But I really think there are a couple of things that should probably be addressed. First of all, as an oldbie casually taking an interest in these forums again (and for those of you who may not know, I was actually here way back in '98 under the name Peter. Some may remember, some not, but I was here, and actually saw OWC post) I have noticed a couple of alarming trends that caused problems way back in the day, and seem to be recurring again. The problem seems to be this: Mods don't like certain posters, and tend to cause trouble for them, at the same time pandering to "favorites." Take, for instance, gundark's request to have sarcasm unbanned. That hardly seems like spam, no matter how you cut it. What is so terribly wrong about asking for a name to be unbanned? And Wattowatta's thread about the closing of PB's "______ is passed out on my couch" thread. Now apparently PB isn't in high favor around here. And apparently threads mentioning alcohol are no longer allowed (which seems pretty ridiculous, but there you have it). The point is, it looks suspicously like the thread was closed simply because PreacherBoy was involved in it a long time ago, and you can't have his name running around on the boards causing strife. That may not be what it was, but that is what it looks like to me. Also, when this was actually brought up in the communications thread by Wattowatta, it was promptly closed down. "If you have a problem, PM the Mod in question." This is a simple effort to not have to deal with biases in public. Mods are not gods, as stated before, and therefore do have biases. It once again appears that certain Mods are taking the low road, not admitting error, and putting it in 'private' where no one else can see, 'cause it might make them look bad. This is a community forum. The community should be allowed to have their say. The Mods should not determine who has a voice and who doesn't, just because someone may happen to disagree with someone else. If someone is causing problems (and by problems I actually mean something that is more than whining) then you may be within your rights to take action. But locking threads that are mostly harmless, except for the mentioning of alcohol, when they used to be the norm, and often quite amusing, on this board just seems wrong. Then there is the post in the TPM forum about the new banner, where LMM gets pretty indignant and says his opinion is the way things are simply because he is a "staff member." It is things like this that really caused problems in the community of yesteryear. I am now beginning to remember why I did leave these boards in the first place, and am finding very little reason to stay.