Hello Men (and Women) Who Knit! For those who don't know, I'm the site admin. *friendlywave*
After reading Terry's post and the comments, I want to make sure everyone feels welcome to reach out to me via email, Facebook, Google Chat, etc. whenever anything like this happens. Harassing other users is not something that will be facilitated or tolerated on this site.
Over the years, many friendships and even a few couples have formed through connections made here. We've also mourned losses together. This is not a place for mean-spirited people. It's very, very easy to misinterpret text on a screen and, to be fair, some folks have thicker skin or are more easily agitated than others. If you complain to me about someone, do not expect them to disappear from the site. I'm all for keeping the peace, but I will always try to do that peacefully.
As we move towards the 10th anniversary of the site, the site will undergo a pretty major and long overdue upgrade in October. There are currently over 5,000 people who have cared enough to sign up for an account and create a user profile. Maybe it's time to codify some of our spirit in to a Code of Conduct for the site to help ensure that you folks feel like you have some recourse to complain or defend yourself. Much of my time on the site is spent in the background, but I'm starting to feel like the Wizard of Oz hiding behind a curtain while all sorts of bad things are happening in the land. This is not how I want things to be, so that's changing, too.
I appreciate all of you and I'm always glad to see old names reappear. You rock!
Now, to anyone out there who thinks it's cool to be a negative force on this site, go away or I'll just keep deleting the subsequent accounts you'll undoubtedly create to somehow get back of me for deleting you in the first place. Pump the brakes, buddy. Women always have and always will be welcome. Don't be lame. It's a knitting site... Seriously. Life's too short.