When a forum loses anyone no matter the circumstances its sad. Even those that left involuntarily provided some good content and perspective but OGR has it's TOS in place for a reason. It's up to each individual to follow them or unfortunately leave. The hobby is too small not to see them around.
These things happen Marty. Its just a fact of forum life. I've participated in many forums in this hobby and others and you see the same pattern - sometimes people wig out, sometimes discussions get heated, sometimes people get overly sensitive. some people refuse to play well in the sandbox, some want to dominate, some want only their perspective to be heard, some only think that they are allowed an opinion or that their view is the only acceptable one, etc. Its human nature and yeah it can be sad, but sometimes you can also have a little addition by subtraction. In fact, I've seen some lightly moderated forums descend into chaos and become useless because of that lack of moderation. As for this forum, whats great is that from my perspective, its been a very small subset of substantive posters that have been "shown the door". That for me is always the saddest, but often necessary, occurrence. If someone doesn't like the TOS or feels its too burdensome, there are plenty of other places to chat. To each his own and I hope everyone finds that special place to gather and enjoy this hobby to its fullest. I don't find it "unfortunate" if people make that decision, but view it as just a fact of forum life. For me, I am very pleased being here for all these years along with you (I still remember your dog!) and appreciate such a well run and friendly forum with a great group of hobbyists. It has truly helped me to better enjoy the hobby. Moreover, I get a kick out of all the new, productive posters that have joined in the last few years. It really has grown tremendously from when we first joined. I really like all the new and varied content from these newer folks as well as the old saws like you! The sheer magnitude of the content and daily discussions keep this the center of my train discussion universe and I'm truly thankful for it.