As a founding member of this site I have seen it grow and change over these last almost ten years. Some for the better, some for the worse. As we started to grow we faced a lot of new challenges. The biggest was how we were going to govern our site. We had, all of us, the first 12, come from another site where the staff were heavy handed, the mods inconsistent and ban happy. We determined that this site would not be that way. We spent long days hashing out a policy to govern by. We were divided in to two main schools of thought. One side was a total first amendment style free speech camp while the other was more of a stricter, get rid of the trouble makers camp. The liberal argument carried the day and we drew up what is now our Code of Conduct rules. We adopted the 3 strike rule with very strict rules for what constituted a violation. We have been one of the freest and most leniently moderated forums in the cyber world. And it served us well for many years. But I guess it was bound to happen, we began to get a lot of, what I call line skaters. People who learned how to work the system. People, many who have been banned from other forums, who come here and abuse our lenience by being just abrasive enough, just argumentative enough, just provoking enough to skate the line without actually crossing it. And we as staff have handcuffed ourselves with our rigid, free speech rights encoded into our CoC. I was a very vocal supporter of that position during the creation of it. But I tend to think now that we were wrong. It may have worked when we had a few dozen, loyal and dedicated members. We didn't have to censor anyone, and the few trolls and agitators that did come along were soon to violate our lenient CoC rules and earn a seldom used permanent ban. But now that system isn't working anymore. We have too many that come here just to stir things up, troll threads and post inflammatory BS that does nothing but rouse anger and resentment. We get PM's all the time from members asking, "Why don't you do something about so-and-so". The answer is that we can't. We hobbled ourselves with strict rules that allows members to basically say anything they want so long as it doesn't cross a very liberal line. And there are many who know just how close they can come to that line. It used to be that I looked forward to coming here each day. I loved to read the new posts, to converse with friends, share thoughts and events. It was my time to relax and enjoy myself. But now I find that those days are gone. I come on here now and almost daily I find something that frankly pisses me off. Some jerk spouting crap about this or that. We have egomaniacs, blowhards, trolls, shit stirrers, loud mouths and ignorant asses that spout some kind of crap nearly everyday. And we have to sit back and allow it. We tolerate it in the name of free speech. We were wrong. I was wrong. We should have listened to the other camp and we should just flat out ban these idiots right from the start. But that isn't the way it is. I recently had to delete one of the longest running threads on here because it had been hijacked. And instead of hitting the ban and delete buttons we had to debate and bleat about it and wonder if we should do anything. So I just deleted the whole thread and put an end to it. When I come here to enjoy myself and find instead that all I end up doing is leaving pissed off and frustrated, and when I have to delete an entire thread because it has been hijacked by an asshole troll, and when I get censored for trying to put the asshole in his place, well then it's time to go. It was great for awhile and maybe it is my getting older and less tolerant, but no matter, it has lost it's appeal. It just isn't fun anymore. I used to even enjoy the occasional troll or pot stirrer. I loved to pick them apart, to confront them and confound them to the point that they just left on their own. But even that has lost it's appeal. So I am leaving the monkey. I just don't see any reason to come here anymore. I don't enjoy it. I don't find it relaxing. I am getting to old to argue with idiots and listen to bullshit. There are some really fine and exceptional people on here. And I feel privileged to have known many of you, if even just in cyberspace. But like the saying goes it only takes a few bad apples to ruin the whole bushel. I may check in once and a while as a guest but I have no intention of participating as a member any longer. Who knows, maybe after a few months away I may feel different but right now my life is much calmer and less stressful the more I stay away from here. So, adios monkey tree, I wish you all the best.