Fist off, I apologize. I don't normally share in this kind of discussion, but seeing it play out as it has I feel compelled to toss my hat in the ring.
As far as I know, I'm the only active Ian in the group. Others may try to imitate, but in the end, it's LanBrown, with a L, lowercase. There, I said it, and I'm not ashamed. Maybe we can all get along now.
Remember, it's the CBR that has drawn us all to this site. Every one of us has that in common. Some of us are older, wiser, and grizzled. Some of us are younger, naive, and not as experienced (in many things). As already laid out we don't always make the best choice/decision when the emotions get the best of us, and sometimes it's hard to show what emotion we're trying to display with the printed words. Even with all the smileys, things we type can get misrepresented.
The aforementioned group of "former members" deserved what they got. They clogged up the threads with "limited useful knowledge", zero contribution in regards to their personal ties to the .org (i.e. a CBR, etc), and their attitudes towards people sucked. Now, save for ZB, who I thought was very articulate and very cheeky, and he had a solid old school military mentality. No one was going to tell him what to say, do, or how he should act. He slammed the mods with vulgarity and disrespect, and although he was a pretty genuine dude, he succumbed to his emotions and was given the boot. His fault. I had some pretty decent PM convos with him, and learned that just about every other forum he was on ended with a similar result. Is he a bad guy? No way. He loved his bikes, kept them in tip top shape, rode the **** out of them, and liked to share his experiences on them. He lost his cool, and the hammer fell.
The others were just plain trolls. Stirring everyone's pot until the contents were boiling on the fire. No useful information, derogatory banter, and just plain annoying as ****. I have quite a bit of experience with old, outdated, carbed CBR's. I like to share my experiences with those that need it. I'm not always right, get things wrong, and am no "expert". But I know that this "community" of older, wiser folk doesn't need egos, and can probably get through any type of "situation" the .org presents to us.
There are enough guys here that currently post that are educated enough to know when the playing ends, and when it's time for "adult talk". I'm not going to bat for the mods or the admin here, but if you get a PM that's directed solely to you, not in the public eye, you should probably feel good that you're not getting dimed out for all to see. If they ask you to refrain from something, or limit use of whatever, or stop being a cyber bully, then do it.
Casey, RRDemon, LC, Ox, Jon, Fj, Bill, Gunk, AndrewS, and now the "old timer" Jazzy(welcome back), among others that I haven't mentioned, have been, and are the heart of this place for the last 5 years that I've been here. We have limited "banter", but genuinely love it here to spit out our experiences with life, AND our beloved iron/well aluminum horses. I would sincerely hate to see any of you go for "broken rules".
I can't say what will happen 5 years from now (look at Jazzy, the man has ovcervcome some really shitty personal stuff, is gone for years, and then shares it with us because we get it, we get him), but I bet that someone from the "core" of this .org as it is now will still be logging in and checking on one of us who hasn't posted in a long time. I believe that.
In my line of work we generally use a progression of enforcement to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, up to a point. But sometimes it rises quickly and we are at the limit of our discretion. We can all abide by the "code", and I think we can still all live here in harmony, banter intact.
I love you all, and will continue to contribute what I can, when I can. This as a huge step for me, as I said initially, I'm usually not one to contribute in this type of discussion, but I hate to see negativity here, and we need to move on from it, on both sides of screen.
So, with all this being said with me just rambling on, you all can "insert you're own ending here"