Topic: Build it and they will come...sorta
There was a raging debate in the main group about substance abuse that morphed into revisiting the Trayvon Martin case and other right-wing set your hair on fire issues in a thread about medical marijuana. It got shut down. Now those same opponents are thrashing it out in the main group over predestination/fate/destiny. Calling names, insulting each other's intelligence. It's only a matter of time before one or both go too far and SolN shuts that thread down, too. Which is unfortunate for the thread is one of the few about writing in that group.
I invited one of the opponents to come here and fight no holds barred, no thread closure, no post pulling. And I got nothing in response. Which is what I pretty much expected. Why go to a group with only eleven members to slug out your disagreement when you can do it in front of the whole TNBW community?
When the new site opened and I saw groups I wondered how the community was going to stay close. I opposed the group idea until SolN explained that this is a writing group and not a social one. Then groups made sense. It also made sense to me to start a group where disagreements would be settled, hurt feelings vented and people could voice their opinion and not be invalidated by having their posts pulled or threads closed.
I'm keeping this group open, even if the membership dwindles to nothing as a safe haven for free speech, and I'll keep inviting people here because even though we're a community of writers, we are also people with different view points that should be respected no matter how they're expressed.