Oh hell, I know I said I was done with this thread, but now I'm back. Sorry, deal with it. :)
There are only a relative handful of people on this site whom I think of as forming the core of the Elliquiy community. Even though I've been active on the site for about a year, I don't think of myself as an integral member of the community; I've dealt with only a tiny percentage of the members. The few whom I think of as integral to the community are the staffpeople -- gods/goddesses/genies and satyrs/sirens/sidhes, and presumably Vekseid -- and the mentors. I lump all those people together simply because (unlike me) they've all put time and effort into either building, growing, or maintaining the site and community.
Vekseid has a special status on this site; whether he likes it or not, he's the single member whom everyone thinks of as being most responsible for Elliquiy's existence and maintenance. At least that's my impression, and of course, his efforts on behalf of the site are appreciated. However, because he's tied so closely to the community, his opinions and behavior reflect more strongly on Elliquiy than other people's opinions and behavior, at least in my mind, and in the minds of others here, I think.
As I explained earlier in this thread, Vekseid has made numerous remarks here that I consider careless, insupportible, and inflammatory. He has also said a couple specific things, and has taken an overall tone, that I find personally offensive. When I pointed out those things, he neither apologized, nor withdrew or reconsidered any of his statements.
So far, only a small handful of people have said anything to challenge any of Vekseid's statements. None of those who have spoken out have been staffpeople or mentors.
The silence of the rest of the community suggests tacit approval and agreement with Vekseid's opinions and behavior.
I understand not all of you out there have seen this thread or read much of it closely. I understand there's a lot of you and you have lots of other things to do. All I'm saying is, this thread has seriously changed my impression of this entire community, and not for the better. More importantly, I think it will do the same for at least a few of those who read the things that were said here and see the responses in this thread so far.
I hope a few more will speak up, if only so that I can better gauge how closely Vekseid's views characterize those of the rest of the community. Seriously, even if you agree with the things he has said and the way he has said them, if you would just please stop in and say so, I would personally appreciate it. Maybe you can say something that would help me to reevaluate my conclusions about his positions, if not his behavior.
P.S. Several of those who have commented in this thread have been talking about other issues related to the overall topic and haven't said a whole lot in agreement or disagreement with his points, especially the most controversial ones. This also suggests tacit approval, general agreement with him, particularly because he launched the thread with a post expressing his views. If you don't approve of anything he's said, please say so.