There’s a few angles to consider with the whole idea of “shark tank mentality“.
“Those who accept the power of the dark side must also accept the challenge of holding on to it. By its very nature the dark side invites rivalry and strife. This is the greatest strength of the Sith: it culls the weak from our order. Yet this rivalry can also be our greatest weakness.”
Fictional though it may be, I happen to believe in the essence of the quote.
What I suggest is mindfullness.
Be mindful of the fact that your peers aren’t just useless or irritating; no matter how much they might rub you the wrong way, they can still be useful, and they’re still competent Dark Adepts.
Be mindful of the fact that newcomers a) might not be able to handle abrasive discussion (yet) and b) haven’t proven, one way or the other, whether they’re worthy of anything beyond negligent attention.
Be mindful. That’s what I suggest.
About the dwindling numbers, I would point towards these….
For those that are worthy – even if you don’t like them – I believe the discussions can be more worthwhile.
Regarding those unfamiliar with the nature of conflict, I believe they can be accomadated and allowed to grow without it being thrust onto them the moment they post an introduction.
These are suggestions and feelings of mine. Take them or leave them, but whatever you decide to do with it, give it some consideration. Be mindful.
(Written January 23rd, 2012)