I just arrived here on Planet NR, so I cannot speak to the history of these altercations and I don't know anything about any particular members who might have nefarious intentions.
However I do have a lot of experiences in other forums on other sites regarding these kinds of "wars". I got looped into one once on another site with a woman who I approached with openness and humility because she appeared to have something to teach me. In response I got the most Ego-driven condescending comments which, incidentally, didn't even answer the question I posed.....
Then I realized later she probably felt threatened because her overstanding of the issue was not complete, and my question threatened to make that clear. I couldn't believe she responded this way, however, because I emailed her privately so that it wouldn't become a public display if she couldn't answer me. And yet she reacted so nastily. I began composing this long response to tell her about herself and then I wondered, what is the point?
Maybe I am wrong. Perhaps I should have confronted her. But I got the feeling she was in no place to see the lesson and understand that I came not with the intention to threaten but the intention to exchange.
In short, I gave up.
So I want to big-up LYRA for her suggestions that certain provocative posts just be ignored. Maybe that is the most beneficial approach.
However, one point on the metaphysics of the internet:
While I agree that in many ways the world of internet forums are "imaginary" and "all in our minds" I do know from my own experience that people's auras, intentions and energies can be read, crystal clear, even through emails, forum posts, and instant messages.
In other words, this perceived negative energy can be real, even if it is not exchanged in the physical 3d world between two flesh bodies speaking aloud.....
nevertheless, just as in the flesh-and-blood realm, it is not necessary to react.
If you sense someone is being silly, bigoted, provocative, immature, unreasonable, ego-driven, remember this:
The Eagle does not hunt the Flea!!
Personally I look forward to the widest range of participants possible, even if this means that occassionally someone sneaks in with nasty negativity. Even the dogmatic and unreasonable may have something to teach me...
I feel a lot of gratitude that this site exists. I am interested to see how things will manifest if there are more pranksters infiltrating. It is a challenge to decide how to deal with them. Good luck, Montalk!