People come and go for various reasons, but no one should be made to feel unwelcome without cause. To someone who is a long time poster and has made a commitment to the forum, to be demeaned in a personal way is wrong and immature. We all have friends on here and people we don't like so much. There are posters whose posts I won't address because of how I perceive their attitude, but to go out of our way to demean someone in a personal way is wrong.
The internet is a place of anonymity. Some people feel thay can do and say things they otherwise would be chastised for. We get trolls and sock puppets and people who lack integrity, which is sad. But among humans, the same rules of integrity should apply in every instance, even on the internet. That which demeans one among us demeans us all.
We can only hope that one so damaged can see that the majority of us here are above that, and choose either to stay or return, as the case applies. there are people gone that we miss, and we are the lesser for their absence. And likewise we should comport ourselves in a way that raises our level of integrity and makes us all better, rather than the opposite.
Drunkenshoe has been given cause to feel demeaned and unwelcome, and it is sad. She PM'd me a few weeks ago concerning a personal issue, and I in turn was impressed by her forthrightness and her sense of balance, and her intelligence. If she has been given cause to leave for unfair personal insults, it is wrong and shameful. Shameful to the forum, and everyone connected with it.
This forum is important. It matters, in both a personal sense and in the larger scheme of things. We are a voice of sanity in a world filled with craziness. Hopefully we can see the larger picture, and work by our treatment of others here to maintain and improve the quality of the forum overall.