Ultimately, you have to do what’ right for you Shazzie, but I do not believe one person either makes or breaks a forum.
I don’t know what Noreen did to get banned (if indeed she is), and I’m not sure I want to know - or get dragged into a debate about it here. But, like Whammel, I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have been done lightly - or without due warning, either.
If anyone can’t or won’t play by the house rules, I don’t think you can start making exceptions because they appear to be “a nice person”. Why should someone who has a lot of friends get away with things that a newbie, or someone who hasn’t collected quite so many friends, wouldn’t be able to?
I didn’t see what happened, I don’t want to know what’s happened. I’ve only had it from you that she’s been banned. If I hadn’t heard that, I’d have assumed she probably did get a bit of a ticking-off about something, but stormed off in a huff!
But either way, life…and the forum…goes on. From what I can gather, it already happened some time ago - not yesterday or the day before, so if I’m really honest (which I usually am, as you know), I don’t see the point of dredging it up. Noreen’s a big girl - I’m sure there were attempts to resolve things without resorting to this. If she couldn’t or wouldn’t compromise, that’s her choice.
I don’t think having people boycott the forum in support actually solves anything. But I’m not gonna do a whiny: “Awww, please don’t go!” type post. Not my style, and you have to do what’s best for you. But do consider whether this is really about one person, or more to do with circumstances outside the forum, colouring your view.
Despite your perception, I can’t say I’ve really noticed it take a nosedive these past few days or weeks. It seems much the same to me. Has it changed that much, or are recent unrelated developments influencing how you see things at the moment?