It's no secret there are quite a few PUTC fans frustrated with how some are choosing to comment on the stories we're posting to PickupTrucks.com. The majority of our readers are some of the most insightful and passionate pickup truck enthusiasts you'll find on the internet, and all the truck manufacturers know that. That's why they come here to check out what we're talking about.
Unfortunately, there are a few people abusing the privilege and responsibility that comes with wanting to make a contributing remark about a story or topic we've introduced. In fact, we've seen a lot more disrespectful responses in many conversations lately. We know there always will be disagreements and strongly held beliefs, but when the discussion turns personal or opinions get intentionally misrepresented, nobody wins, least of all other readers.
Additionally, we are aware of the abuses regarding name choices or posing as other longtime attendees and are discouraged ourselves by this. We don't understand what value this has or what objective it serves, but the most we can do is ban IP addresses or email accounts and then wait to see if they pop up again using a different computer or other route to the internet. Of course this silly game is a waste of our time and of yours, but our only alternative is to shut down the site's reader-response capability, which would severely limit the ultimate value PUTC is attempting to offer.
So where do we go from here when the actions of a few so negatively impact the choices of the well-behaved and interested pickup enthusiasts? We'll have to wait and see. For now, we are considering all options and hope you will continue to keep our discussions at the highest levels for the sake of others. And, as always, we thank you for continuing to make us one of your regular stops on the internet, but understand that could change when the abuses of a few put us all at risk.
We don't want to shut down the opportunity our readers have to respond to, add to or even offer questions about the stories, road tests, news items or commentaries we post, but we will if all posting readers don't include the respect for others as one of their main responsibilities. Thank you for your time.