We've had quite a few established creators show up on this board recently. We also have our own YABS regular contingent of crazy talented people.
The thing is, we treat our regular YABS creators way better than the others. Peter David, Mike Norton, Dwayne McDuffie, Cameron Stewart, Kurt Busiek, Mark Waid.....they've all been here recently. (And I bet I've missed a few.)
And that should be cool, it should be a signal to engage in, ya know, dialogue about stuff. Writing, stories, whatever.
But they're treated differently than the regular YABS creators.
Now, Peter David was here about something other than his work, that was pretty damn controversial and I'll give you that.
But see, I figure unless someone is an obvious troll (Okay, or yet another person wanting to take digs at the WIR MANIFESTO!) they should be treated the same as regular posters. Because they're here, so they're posters as well.
Now I'm not saying that we shouldn't say "you know, I'm really not enjoying your JLA story, Dwayne." I'm saying that maybe it wouldn't hurt to tone down the "I think your story sucks and blankety blank fig newton" and instead try to approach it in the same way we'd talk about Gail's work.
Because when we don't like Gail's stuff, we say so. But we don't say "this is a steaming pile of shit." We say "this, this is not working for me here. I'm not buying Diana does X, I think the plot is confusing, and I just am not cool with punching gorillas off waterfalls okay???!!"
So why we do have to resort to the different tone with other creators? Especially when it's become damn clear there are a lot of creators who write the books we read either hanging out here on CBR or on YABS specifically?
***And this is not me as moderator in the least. It's me noticing that, well, it's something I don't get, and why do we do that??