Why do we let it happen?
People may get offended by what others say in threads, but that is their opinion. They are entitled to what they feel, think or believe in. Just because their reasoning for such beliefs doesn't match with someone else's doesn't mean they have to be treated unfairly. It can go both ways.
All I'm saying is that the past few days I have seen a few disagreements that really have turned into grudges that result in hurt feelings. (Especially mine, even though I wasn't involved in them ). I can't stand to see people (my friends) get into this. I can see discussing a difference of opinion but when it comes to degrading someone that just isn't very nice. It continues on in various threads as if people are targeting each other.
I understand that there are some that have ulterior motives, such as to cause a "posse" of sorts to get others to dislike someone but that to me is unfair. I think that the people who do that are not secure with what their cause is and need verification from others that what they do or say is right. And what that does is put others into the middle of it.
The ignore feature might help in these instances so nothing is seen that can be hurtful and therefore, no retaliation is warranted.
In the words of Rodney whathisname, "C-c-can't we all just g-g-get along?"