Well, it's been quite a while since I've checked out GMI and even longer since I've posted (nearly 5 months).
In looking at the some of the more recent threads, I couldn't help but notice a few obvious change, so here are my observations after almost 5 months of self-imposed exile:
- Mgescuro is no longer a moderator. Great move. No point in having an anti-GM mod. It just didn't make sense.
- Fewer editorial rants. This applies mainly to Sigma. While I'll gladly admit that his work was always cleverly constructed and well-worded, the analysis was usually completely wrong and poorly researched. Nice to see less of this. I think a majority of members frequent the site for the wealth of information it provides, not for the misguided rants of just "some guy".
And finally, and most important:
- The threads are less politicized. My biggest beef was the lack of fairness in being able to express a political point of view on threads in which it was relevent. It appears that there is much less of it now. There are still a few rugged posts here and there, but it appears to be civil and somewhat balanced. Perhaps the censorship is more transparant, but it seems that people are allowed to speak their minds without too much hassle, and I believe that's a good thing.
My hat is off to NSAP for cleaning things up. We may not agree on the specific circumstances that lead to my departure, but I appreciate what he has obviously done to remedy what were serious issues within this community.
So, as Manny said...