Those of you who know me from FT know that I often speak my mind even if no one but me wants to hear it. To continue in that vein. let me share that I am really torn about attending meetings etc on Randy’s new venture. From what I can see so far, it seems like a great site with a lot of thought behind it and to that I salute Randy and all of you who are making it come to life. However what I also see is that some members here want to use MP to rehash the indignities they suffered on FT and that concerns me. I would hope MP is to be more than just a site where FT members can complain about FT. That said, I think it’s folly to paint FT as unfriendly and MP to be a bastion of goodwill. FT (And I believe as MP goes forward, MP as well) has always had a schizophrenic attitude towards disruptive members, partly because Randy himself is one of the friendliest people on the planet and sees good in everyone; but partly because “disruption” is in the eye of the beholder. I’m sure there are posters here who wish I hadn’t found the MP site, as I wish some posters here had not. What is going to happen when the first person makes a snarky remark about someone else? It’s going to happen/… But the larger question for me is one of scale. As MP (hopefully) grows, size will become an issue in terms of keeping it a friendly welcoming place. One model I see (not entirely useful)) is that of the Fodors’ travel board where I am a frequent poster. It’s really friendly; members who consistently badger or insult others are banned; snarky comments are withdrawn by the (unseen) Fodors employee-mods, and THE INFO STAYS ON THE SAME NEWBIE LEVEL on every forum. I don’t personally think it’s possible to have an internet forum over a certain size that’s friendly and welcoming to everyone, without diluting helpful information OR having certain posters entrusted with “enforcing” friendliness. I see it on fodors, on craigslist forums and indeed on every forum I’ve ever been a part of. So with all that, I see that some MP posters are not planning to welcome members who may be mods on FT and that concerns me. Maybe this will sound like heresy, but my loyalty to Randy has to do with him personally and what a stand up person I see him being. Given his benevolent nature, I can see why he’d found a site based on welcoming others. Does that mean MP will be a better site than FT? I don’t know and I kind of don’t care. Randy will ALWAYS hold a special place in my life regardless of what site he owns or runs and I don’t really know that MP will wind up much differently from pre-IB FT.