There's nothing to stop the flamers from joining multiple times under different IDs and dogging posts.
In fact, they need not even join the forum in order to post, since it accepts posts by guests. They aren't interested in sending and receiving private messages and certainly aren't interested in deleting their posts, privileges that are extended only to members.
I respect the choice of the owners of the site to keep it open to newcomers but I'm afraid their generosity will continue to be abused.
There is a very surreal quality to this, like going to a party, and feeling as if you knew everyone, but you don't, like it's a karma party, and you are there with a bunch of people you haven't seen since your past life, but their faces and names have changed and you feels as if a certain person might have been someone else but you aren't sure, and you don't want to say because maybe in the other life they ran their sword through a hero.
This is terrific, Paul. Thanks for sending the invitation. It's been a couple years. Maybe this new software will bring about a refreshing and positive difference. I see many familiar folk still here which is warming. Hello again! -edd
...watched my short in Illinois on Saturday. Much fun. 4 out of 8 playwrights showed up: Boston, NY, local, and me. Had a "talk back" session after and they were also holding a critical review on Sunday with various folks, but i couldn't stay.
Our friend from "Short and Sweet" (Alex B from Sydney) had a play there also (a loooong way to come. he not there....(but i really liked his play