>It is extremely sad to see the
>'discussion' site on ENB's website has
>been abused to such an
>extent that its purpose has
>been totally destroyed.
I agree entirely. I looked at the ENB bulletin board a few months ago and was as surprised as you were. What is really sad is that there are some interesting entries as well, but these are swamped under a weight of vicious, abusive comments. Seemingly, we are relatively lucky in this country as the ENB experience is quite common in the US. The Internet does seem to have a propensity to remove inhibitions so that people act and 'talk' in a way that they would not use in other situations.
> Is it not possible to trace these bad-mouthed
> anonymous contributors or delete their
Regular monitoring and deletion is required. Ballet Alert did this speedily and efficaciously on one recent occasion with a poster who went off the rails. As far as I know it has not been necessary on ballet.co, with the exception of a potentially libellous posting. It does seem to be like a virulent infection, in that once such pollution starts on a site like the ENB one, it rapidly takes over.
As with many aspects of websites, regular attention is required and it looks as though the busy people at ENB do not monitor their bulletin board. I do find it surprising, as it doesn't do the company reputation any good to leave such material on their site.
It's difficult to know which is sadder - an expensive, empty bulletin board like that of the RB or the ill-tempered and often foul-mouthed ENB one.