I was recently @notified by the user formerly known as Bill D.
He said he is leaving.
Bill, I am experiencing true sorrow at your decision to leave, but will respect your decision and not try to change your mind.
@Everyone else: from my limited understanding, this seems to be the result of personal and political conflict. I don't want to see the moderator chat logs; I don't care whose fault "it" was/is.
No issue is worth such a loss. Sure, I know we're just talking about online entities - and some of them can be rude, stubborn, belligerent, etc - but we have lost a sense of humanity in the short time I've been coming around. How many times to we have to bump Eric's meta comments about treating newbies with respect? How many major contributors will we lose as a result of some interpersonal [expletive deleted]?
So yes, this is a rant. There is no question. I want us all to start treating each other like people again. And I will start.