[Nupe The Ripper] Thursday, May 23, 2013 1:06:55 PM
What's pissing me off? Logging on here every day, noticing that there's 90+ new messages, most of them regarding the same topic. People arguing who is a "true fan" and who isn't: the other side claims only those who love everything the band has done with Rob have the right to call themselves that, while others claim that "true fans" have the right to criticise the band whenever they feel that they've taken a turn in the wrong direction, while also praising them for all the good stuff they've done. Truth is, no-one has the right to judge that - it's a very individual and personal thing. I'm leaning more towards the latter option, and admit that Priest has made some very poor decisions in their career and not every song by them is a masterpiece (some of them are hideously bad), but I also respect the opinion at the other end of the spectrum.
Arguing about this matter is even more stupider than the more common arguments among metal fans - that of the purpoted superiority of a certain subgenre or band. At least in those cases it's the fans of different bands that are arguing, but here we have fans of the same band attacking each other, claiming their view is correct. And when the argument slows down a bit, instead of trying to settle either one of the sides will start flogging the proverbial dead horse again and spark up the same discussion. This furthers nothing but the declination of this site's importance.
I don't care who started all of this, but it's really making the site feel inhospitable. So could you all please put an end to it? Stop replying to each others' messages, and if it's too hard to do it on your own, use the ignore button so you won't see the messages of whomever you think is offending your own views too much.