This forum has taken a real turn for the worst in the last year. It's becoming worse and worse. The sniping at each other is getting unbearable and the name calling is just ridiculous. I know we joke around a lot calling each other dumb and things like that but now the name calling and the backlash has become rude and really harmful. What has happened? Are we just tired of each other? Have we formed such strong opinions of others that we just can't talk about football anymore and share options without this kind of hateful name calling? I get that we've been around each other a long time but why the animosity? Forums/message boards are for sharing opinions. Sure we debate and argue but this name calling just has to stop. I notice that some long time members have stopped posting altogether. I don't know if they have just left the forum or are just consumed with the troubles of the world. I suspect it's more the former ... it's just getting tiring. To start here is what we're going to do. We're closing the Carr thread. Nothing good is coming form that discussion and it's totally counterproductive. We're also closing the Random Thoughts thread because it has too often gone off the rails and posters just can't stop with the political references. I've explained so many times why political discussion isn't welcome here but I guess it's a hard concept to grasp. We'll create a COVID-19 thread in the NST forum and ask that we keep the discussion contained to issues related to the virus, i.e. vaccines, solutions, trends, PPE etc. Do not let your opinions of government's handling of the situation leak into the conversation or we'll close that thread too. Remember everybody has an opinion and that is okay. If you feel it necessary to debate somebody's opinion do it respectfully. Maybe you have suggestions on how we can get back to a reasonable discussion forum about the Raiders and sports in general. I realize this is a tough time for everybody with what is happening in the world and that we all have a lot of extra time on our hands but there is no reason for this kind of behavior. With all that said, if anybody feels it's too difficult to get back to a normal discussion format please feel free to leave and find a place that is more to your liking. I have tried to provide a place for us to congregate and talk about the Raiders. I have footed the bill completely out of my own pocket. I've never ask for money, never put ads on the site to annoy everybody but really it's getting tiring. To be honest I have considered closing this thing down as it's really becoming difficult to wade through all the hateful posts aimed at one another. I hope it doesn't come to that but it might.