I rarely post, but I'm sufficiently dismayed by this thread, and all the other recent threads like it, that I felt unable to resist.
We have a simple request from Matt and Ryan that folks please not post gripes, snide remarks, anger, insults, etc. in their metagame report threads. This isn't unreasonable. It's probably very disheartening to do all the work they do, share it with the community, and have the overall response be one of vitriol -- regardless of where that vitriol is directed.
Let's be very clear. They aren't saying "don't post it anywhere", they're saying "please don't post this in direct response to my blood, sweat, and tears". I don't think that's much of an imposition, and it seems to me that honoring that request is the reasonable, empathetic thing to do.
I'd also like to put out a general call for empathy in this forum. It's especially important when discussing B&R and the metagame, because Magic players often personally identify with their favorite strategies, and when discussing B&R it's easy to feel like the stakes are high.
I think we'd all be a lot better off if we could collectively make an effort to be kinder to each other. Assume good faith and intelligence of others. Don't say things in a post that you wouldn't say to someone's face. Seek to find common ground instead of setting out to make caricatures of how you perceive the 'opposition'. Be patient with the metagame and with each other. And don't make posts that aren't how you'd like to be remembered as a human being.
I doubt I'm alone in thinking that we have a severe degree of polarization, of entrenched viewpoints, and of the invective that comes with that. It's tiring! And it can easily become a downwards spiral that drives good contributions out of the community.
Be well, folks.