Shamb, I agree that it's worth considering what kind of direction we want Mudcat to take. The community I live in is one of the most beautiful in Colorado, but change is inevitable as more people are drawn here by the beauty of it. It only makes sense for my community, and this one, to plan for the future.
I am not in favor of any sort of censorship in this forum. However, I do believe in peer pressure as an antidote to transgressions. If someone repeatedly steps out of line, most people here are not shy about bringing it to their attention. As to the presence of a clique or "in-group", there is a core of long time posters who have come to know and feel comfortable with one another, and a certain amount of joshing and banter is to be expected. I don't think that the "insiders" here are exclusive.
I do retain the right to tell anyone here that I like them, even though I may refrain from telling certain others that I think they are jerks.(by the way, Shambles, I like you and consider you a friend, even though you are a typical emotionally-inhibited Brit). And arguments? As long as we steer clear of personal insults, I love them, and think that the more heated disagreements are the best threads.
To the Future