I wonder how much better we could make online spaces if we took more cues from farmers. Because any farmer can tell you, the deer will never decide to stop being deer. It’s your job to protect your garden. Or, at least, make it inhospitable enough that the pests move on to the next one.
The thing that people miss about gardening is the same thing people miss about online community. It’s never about one plant or one person. A garden is an ecosystem, each piece is an integral part of a greater whole, from the beautiful flowers to the grossest bugs, and the system exerts far more influence than any one thing.