I've been a member since the beginning really and have only just been made aware of this topic which was mentioned elsewhere.
I don't come in as often as I used to as it was starting to resemble (what I imagine to be) a boys reform hostels dorm.
Frankly, I wish that the admins had been a lot tougher with the childish idiots who would take a good topic and completely derail it with personal insults and plain stupidity.
Albert has made some interesting points above but in truth, they all require much more work from the already seemingly abused and thoroughly cheesed-off Admins. Why should they bother? People say that it's a thankless task, well I'd like to say Thank You to you all for making the effort to run this place.
If MF bump off the dross, it would be great. It may even become a place of which people could become rather proud to be a member. It was a real voice years ago before things were loosened up. Politicians used to fear it, frequently with good reason.
Now? It seems to be losing it's heart and will to live. Admins are abused in here and in their personal lives. That's totally unacceptable. It's approaching stalking for goodness sake.
But please keep going Admin and Mods. Take tighter steps to identify each member before accepting them and introduce an R Plate system for new posters' first (say) 30 comments, i.e. all posts run through a mod before going live (more work though)?
Would genuine members on here object to confirming their full ID or re-registering - adopted name to be used to post - if requested?
If needed, get more mods. Be firmer more quickly with idiots and enforce your own rules which were never firmly applied.
Please members, don't respond to wind-ups and trolls. This can only make the mods job more time consuming and frustrating and maybe lead to a closure.
This is a great wake-up call by Admin and the Mods.
Keep going and thanks.