Well, I used to feel like you about reporting a rude post. I still kind of hesitate. But I get in trouble if I stick up for someone else. And, it generally gets a war going back and forth and nasty feelings on all sides. So it is really better to just notify.
The mods will not always do the same thing. Sometimes they will read it and give a general warning to keep things nice. Sometimes they edit posts. Sometimes they warn people. Sometimes they do all three. And I suppose more often than not they just keep an eye on the thread to ensure it doesn't get any worse because what was said wasn't over the line to personal attacks or inciting to riot.
I think that people who have been around longer, or have a higher post count, pretty much have a better idea where the line is, they may go over, or they may stretch the line a bit, but they are less likely to get trounced because they can usually stay in the OK column -- unless it is late at night and you are talking to someone who isn't making much sense at all, and you don't have the sense to just close up and go home.
I think some topics are going to have more emotion involved in them. Whether to breed your dog, training, and others. People are passionate about GSDs, and they really, REALLY do not like to hear about dogs that are, in their opinion being mistreated. Without passion this site would be terribly lacking. But passion will lead to people crossing or really getting close to that line. Newbies often aren't as good at knowing how to respond to hard questions and what actually feels like an attack but is actually just asked in the better interests of the dogs in question or the breed.
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