Yes, Howie's views on that subject are sound and quite correct, I think. The problem arises, I think, when one or more members want other member(s) either to be quiet if they disagree with them, or to drive them off the forums altogether. There were two on the 'other' forum driven off, or at least appeared to be driven off, (at least that was the impression that I got from the exchanges) some time ago (18 months?). It really was too bad. Everyone should have the chance to have their say. If someone no longer posts, it should be of their own choice, or the moderators, no one else.