According to my WB log, I have been here since 2014. And I have taken two breaks from WB (I thought it was three).
The usual internet forums I have come across can be classified into two groups:
1) Everyone in posting and no-one is reading articles other then their own. In other words, there are very few comments.
2) There are lots of comments, nearly all from left-wing or right-wing trolls who somehow believe their shallow vile comments are somehow saving the world from a wrong ideology.
Writer Beat is something unique: we can find intelligent discourse. And we can learn from each other. We can test the soundness of our positions, ideas, and logic. If nothing else, we at least get a better understanding of people who disagree with us--as long as the discussion remains civil.
A few months back, I admitted that I have a mental illness: I get anxiety attacks. If not handled very well, I get very angry. I have learned to recognize when the attacks are coming on, readjust my thinking, and warn the people around me. And they readily let me have my private time to get my mind settled down.
One Writer Beat contributor, with whom I have had a testy relationship, took this new information about me and used it to attack any position I made contrary to his ideology: "Dave has a mental illness, so that makes him wrong." At that point, I decided not to read anything that person puts on WB. And it's not that difficult: when I see that name, I just don't read it! And while this contributor is still involved in WB, he doesn't seem to be involved in discussions I am having with others (but I wouldn't know for sure because I don't read anything from this person).
Another WB contributor has been grinding his ax on two other WB contributors. When he started grinding on one of these contributors on a thread I had been involved with, I asked to him to make whatever point he was trying to make a little more civilly. He then kind of turned his ax grinding on me, and I soon realized that I was eventually going to be on his list of people he must drive off WB. I put him on my "DO NOT READ" list as well.
The funny thing is that both these "censored" contributors are actually articulate and have thought their positions through. They do make some good points, and they are not your average left-wing or right-wing troll. However when they cannot convince me or others that their position is right, then it becomes time for character assassination. Unfortunately, that is how our political world is teaching us how to resolve differences of opinion--and my censored contributors have made it their way as well.
Regardless, they are still on my DO NOT READ list. If nothing else, my mind is more at ease.