Ugh, it does seem dumb and petty, but…
I just don’t like the idea of letting attackers retreat in good order and rally in peace. It lets them learn lessons and reform their organization to hit you harder next time.
And they will
be back for someone else, with a leadership radicalized by this fight, and using the “safe spaces” they’ve pulled back to as assembly areas for new attacks.
I’m not suggesting an all-out spammy-harrassy pissing match. People are too tired, for one thing. But I do think it’s sensible to stay in contact in some low-key way, if only to stop it blindsiding us next time.
I’ve seen this kind of thing before, lurking like I always do. The big TVtropes smut-purge was a good example of it–the defenders won a battle, got complacent, and ended up losing the war because the opposition kept working quietly in defeat.
I know it’s petty, but I hate losing.
@Carcer definitely agreed. They’re worse than useless to both the site and the cause they were supposedly made to support.