Rises to the soap box I have some things I have to get off of my chest. We have been trying to work through a difficult period w/ this group for a few weeks now. And today the proverbial garbage hit the fan, as far as I am concerned. Our Alter Ego Weekend was ruined not just by the boards being on the fritz, but also because of some person(s) who refused to cooperate and who took the jokes a little too far. We also have had someone trying to destroy all of the work that Mike has done to improve his reputation, not just w/i the RMFF, but across the boards. I would say that the one person who has done an amazing job of growing as a member would be Mike, and to see someone trying to trash that has irked me to the point that I have privately encouraged action to prevent any further damage. I intended to keep it private until it was brought up earlier. However, now I believe that I have done a disservice not just to Mike, but to the whole RMFF, by keeping silent about my rage. I am sorry, especially now, that I did not speak out then. For the last two days I have been arranging a friendly invasion of Detroit, due to the, hopefully, upcoming visit of one of their members. However, this has been ruined by person(s) who have taken an invasion for a flame fest. Even after several warnings, it continued. I plan to offer my apologies to Detroit, in the hopes to preserve a tenable relationship with them. Although I still believe the RMFF will continue, I also believe that these events have greatly hurt, not just our reputation, but our ability to act as a group. I can only pray that we get through this diaster together. I apologize to you all for not speaking up before, but I was under the delusion that the preceding behaviors would work themselves out in a natural way. I was terribly wrong. I will ask only one thing to come out of this mess, if you feel that something is wrong, please speak up and let it be known. We will accomplish nothing without growth, and to grow we must learn from our mistakes. steps down from the soap box, and sits w/ head in hands EDIT:Sorry, I made the mistake of letting things build up instead of bringing it out into the open right away. However, I do believe that things will move on, I just felt that I needed to speak my mind.