Wow. That's an end, I suppose. I've decided to restrain much, if not all participation on Cathinfo.com. Or at least, that is what I said to myself tonight. I said bye to my opponents and will hopefully be able to refrain from saying anything further, leaving them with the last word, whatever that shall be.
I have not posted on Fisheaters since June, when a matter about accepting a transsexual drove most everyone off the forum. I'm not sure I feel comfortable posting there ever again, either. Seems they have a lot of new people there these days, and it still seems to remain a sort of pseudo-gay-friendly "wink, wink, nod, nod" Catholic forum.
But at Cathinfo, what happened? Basically, I was defending an online colleague named ggreg against character assassinations. I was told by most folks that I was blind and could not see how evil ggreg was. Then, today, it was revealed that someone--most likely a poster on Cathinfo--got the bright idea of hacking into his LinkedIn account and posting some of ggreg's most incendiary opinions. This was an attack on ggreg's livelihood. Yet, there was not a flinch from the angry "internet mob," and potent attacks continued in the thread.
To me, the situation reeked of hypocrisy. Greg's humor is salty, but I don't think he deserved the treatment he's received at Cathinfo.
Anyway, I've thrown in the towel there. I'm not sure I could happily post there anymore, as it's been made clear that I'm out of touch there and am not welcome.
Unlike Vox Day, who managed to hang around in the SFWA until he was unfairly booted out, I see no purpose for maintaining a presence with the posters of Cathinfo.
In fairness to the Cathinfo moderator, Matthew, I've usually considered him to do a bang-up job, and I've often enjoyed his posts. He seems a likeable guy and worthy of knowing in real life.
In this 5-year experience on forums, I have only witnessed trends within the Catholic Traditional Movement. But I haven't made any solid connections with any of these forum participants. I've learned a few interesting tangents of Catholic history and absorbed some annotative trivia.
I'm unsure if I will continue with forum participation.