Well you guys probably arenít going to like what I gotta say, but here goes. I agree with most of Colleenís points, a boycott isnít going to do much IMO. I think if anything it will please Taunton that the problem has gone away, less complaints, less annoying e-mails. I think we brought it on ourselves, including some of us here, myself included.
JHole, I know you invited me here, but I thought yours and Buttheads constant bullying of rjw and squarepeg were outta control. Iím surprised you werenít booted long ago. Listen, rjw annoys the crap out of me at times too, but heís like the nerd that you protect from the schoolyard bullies. The screaming giant sized fonts and the harsh language was just over the top IMO. And what was with Buttís little histrionic tantrum last night? Iím not trying to get into it with you, just saying.
Iím sure the parking lot idea you guys had for an alternative forum was well intentioned, but it was clearly viewed as an ambush. The nudie pictures were kinda crass too. You were providing a direct link on Tauntonís property (kind of like the recent real estate sign thread).
I got booted recently and I did my time and kept my mouth shut. JBuck apparently reported me, for something that was so trivial nobody in their right mind would have, yet he was proud of it and bragged about it. Now heís out and Iím in. He set a precedent, that many are apparently following, and now everybody is being booted. Congratulations.
I also think that Rezís anti-polijive threads and complaints to the mods just brought more attention and resulted in a backlash of freedom of speech complaints from other posters. Maybe it workedÖ....if you like an empty tavern.
And also to those who think they own the tavern cause they have been here since day one, well I got news for you, you are no more important then the newbie who just logged on for the first time. This is cyber space, not a real bar.
Like I said before, I have had my flame wars and have probably crossed the line too, maybe the ref was looking the other way that day. I also have taken a lot of crap and just thrown it back or ignored it. I know it has been hot and heavy in there lately but that is just a reflection of what has been going on in the whole country. Thatís what made the Tav so special, it is (was) a microcosm of the whole country, with all 50 states, Canada and beyond logging on.
So, I think a boycott is pointless, nobody will miss you in the long run, the Tavern will just become irrelevant and theyíll use the folder for something exciting like ĎThe Lunch Paleí where you can discuss your sammiches ad nauseum. I say, just wait it out, quit fanning the fires and it might all return to normal. Alternatively you can clean this place up, update the jukebox and we can start smashing bottles over here.