board in general, certain words should not be interpreted as pejoratives for an "unrealistic" fan.
In other words, when people use the words above, they are mostly expressing EMOTION. They are not writing a legal document.
A certain amount of leeway needs to be allowed.
If I say, "Nate Davis looked great," it doesn't mean I think he is the next Joe Montana.
If I say, "Balmer looked good," it doesn't mean I think he will be an All-Pro.
If I say, "The play calling was horrible," it doesn't mean I think we will lose all our games.
The inflammatory posts are created because of an overreaction to simple emotional posts.
They represent a certain frustration in general, which is then directed towards whomever is perceived of as being "unrealistic."
Those who are deemed "unrealistic," whether negative or positive, are attacked.
The truth is that, most of the time, they are just being emotional.
Frustration attacks excitement, and excitement attacks frustration. Some people destroy themselves by going back and forth like this with their own inner dialogue. It can create depression.
For the sake of the board, please, lets not depress ourselves, and just enjoy the season.
Everybody, although some may not perceive it that way, enjoys watching the team and wants them to win.