From time time to time I take a break from this site, and in one of those more-recent breaks, I 'discovered' Reddit.
After a couple of months, and one unjustified ban, I came to the realization that the site was not really worth my time, as it is mostly peopled with trolls, loud-mouths, and other uneducated people. That is not to say that all users there are idiots; some are really cool and knowledgeable personages (such as Anthony Bourdain).
Not all was bad; in fact, one site feature was interesting:
i.e. tags that express the answerer's POV as a header before they even post an answer.
Here on EL&U, we quite often have discussions/disagreements in comments and answers as well, in which the POV depends totally on the user's preferences for a grammar which might not be obvious for the uninitiated.
This is confusing for new contributors, and may actually drive them away from the site.
When we are contentious over obscure details that the new user does not understand, we are undercutting and undermining the 'helpful aspects' of the site. After all, who wants to go to an English information site offering "Get Help for practical detailed questions" and end up in the middle of an internal culture war?
I am suggesting some kind of declaration, such as if one belonged to a political party.
Some suggestions for User Tags
Generative Semanticist (*in Honor of John L)
I am open to suggestions...
...but the point is:
We need more transparency, especially on the part of users who continually insist that their POV is the only acceptable and possible one.