Originally Posted by TriangleChoke
it's all of the above. Obviously certain sigs, avs and handles are more recognizable to me than others, and do certain avatars, sigs, and handles attract my attention or repell my attention? ABSOLUTELY.
There are people on these forums who I think are ignorant, racist and pathetic wastes of human flesh, and I'm sure there are those who think the same about me. When it comes to some of these people, at least for the most part I try to just ignore their posts because it's usually nonsense.
There are other avatars that I may come across that make me stop and at least glance at the post. Like yours for instance--If I'm scrolling through a thread and I see Drama's picture, I'm more than likely going to look at the post because I recognize it as you, whom I consider a respectable and knowledgeable poster.
Same goes for Sundance's avatar of that fighter, what's his name? Ian Suckuberry? I know he sucks and got raped by Terry Martin (kidding dont let your g string get stuck too far up your arse) but whenever I see that avatar, I usually stop and take a glance at the post. Same goes with all the mods and admins because either they are vets of the forums or they are knowledgeable and insightful posters. There are plenty of other avs and sigs that draw my attention, but there are way more forums members that I choose to skip over their posts because it's not even worth taking 30 seconds to read imo.
We already have this in a way with Noob Jack City and the General Forum, but I think it would be nice to have another thread for people who have been here long enough, have at least a 1000 posts, and maybe a certain number of rep. It kind of sucks coming to the forums now-a-days because it is starting to remind me of sherdog more and more everyday, simply because of the growth. MMANews fortunately lacks a large number of trolls
I feel pretty much the same way you do about the state of the forum and certain people who post. I personally ignore about 80% of the posters and just read veteran posters posts like yours, mauladala, deeznizzies, ufo, palma, smoogy, Legend, Afro, Foutch, Rivethead, kc56, Jokertheif and the mods posts.
There are a few other vets that I read up but can't remember their names atm and would take up too much space but thats really about it because most of those are the ones that actually have a damn clue about what they're talkin about.
I just can't be bothered to read a bunch of copy and paste responses 40 times in a row in a single thread alone, which is one reason why I really haven't been posting in the general MMA forum for a while because most things that I wanted to say or could have been said are posted already.
I just wish there were more things to talk about on the main MMA boards instead of the same old shit all the time. I know you guys really can't help that but just saying that is one reason why things have been stale as of late.
And the politics/religion section, that isn't even worthy of being brought up. The section the way I see it is pretty much designed for flame wars and etc, and to be quite honest, I go in there for that alot of the time because that stuff is hilarious and interesting for forums.