You're a hypocrite, Mr Sensible. I have been 'jumped on' for questioning the taking down of subs, editorial authority and similar. I have also been critical of those who moan but never offer subs (our friend from across the pond springs to mind, who seems to loves to stir up unpleasantness but almost never posts - and, I suspect, many are scared of him and side with him, readily, which is sad in itself). I am not at all sure what you mean by 'My only beef is when people start getting arsey or unduly provocative like plucky sometimes used to', when you have previous said that you feel people should be free to say what they like.
I have been accused of lots of things: being a 'troll', being Gerontius (whoever he was), being Fergie (who has been on the board at the same time as me), blaming my mental condition on my writing on this page... and so on. I can fully appreciate that my threats to leave can be tiresome: that's me, I suppose.
In my defence, I would say that I have contributed my fair share of items to the writers' page and a few seem to have been appreciated and a few have made the ticker tape.
I find the anonymous, unpleasantness of the tags a bit hard to take - I admit that.
You say,in your first message on this page that:"I support using the chat room for intelligent and open discussion without people being jumped on for not fitting in". I don't reckon I am unintelligent and probably don't 'fit in', either. But I still get jumped on and you appear to be one of the jumpers. Like our pal across the water, you seem to enjoy a good stir. That's OK, I guess. I don't see masses of your work on the writers' page, which, presumbably, is the whole point of this site.
I have contributed to this board for quite awhile now and I suspect that you have too. I would just ask you not to appear liberal, on the one hand, while slapping people down on the other. We are all flawed, that's for sure.
Your most interesting line is: 'Maybe it's insecurity. Sub something yourself they say, especially those who don't sub themselves'. Yes, indeed.