Oh my God - leave the forums for a month and look what you come back to
Please, please at least leave the posts online! I depend a lot on much of the information that is posted on here as reference! In fact, that is what brought me back here tonight! Think of all of ALG's posts and the posts in the health section and just...so many of the threads have such value! I mean, just the "what are you grateful for today" thread is so, so valuable - just by reading through it you get uplifted.
As for the bans - I'm glad Angela was finally banned (it took long enough!). She was harsh and cruel and she is the reason I stopped posting here so much, and she was the reason I never came back here for help with personal issues. I have also exchanged pm's with some other members over the years who were hurt by her nastiness when they made themselves vulnerable asking for help in threads. None of them stayed here. They made a few posts and left because of interchanges with her. Who knows if the forums had welcomed people like them and me instead of having been so harsh and hostile, maybe the forums would have become a more peaceful and growth-oriented place.
These forums were definitely only made for a certain type of person and from the first time I came here, they were cliquier than cheerleaders in high school. And I never fit in.