I know this isn't a magick topic, but it is in the non-magick misc section so hopefully it fits. At first the post may not even seem to relate to the site, but bare with me, it makes sense after you read the whole thing.
A Story: On a game called World of Warcraft I normally play as a warrior. Decked out in plate armor and holding a shield, I am what is called a "tank." My job is to keep all the monsters focusing on me so my team doesn't get killed. My sister plays a healing class and as such it's her job to make sure I have health so I can continue keeping the monsters off the rest of the team and everyone stays living.
As is typical of a tank and healer relationship, we sometimes criticized each others tactics. She would say I need to do better at holding aggro (I'd like to point out I have it working perfectly now) and I would say she needs to heal more without stealing aggro. Obviously neither of us really understood the complications of each other's roles so we decided to switch places.
As a healing class I learned the downsides of her position. The issue of keeping mana, not catching a monster's attention, and still managing to keep the party alive. She learned the complications of a tank; paying attention to an entire mob and juggling taunt skills to keep their attention while also having to keep an eye on how much damage the party is doing to ensure nobody gets noticed and attacked.
A great experience for us, we now work better as a team and understand more about the game. So it is with all things though. I noticed another thread in which mods were being criticized for what they do, but have you ever been in their position? What about as a priest or priestess, have you ever had to do their job? Even council, if you haven't been in the position you may not fully understand what it's like to be there.
This lesson extends beyond the immediate website as well. Being a parent, a teacher, a leader of any kind, except politicians. I don't mean to bring up politics, but we all know whenever something goes wrong it's got to be their fault. (joking)
I just thought I'd share my story and hope to spread a little patience and tolerance amongst the masses. Thank you for reading.