In that time, I've resubscribed a couple of times. Each time I do, I've had something that I've wanted to have answered. I found that, in 99 percent of the cases, my questions went completely unanswered, while other people, who have proven themselves time and time again to be obnoxious and rude had their questions answered in threads that went on for days. Then there is a specific list member who, for whatever reason, seems to think that he's a total authority on all things technology. He's been known to give out incorrect information, or guess at answers, just, (it seems to me), so that he can claim that he answered a post. He's been rude and condescending to other list members, but so many take everything that he has to say as law. Even on a completely un-tech related list, this individual has been known to cut down other listers who are less knowledgeable than he about things relating to the computer.
A few years ago, this person took a nine-month online course to learn about different aspects of computers, screen-readers, magnification programs, etc. Before this time, he was rather rude, but once he had this course behind him, it seemed to me that things just got so much worse.
I think the biggest problem I have though is the fact that, while this individual is being permitted to constantly spout off about things on the list, those who attempt to give him correct information are given warnings from the list moderators off list, and accused of flaming. I wrote to the moderators a few months back after one of my brief subscription periods expressing my concern about the unfairness of how things were being run. I was basically told that it wasn't my concern and to leave it alone. I unsubscribed shortly after that message, again because of all the off-topic and unnecessary posts.
I'm sad to see this list, which was once such a wonderful resource, going downhill so badly, and the way the moderators have very definitely picked their favorites who can do no wrong, while others, who are genuinely trying to help get constant admonishments because "big brother is watching". And, where are the moderators when more serious breaches of list etiquette occur? Obviously these people are playing favorites. Again, I've moderated lists, and I know how difficult it can be. The one thing I hope though is that even if I've made some unpopular decisions, I've always tried to be fair. To me, this is most definitely not fair. I'd love to contribute and to help others the way I was once helped, however at this point, considering the way I've been treated, and the way others have been treated, I will not be a part of this particular list until things change for the better.