I posted a couple times earlier in this seemingly unending thread. At the time, I had been a member for only short period of time. Basically, I said that I found it refreshing but mentioned a slight discomfort regarding cliques, which I was quick to say is a part of nature and something that shouldn't dissuade any newcomers.
I hope no one misunderstands what I'm going to say now about this thread: While I understand people's desire to compliment and to express their satisfaction and delight with a place where they feel comfortable, I think we have to be careful about overreaching into any cloying smugness or complacency. Too many voices parroting how wonderful and darn sweet we are and how we all get along and how no conflicts are allowed because we have admins looking out for us can begin to sound can begin to grate a bit. It can also lead one to think that ANY dissension is frowned upon or deleted.
I hope that's not the case because after all, we are adults here. We have varying opinions that just might occasionally lead to -- omigod! -- a disagreement or even an argument. I've seen such threads be closed or even vanish into thin air. I guess I just believe that more freedom, not more control, makes for an even more interesting place.
Just my two cents.