There's yet another constructive voice on the Forums about to be swept aside. While you may not agree with everything he said, or his approach when confronted, he's always tried to act as intermediary in any 'literary' dispute.
Now, because he keeps getting penalized for being attacked, he's threatening to walk and talk his roster of up-and-coming authors with him. Even if you're not a fan of Ross's, that's a loss to the entire reading community.
People, we need to work together rather than picking random fights. If you're not interested in grammar specifics, then simply don't read the grammar discussions, it's that simple. Continually repeating that 'no one can dictate what I write or what I say' was never in dispute. Instead, you're only attacking those people who are offering the requested details.
Frankly, if Ross walks, we may lose more than just him and his authors. I've increasing watched as the Author's Forum has shriveled as more and more authors refrain from discussing craft because each time they do, they get attacked for it.
I'm getting tired of it myself. While I'm not prepared to abandon the site, I'm getting pretty tired of the poor reception when I answer someone questions or critiques (trying to clarify issues, rather than retaliating).
Unfortunately, this battle is being waged in secret, as each time Ross is prodded, he erupts and gets reported. When that happens, the entire thread ends up being deleted, so no one ever sees what provoked the original attack.
So let's stop raging these 'secret wars'. If you dis agree with someone, discuss the ideas. Don't attack the individual, and don't run to pappy every time a discussion doesn't go your way.
Now, if you don't mind, I think I'll avoid the forum for a few days. Not only is there less content here than normal, but the attitudes are driving me bonkers (and yes, I've been among those contributing by over-reacting to things).