It can go a certain way, yes, but I can point to examples where people are arguing and say "That's what anger is" That doesn't help me in identifying anger outside of that situation.
Also, I fail to see how Meikle was 'wisecracking'. Since no one has actually explained what toxicity is, am I free to just say that inaccurate and dismissive assertions of other people is toxic as well?
This is why I asked what toxic means, to avoid things like that. But the OP is the only one who can really clarify that, so I'll just wait for them.
Well, since it appears this thread is otherwise permanently derailed, I guess I'll take a stab at this.
Sabby, toxicity, in the context of forum activity, is a term describing behavior that leads to damaging the health of the forum by way of hostility, exclusivity, and general dickishness. How does toxicity differ from trolling, since that could very well be a description of trolling also, you ask? Well, trolling more often tends to just piss people off, derail topics and generally make a nuisance of itself. Toxicity is more lethal. It's posting patterns that kill topics outright by making people afraid to respond, or even broach the subject at all if it's one that resembles an earlier thread that went down in horrible flames. It's a brand of offensiveness that leaves no room for counterplay other than an equal and opposite hostile reaction that ends with everyone having a bitter taste in their mouth and a nulled interest in returning to the forum.
In some ways it's a newer version of what used to be referred to as cancer on some sites, as in "X is the cancer that is killing Y." Cancer, in that context, can be any number of things, however, where toxicity is more strictly related to hostile/noninclusive behavior that kills the healthy growth of a site.
Does that help at all?