I haven't logged in to babble for about a week (maybe just under that) and I'd like to take the time to say that I won't be posting here for awhile.
Michelle, thanks for doing a thankless job. I appreciate the work you do here.
For me, this place is getting toxic. Far too toxic to be healthy for me anyways. I have been posting here for quite some time. I've met some good net people, and some I may have regular spats with (Sven) but I like them as well.
Before I leave for my hiatus from babble, I'd like to say a couple of things:
1) I believe that Saga has contributed greatly to the Aboriginal forum, and that she was right in her assessment of what happened in the kiddie rape thread. However, it is quite clear to me that she has a major problem with Babble as a whole, and me and Michelle in particular. I also don't think it is fair nor wise to have let her spew her rantings for 100 posts in the Babble Reactions thread. I think she has been given far too much leeway. Saga is a big part of why I am leaving. I am sure this makes her happy.
2) Cueballs performance in the thread on kiddie rape was appalling. I have no issue with innocent before proven guilty, and I am no fan of the police. I think my posting hiostory shows that. But it seemed to me that that entire thread was first and foremost posted by remind to get people taking about the issue of child abuse, and that got quickly derailed by Cueball with his "idiot" comments and his extrapolation of police work on kiddie porn to that of taking away the rights of activists was in poor taste (in that I concur with pretty much all the females who tried to get that thread back on track).
3) Making Fidel leave because he asked a question, a legit question, about whether Cueball had been stuck in pop-ups, was not a good decision as far as I am concerned. Someone cannot claim to be an expert in something, and use that defense to apply to kid rapers, if they apparently have no idea what or how the internet works. But then again, I never did like Cueball, nor he me.
Any ways, to the rest of you I'll miss you and your conversations but intil this place is not so filled with animosity and hate, I chose to leave.
Michelle, you have your work cut out for you. I personally would have banned Saga, and given Cueball a time out - not Fidel, but I respect your decision.
So have a great week, month, etc. I'll come back when it is safe for me to do so.