A Thank-You to Long-time Contributors
Moeilijk wants to say "Thanks" to all the contributors who have been here more than two months. All of you have made this site worth visiting. Your blogs, comments, attempts to help and bizarre sense of humour have really made a difference in my life.
I've been noticing the weekly greetings to new members, and while you are indeed welcome, it's really sad that this welcome is being done in a way disrespectful to longtime and current members. You see, the welcome messages only started after 15+ longtime members were banned from the site. All of their blogs and comments, all of the help that they had doled out over the past 10 years is now gone.
Anytime information is purged, it's sad. But it's particularly sad that this 'banning' happened without discussion, warning, or opportunity to improve. So all of us have lost this valuable resource. And honestly, I miss being able to read some oldie-but-goodie posts from long-ago, and I miss hearing from those posters in the here-and-now.
But that's me.
What's also me is this. I think about the resentment and anger that admin must have towards existing members. Imagine taking the effort every week to look up how many new users, and make a post about it, when for years, admin paid barely an annual visit. And this celebration of new people, in the wake of jettisoning the old in a manner that lacked honour, respect, and integrity, feels tawdry.
I don't take it as an insult, although I assume it's meant to show the older users how little they matter. What I do is imagine how angry and resentful I would have to be in order to behave this way - to even go so far as to turn off commenting so that I don't have to hear that I might be behaving poorly - and then I imagine being this person, who does this. Who turns a lovely site full of all kinds of people into one where comments get turned off and blogs are deleted and users are banned....
And I'm ashamed. Not for myself, but I feel the shame admin should be feeling for this conduct. It is unbecoming.
And I hope you all read fast and furious, because I imagine this little burst of dissension will result in me being banned, even though I obviously have violated no terms of conduct nor have I crossed any lines of appropriate online conduct.
If I am no longer here, you all have my best wishes for happy and fulfulling lives. And if I get to stick around, you still have my best wishes for happy and fulfilling lives!