Aside from the friends I've made here, I stay because I love the freedom that the mods and admins give the members here. There are no banned topics, threads aren't locked willy-nilly and healthy debate is encouraged. What better way to get a broader view of things than to listen to everyone's point of view? Silencing the minority just because they disagree really irks me, and I consider Chazhound my internet home because it's the only dog forum I've found that encourages tolerance of others' opinions. Nobody is saying people need to agree all the time, but I think as long as someone can clearly and politely (within reason. everyone gets mad sometimes.) express their opinion, they are contributing something to the community.
There are one or two other forums, one that I was on originally and for a long time. It use to be good. But with a rotation of moderators and admin, it has become the epitome of Stepford. There are scarcely more than 3 or 4 people on there at any given time and if you read a thread or post, you can be sure nothing new will have been added if you check back any sooner than 3 or 4 days. It's so dragging you can't imagine.
I'm a mod there also and I brought it up that is was way over moderated and one of the admin agreed with me, or so it was said and changes were going to be made. But nothing changed. Stepford all the way. In the mod forum there, it's all about nit picking one word or phrase someone said and should this be deleated and the person p.m'd....it's always very inoccuous stuff. Here, on the Chaz forum, it's mostly us mods talking about personal stuff, like, "I mowed the lawn today." Or....some gross dirty joke that we just can't post on the main forum. There is a limited amount of bitcing about who said what and should that be allowed. I mean, it comes up, but it's not so excessive like the Stepford forum. (s)
So, yes....to have an opinion sometimes includes one's personality and a little leeway is natural. This forum is the busiest, most crowded place. It's better for business that way as well. And with all the passion, even with the risk of sometimes getting carried away, I never saw a more close bunch of cyber friends and more caring. So, yeah Chaz!!!