I'll admit that I don't post in the substantive parts of this forum. But I do read it frequently and I noticed that the forum seemed snarkier over the last few months. Even when I felt I had something constructive to add to a conversation, I held off because I noticed a trend of dog piling.
I am glad to know I wasn't crazy, but deeply saddened to know that a game was afoot by a few people.
I am not a prominent member of this forum. I was never aware of the Facebook group. I do not believe every member of the Facebook group was involved. I do believe that many in this group were unaware of what some of their members were up to. But, as many have stated, this forum is not a democracy. There are clearly stated rules we all agreed to follow. This community is losing many members who offered support, good advice, and the occasional kick in the pants when needed because those rules have to be enforced. Otherwise, this forum becomes a free for all and I don't believe any of us want to see that.
I come here because its a safe place. Yes, I am troubled by recent events. I wish that the bannings and gaggings did not have to happen. But I want this forum to be a healthy place again. How much evidence do we as a community really need to see before the healing can begin?