Bumping for GBY (not that he or I care if he ever sees this)...
You see, GBY, threads like this are my response to the noise being circulated inside herc's bubble and among his loyal devotees.
I find these clowns to be idiots. That herc picked up all of his marbles and ran home may have surprised you, but not me. You see, I've been here a LLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGG time and I know this clown better than you.
Surely you know that Clay Death is herc, don't you?
Babblelot, I feel as though I ought to thank you for bumping the thread for my benefit, but I'm not sure why you address this comment to me. I'm a tad mystified at why you'd think I had questioned the reason for your having started the thread. I haven't given the matter any thought, to be honest. People open threads all the time - it isn't a new phenomenon - I can't remember questioning why any thread has been started & certainly haven't questioned this one.
Until I read your above comment, I wasn't aware that "herc" is Clay Death.
I became aware that all is not hunky dory on the forum when, after the Bastad tournament thread went awol the other day, it was mentioned in the replacement thread that Alex may have deleted it before he was banned. And in reading the comments here just now, I note that Clay Death may have resigned from the forum. I'm not sure what is going on and why, but I was disappointed to read some confrontational & insulting comments on this forum in the days after the Wimbledon final. I have not, however commented upon the same, so again, I'm perplexed at your above comment.
Even though I haven't been a member here since the Ice Age as some of you have, I take little notice of the drama here as it is often too stupid to bother about. Petty bickering, mostly. But then again, I don't spend much time here regularly, so will obviously miss things. When I first joined the place, I was called a "troll" because I had said that I thought Federer had the most beautiful game I had ever seen. With that welcome, I soon realised that this was an eccentric place, and this remains my view. Which is why I'm fond of it!
For what it's worth, I think disagreement is healthy, and if conducted with due respect, can give rise to excellent debate. A variety of views makes for an interesting forum. What I find less palatable is lack of due regard & consideration for others, and the attempt to prove others wrong. I can see no merit in a comment that is aimed at causing offense.
I hope those using this board will appreciate that it is provided to us as a watering hole to share our love for tennis, and that no one is responsible for our behaviour but ourselves. And we each have a responsibility to behave with consideration and integrity.
I'd like to thank Scott for providing the forum - it is much appreciated.