Troubles... lemme see... Lisa Franklin, the Anything Goes section and politics and having to ban people, the trolls that just wouldn't go away - holy cow (that's not that long ago).
But good Hypnos times... the infamous Haunted Stick, something about playing music with jars of jelly?, Jim Brenholts.
Yeah unfortunately Jim and a couple of other key members have passed away, and no one can make up for the giant hole those people left in their wake.
Lisa Franklin should be in the good Hypnos times.
I thought that was more amusing then anything else. The Anything Goes section didn't bother me as I just ignored it and hardly ever went there, I bet it was a total pain for the admins though. To me the recent trolls were the worst, and I think they played a big part in driving a lot of folks away, at least recently.
Yes we are a bit of a clickly bunch, but many of us who are left have been on here for years now. I can understand your frustration, I went through similar feelings back in the early days of the internet with some early email groups I first joined. I forget the names but they were run by Matt Metlay and they were very clicky. That's just the nature of niche genres like this, I think also with the recent troll issues we had a lot of us are a bit shy now of new folks, so don't give up, we'll make some room for you.