I do think it would be appreciated if a mod stepped in and warned posters when people start to head into gag-worthy behavior, as someone mentioned above.
In fact, in the PinkWildRose thread, I think someone even said because EhellDame had posted in that thread, surely she would have admonished posters if they were out of line. That line can often be nebulous when it comes to this board in terms of gag-able behavior. Perhaps if a warning is laid down first, people will learn for the future. While I can see how some of the posts in that thread maybe have been a little wise-guy, it would not have occurred to me they were gag-worthy.
It's easy to fall into a pattern of going along with the joke in the thread. Human nature, even. I admit I read that thread immediately feeling it was false, or exaggerated, from the first read, before anyone else made a comment. I realize that outlandish things happen to people, but it starts to feel a little out of the realm of reality when it seems like repeatedly outlandish things happen to the same person due to far-reaching coincidences.
A repeated saga like Marina's neighbor made sense. She lived next door. Of course run ins would happen more than once. As someone also said, fictional stories that aren't designed to evoke sympathy or commiseration are one thing. Ones that have a clear villain don't seem productive to me other than to boost someone's ego or earn them attention. Hypothetically, if the Ty story was false, was there going to be any discussion of who was right or wrong? Clearly this was a blatant horrendous act.
Even as a truth, when an OP has that much of a clear imbalance in the right/wrong department, I sort of see it as a rant rather than a legitimate discussion starter. I also notice the 'rant' type post:
"I went to the store, someone cut me, but I stood up for myself. He cursed me under his breath but moved to the back of the line.
Glad I got the last brownie we were both eyeing. (insert winky/devilish emoticon here)"
are becoming more, and more frequent. Both fictional or otherwise, I don't really get the benefit in posting a story you already know you were entirely right. Where's the discussion?