I bet there are some members that think too much
ranting and attacks are allowed. Then some think it is cut off too soon. We all have different ideas. Statistically, almost no one will think it is exactly right. And realistically, since the mods are human, I bet everyone
thinks something was handled less than perfect. And ya know what? They are right. Sometimes they are
handled wrong. I'm OK with that. The forum is much better because we are
Andy and the mods try to hold the level to what they think works. It attracts a lot of members. But the forum is not for everyone. People that don't like it can leave (and I mean that factually, not as a "good riddance" comment).
Bottom line: If the forum gets more lax in what it allows, it'll attract more members. And loose more members. The membership
will change because the forum has changed. My personal opinion is that there are more choices for more volatile forums
than calm ones.
I think it is great to have the discussions about what is allowed and what isn't. But in the end, we need to let Andy run his forum like he wants, and the large majority of members that stick around will be the kind of people he wants in his forum. The others will go find a forum that meets their needs.
Thanks to Andy and the mods for creating a forum that I
like. And thanks to all of you that keep your posts in line with the desired atmosphere. And especially
thanks to those that tolerated me when I didn't.
I'm sorry Chuck has left. Sullivan, too. I thought both of them fit in here very nicely. They obviously felt different. I hope they both find forums
or other means to find what they want. Selfishly, I hope they both change their minds and come back.
The short form of what I said above is this: It is valuable to discuss all this, but none of us can reasonably expect the forum to be changed to be exactly what we want. We should appreciate it for what it is and tolerate what we don't like (if we can), or leave (if we can't). I appreciate the fact that tolerance is shown when we express our opinions about this forum.
PS camaraderie, this probably isn't necessary, but I don't want you to take my post as a slam aimed directly at you: Your post is an example of very clearly and nicely explaining your view that this forum does not totally meet your needs. If everyone posted as reasonably as you, we might not be having this discussion