I know a number of people (not on this board, tho) who think if they continue to talk until the person with an opposing view just gives up & stops talking, they believe the other person has come around to their way of thinking! - Rachel B
Hey Rachel, I didn't know you'd met my mom! lol
Actually my mother is a rather good example of this kind of frozen stubborn mindset. She believes it is her sacred charge to rescue the misbehaving misinformed people in the world who don't think and live as she does. It is her conviction that she is being "helpful" by flexing her moral superiority muscles. Seriously. Like the Blues Brothers, she believes she is on a 'Mission from God.'
But there's a rather unpleasant little truth behind all that 'concerned' counseling. Let's say that every person mother encountered did indeed think and live precisely the same way she does ... would she be happy? Nope. She gets a major charge out of lecturing and reforming her naughty inferiors. Some people just do.
To my way of thinking (and guess what -- I'm OK with it if you don't agree!) ... the main reason these 'new posters' keep coming around to campaign for the reinstatement of posters who have worn out their welcome with Mr. Gamble is that this is a ripe hunting ground for the self righteous exactly because a wide spectrum of opinions is allowed and encouraged. Some folks aren't happy participating in a support group with like minded people because they require an 'enemy' -- they get emotional stimulation from starting fights and beating others down with their point of view. People like this thrive on conflict and aren't happy unless they have someone to pick on ... and we have a tasty selection of potential victims on this board for them to flay and shame.
I do think there is an additional more sympathetic reason. The people on this board often become friends and we miss our friends when they're gone. That is sad and because of that I wish there was never ever a reason for Mr. Gamble to have to usher anyone off this board. But I understand that when someone just cannot restrain themselves from constantly biting and pinching the other kids on the playground, there's little choice.
Like I said, my opinion.