Some thoughts inspired by gulfgolf's splendid phrase on the 'teaching in the USA' thread: I joined this forum about 20 years ago. Members were notably helpful, especially to newcomers (Am I alone in loathing that hideous term 'newbie'?) and this has not changed, though the place is notably somnolent compared to then. Up to about five years ago there was a lot of banter and a certain amount of cut-and-thrust. This has largely disappeared, owing in part to the moderators' uneven 'policy' of censoring any post to which anyone objects and leaving most of the rest to find its own level. Over-sensitivity to any kind of criticism has been increasingly apparent as the snowflake generation has gradually filtered into the teaching profession. This topic has been covered many times. Please do a forum search. No way. I want you to spoon-feed me like dear Miss Reid used to do. I splutter into my breakfast brandy when I see such tabby cats as makhnovite and the pachyderm stigmatized as the arch-villains of the forum. Does nobody here remember the veritably Augustan abrasiveness of such giants-in-the-earth as Phoney Pharaoh? Is there no more virtue in calling a spade a bloody shovel?