First (A Disclaimer): I know I don't always "play well with others" on here. (I get upset and speak harshly, too, from time to time.) I know that I can be off-putting due to the person I am. (Irreverence, irrelevance, &c) I know I tend to say the wrong thing at the wrong time. (Tact has never been my strong suit.) I know I can be juvenile. (Hell, I'm 25 what can you expect of a guy?!) I know I am easily written off due to the above factors. (It can be hard to hear the "Truth" from a "Fool.") Now: Acknowledging full well that I would probably do best to not mention this - with what I've been seeing on here; how I feel about the situation; and how many that I speak to publicly and/or privately feel, I wanted to again express myself. I made this post to the Venting Thread! on July 17th. The sentiment that lies in it is something to which I think all sides of these ultimately fickle little disagreements can relate. I won't go into much further (on that topic) here, as it's been said in the linked post. My Real Inquiries: What happened to the community that was so appealing that I tenaciously hung about and fought my way in after being such a royal fuck-up when I initially signed on? I deserved the welcome I got, and I think I've earned what little credibility and respect that I now have. Why is it that we don't seem able to display any of that respect or acknowledge credibility any longer? How can we see some of our favorite members leave, go silent, and/or be persecuted and do absolutely nothing?! Those questions, and these, go to both seasoned and new members: To those of us who've been around a bit: Why can't we lend the benefit of the doubt and do our best to behave (or not "play" at all)? To those who have just joined recently: Did/do you honestly expect to jump in here (or any other established community) and have 100% approval, credibility, and respect when you have done nothing to earn it or allowed anyone to get to know you? Thank you all for your time. All thoughts appreciated and accepted.* ~10_3XL Your Friendly Neighborhood (Occasionally) Sagacious Buffoon *Author's Request: Please try to avoid "flames," "trolling," and off-topic discussion in this thread - for my sake if nothing else.