I spent a good bit of time over at Internet Infidels Discussion Board (IIDB) when I was working my way through my deconversion, and the people and threads there went a long way in helping me hammer out the details in my head. So it’s sad to see that there seems to be a major breakdown going on over there. I’ve been looking at the threads in the ~~Elsewhere~~ forum, along with comments in another group called Rants ‘n Raves (which seems to be an alternative board where many current and former members are heading to), and it appears that many people, including numerous mods, are jumping ship.
As best as I can tell, it started when one of the Admins (The Other Michael) banned EverLovingGodStopper, another long time member and mod, from IIDB, and it looks like the ban is permanent. ELGS, (Janice Rael) was (I believe) the Internet Infidel representative to the AAI convention in Washington DC last month. I don’t quite understand the ins and outs of the hierarchy and politics of the organization, nor the stated and unstated reasons for the ban, but it appears that it has pissed off quite a few people, to the extent that now it has spread across the board like wildfire, affecting many members, mods and admins. If you are a member at IIDB, here is the most current list, and at RnR, here, (you don’t need to be a member to view the latter). At least 11 mods have resigned, three admins, and there are numerous self-bans and suspensions. It’s taking on the appearance of a coup d’etat. It’s not something I would expect to see at a freethought organization like IIDB.
There is a lot of talk at RnR about setting up a new and better board to meet the needs of those who are leaving IIDB, and of course, there’s a lot of threads in IIDB about trying to fix the problem from within, before it gets worse, including demanding the resignation of The Other Michael. If you have ever frequented that particular board, you might want to check it out.
I’m not sure how it’s going to shake out, but at the moment, it’s not pretty.