Let me answer your question with a question.
Why did this forum live prior to whipmaster's arrival? Who knows? Who cares? He's annoying. For the record, Taipan was annoying.
It's interesting that you constantly qualify negative comments about whipmaster with "might well" and "suspect"?
My point was not that the forum couldn't survive without Whipmaster, I was merely commenting on whether or not his posts caused a net reduction in activity on the forum. I "suspect" it "might well" do so, but the demise of some Whippy free forums suggests otherwise. I'm not about to declare his posts a destructive force when the evidence is unconvincing.
The very act of you attacking him and drawing me into the debate indicates that his presence may actually increase activity on this forum.
tedeastside, whipmaster, redlantern are all the same type of person with the same level of annoyance. the fact that a person chooses to defend one and criticize another says more about said person than the posters. They are all annoying. Or none of them are annoying.
Yes, it does say something about me. It says that I don't have a binary mind, I see shades of grey which were obviously invisible to you when you wrote "They are all annoying. Or none of them are annoying." Apparently, in your world, all things are black or white, 1 or 0. Too bad, you are missing a lot.
but hey, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
That's right, and that includes all the folks you find objectionable, including Whipmaster.