I'm an infrequent poster but a frequent reader. I benefit far more from reading posts from all these folks than I contribute (at least at present as I'm still a newbie in this field and really don't have much to add beyond oohs and aahs). Lately, there seems to have been a rash of bannings or self-imposed exiles. I'm sure there are plenty of reasons sound and unsound behind such. I'm also sure the transgressions cover a spectrum from the "straw that broke the camel's back" to far worse. In some cases, I imagine it's just emotions -- which everyone has though obviosly people express and act on them in different ways. Perhaps the rules can be modified with something short of banning. Though my suggestions may seem childlike, how about some moderation along the lines that some households work. For example, perhaps slight transgressions require some form of public service to compensate, e.g., small contribution to the forum fund to help the administrator with costs and better hardware and software? Some households do something like this when people curse. (My kids are going to college on this fund.) Likewise, perhaps flair ups should require some form of apologies (e.g., via PM or the like). Just a thought. I just hate to see folks like aportnoy and sysdoc land others leave and even some of the goofballs like vaclav (though it sounds like he made a serious mistake). Perhaps a little modification to the moderation is in order. Keep up the good work. I truly appreciate the forum.