I haven't been on this board much in the last year or so. Why? Because it's not the board I joined almost 5 years ago. It has sunk into petty cliques (Yes, cliques, not "clicks"...pet peeve of mine) and the same old junk that I can find on lots of other boards IMO.
Do I still read? Yes. Post? Not really.
If I were to really leave this board for good, I would post a goodbye thread, not be persuaded to stay, but I do know there are a couple of people that would want to contact me outside the board, and may want to PM me for more contact info or something.
We've lost a LOT of good people in the last few years (I think about Tracy and his crew ALL the time), and it just doesn't seem like a very healthy place to be anymore.
The debates we used to have, even when they got heated, were fun. But now we can't discuss politics. Or health care. Or or or (and yet religion is still ok...go fig).
I've never claimed nor believed this place to be a democracy (I have noticed, as have others, time and time again, that it most certainly is not), but the way the reigns have been pulled in to check the debate horses in the last couple of years put a sour taste in my mouth.
This board used to be the friendliest out of all the GSD boards, IMO. Often times it doesn't feel welcoming anymore.
It is certainly not on par with the level of BS that can go on on the PDB (though I do appreciate it as a resource, and I CAN get honest answers there about breeders instead of having to go through PMs), feeling wise it is heading that way.
It's getting old. And disappointing.
I miss the old board. Including it's old look (the OLD old look for me...like three or four years ago).
Nothing can be done about it now, but I find I don't spend much time at GSD specific forums at all anymore.
It saddens me, really.
Jackie and the
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(and one cat)
Strauss: The Patriarch
Wesson: The Grand Champion
Mikasa: The Hellbeast
Soul Eater: The Moon and Stars Dog