I thought it might better to start a different thread for this. I suspect other feel as I do. Hope so anyway. Apart from the specific personalities involved it’s hard not to feel bad about The Paracast. I found it years ago when podcasts in general weren’t very polished. I used to burn up service trucks with mileage and daily pounding under difficult circumstances and it has been a companion through rough times. I always sort of wondered if I would be the guy to have a Roy Neary type encounter – always found myself in the damnedest places at the damnedest times when other people were indulging in the personal weaknesses of relaxation and sleep. I made a point to use my friggin’ $30 Paracast coffee mug only on Sundays when I downloaded the show – and I might keep the episode a while before listening to it. When I had to leave to go who knows where I’d hit ‘play’ and listen to that intro … and liked it. Sort of steeled me for what I had to do. I am a creature of habit and ritual. I finally joined the forum over there because I wanted to participate and much more recently subscribed (since ended) to P+ because I thought that free entertainment ought to have some grassroots support. To be fair, by not checking the box to receive the newsletter also meant I didn’t get all the damned begging emails. I am impervious to that sort of thing anyway, period – but they did strike me as poor taste if nothing else. So here’s the thing. Only once did I find myself edited and as a result found myself on a ‘discourage’ list. But, like a horse**** in the…. ear … it was enough. I knew full well exactly why. GS didn’t like a comment I made in a political forum and it happened virtually instantly afterward. My interface was so slow as to be virtually useless. Not banned, just f****d with. After some (to me) clearly disingenuous back and forth I was restored and as recently as today I am free to participate. Problem is that during the several days I was stuck on the virtual glue trap it gave me time to look around and that’s how I saw all the other stuff about GS and the past and found AE entirely at random. And found just about everyone else in the pool here already. To be crystal clear, the product over there had soured for several reasons and I probably would have just stuck with it had I not been handed the opportunity to look around. I have not been poached as was suggested over there. Their own damned fault, IMO. If it were still doing its part I’d still be doing mine. Hell, I loved that recent episode with Richard Doty. But after seeing the forums dry up and finding that this one has a much more amenable atmosphere I prefer it here. Administrators with interesting input and a light touch make a fun a creative outlet. Vindictive, defensive ones peddling old crap do not. As for the old schemes, personalities and monetary shit – which have nothing to do with my base interest and desire for a little social interaction well, the fat's in the fire now. I say release the hounds. But to be fair, tomorrow when I use that mug and NOT download the product that has made its way through the paracolon I will feel a bit odd and a bit sad.