Why do we accept overtly aggressive posts?
As a society, we are more active on-line, and this affords us the ability to speak & act anonymously. Born out of this is the keyboard warrior. The user who posts with feckless abandon, safe in the knowledge that they post without having to take responsibility for their utterances. They can spout a caustic bile, a bile they'd never dare mention in public, in the real world for fear of being ostracised, or assaulted!
This phenomenon isn't unique to on-line media: the safety provided by a car can bring out similar characteristics. There is one subtle difference though. If someone in a car cut you up, or cuts you off at a junction, the next 3 or 4 cars don't "thank" the culprit. There's no flashing of lights, to signal - job well done! No, thankfully, there's an acknowledgment that they're being a dick.
Take our boards. Assuming other posters agree with the salient point of a poster, posters (some) are only more than happy to "thank" an aggressive, caustic post. The culprit is de-facto congratulated. Why? Because we're on their side of the argument? That’s good enough now?? Why do we let this happen???
Sure we have trolls, we have people who are looking for a rise, we have argumentative people, and aggressive people. But why do we let the tone of our online lives be mired with wanton aggression? These posts shouldn't be thanked, they should be banned. There should be no warnings for a personal attack, it should be instantaneous time out.
As a society, we need to stamp this out, it's not good enough. We are building constructs where it's acceptable to be a horrible individual. Wouldn't you agree?