1 Strummerson 6 months ago I have warm relations with many many members of this community. The vast majority of the rest are people who are decent and with whom I am cordial and unfailingly civil. As one who has studied and taught rhetoric and administers social media groups organized around much more contentious and sensitive topics than guitars, I have a fairly developed perspective on the complexities involved in civil society, whether writ large or in small communities marked by developed familiarity.However, I stayed away from this community for an extended period because a handful of members to a dislike to me and behaved like childish bullies. Some still do. I don't really mind that I am not 100% accepted and liked everywhere or anywhere. No one really is. But I do not accept some of the behaviors I have witnessed on the GDP from a very small number of members and do not think that simply ignoring them is effective. I also know from experience how much time and energy can be soaked up and spit out moderating petty immaturity. The most effective solution, in my view, if we want a broadly inclusive community (and I do) is to include a function where people can elect to block one another, after which they will not see your posts and you will not see theirs. Were such a function incorporated here, my guess is that the number of members with regard to whom I would avail myself of this function would be exceedingly small. Low single digits. But had I been able to do so, I would not have absented myself from the GDP for one or more extended periods and no other members would have been exposed to the unpleasantnesses which I face and have protested.