and people are still people.
Yes, they are. The generous, nice, helpful people are still here, too. It's sad to say, but the truth is this is no different than everyday life which is no different than the school playground. There are cliques and bullies and whatever else you want to call it everywhere. There are lurkers whose sole purpose is to make caustic remarks and feel empowered while they hide behind their keyboards. LOL Forums are like that no matter what the topic or the website. Having said that, I love CC. I have found a lot of encouragement and generosity on this site from complete strangers. I love perusing the gallery and am amazed at the talent. When I was a newbie I was apt to say whatever came to mind in the forums and I did get a few snarky, condescending replies. At that time it hurt my feelings and I felt like you are feeling, but common sense won over. Why should I care? Take what works and throw the rest away. Stay a while!