I thought this was supposed to be a chat room where we discussed problems and solutions to solve those specific problems...
Shouting the problems without proposing anything will not solve too much...
No, it's not that I don't get along with them...
Only that by nature, I worry. A lot. So, I already have the worst case scenario in mind. In that case, a temporary absence would be best.
Could you describe that scenario?
Let me guess : you are afraid that people will hate you because you think MN is subdivided, and that you will be considered as a jerk by other MNers...?
I guess my only suggestion would be to ask everyone to be more open?
Human beings naturally split in little groups. They stick with people who have similar interests, and with who they feel comfortable.
And may I add, there is nothing wrong about this.
Dave, let me tell you, due to my moving all over the country (sigh) I have met many MN'ers over the past few years. And never have I ever heard anyone say a negative comment about you! I told you I think you are smart and friendly and a good member of MN and it would really surprise me if anyone thought any differently.
About cliques, I do agree with you. But I DON'T think this is a reason for you to leave MN or that people are purposely excluding others. I think it's more that people who meet a lot, spend more time together, come on at the same time zone, or have more in common in general tend to be friendlier with each other than with others.
I am aware of this. We are, indeed, all here because of a liking of mysteries.
And I'm not saying that everyone here isn't polite. Curtsies such as "Hello," "How are you," and "Good bye!" are given. I'm not saying people here aren't nice.
However, conversation with other people seems to be lacking. I'm not saying you have to become their best friend; if the opportunity arises, however, it won't kill you to talk a little bit.