I’m truly sorry to see you go, Jim.
Like many others, I always looked forward to reading what you posted because of the way you expressed yourself and ordered your thoughts in a disciplined way that I admired (and envied).
I know that it can get heated in the Hive from time to time (especially with the primaries, God help us) and there is also some sniping that goes on but I’ve always thought that important ideas can come out of that crucible.
I don’t expect everyone to be at their civil best at all times here because we all bring different life experiences to the table. People lash out when they are passionate. People get sarcastic. Sometimes things boil over and it blows up.
What I like about the community here is that apologies are offered, graciously accepted and we move on without grudges for the most part. I think that’s a rare quality in forums of this kind.
The Hive isn’t changing in any dramatic way that I’ve noticed; we’re just moving through the cycle that ebbs and flows here when passions start to run high heading into the primaries and while we still have unresolved issues from the last ones. I’m seeing more and more flags every day because of it.
I’m genuinely sorry to see you leave because this is when we need your levelheadedness and civility most of all.
The door’s always open.