No, it’s not. But there are two sides to every story, and on this particular occasion, I see fault from both sides.
A new member comes into our community, posts enthusiastically about a browser that they have found to be to their liking, and instead of further questions of why they like it (as their original post was light on details) or why someone should use it when Safari already fulfils their needs — you know, the kind of discussion you might expect from sane, sensible, rational discourse of personal browser preferences — is instead met with scepticism and thinly-veiled accusations of being a marketing shill.
Their response only escalated the situation — perhaps justifiably so, going by a previous incident in another topic where their (admittedly somewhat inflammatory) comment was quickly shot down as being off-topic, when a more appropriate response would have just been to flag the post.
I’ve touched on this before, but for whatever reason, there seems to be some kind of “if you don’t agree with me you must be wrong” culture here that leads to these kinds of confrontational engagements we get now and again. Usually, someone says something someone else doesn’t agree with, and instead of attacking the point, they respond by attacking the individual. Instead of rationally explaining, in 1200 words or more, why Vivaldi is, in fact, superior to Chrome, Safari, and any other browser you care to name, we instead go for the throat. Or, perhaps worse, leave the conversation altogether, which is a net loss for any civilised discourse that we were going to have on the subject.
And look, I get it. Humans are emotional. I don’t like being told I’m wrong, and I don’t know many people that do. But if you tell me why, I might be a little more accepting of your particular point of view. And even if I continue to disagree, that’s fine too, so long as I don’t resort to ad-hominem name calling or conduct unbecoming of what I’d expect from rational adults on the internet.
If you didn’t read the FAQ/community guidelines when you signed up, that’s cool, only 73 people have out of the 500-ish that we have in Trust Level 1 or higher, but I’d recommend taking a(nother) look so you can see the kind of conduct we expect, which outlines pretty much everything I’ve covered here.
So yes, I absolutely agree that there’s no need for swearing, name calling, or outrage. But by the same token, I’d expect new and unfamiliar faces to be given a warm welcome. I’m not asking you to molly-coddle them, roll out the red carpet, wait on their hand and foot, or anything like that. Just be nice to your fellow Apple enthusiasts. Be sceptical, sure, but be nice about it.
As always, Toby and I are reachable by PM if you want to discuss something specific privately.
I’m locking this topic now that it’s been thoroughly derailed. If you wish to continue discussing your preferred web browser (and/or the merits of Vivaldi over others), please start a new topic.