<sigh> i can understand Ofilia's disappointment. I thought this thread would be welcoming- welcoming back an old participant, and embracing new ones.
I have to particularly thank Ofilia, and Pam for making me feel welcome back when- i was a rank newbie and feeling a little tenuous about posting. And, there are more people than I can name who have contributed knowledge and wisdom- both in the trails they left (in the archives), and who respond to the frequent questions we all have as beginners.
While i may not be interested in everything that comes up on the forum...as many of you have said- noone's got to read it all if they don't want to.
I think it's great when people share personal information- sometimes even daring, given that a good many of us have never met face to face. When people put themselves out there, they take a risk. Let's try to respect that, and just move on if is not of interest.
i think there are also constructive ways of handling it when a thread which starts on topic, turns off- and I've seen some of our "elder statesmen" do it (tho most are women...and not all that old if you want to stay on topic...gently steer it back, or start a new thread. There are so many ways to handle it.
Well. I don't want to run off at the mouth here.
so Jan, though I never met you on or offline, welcome back. I think we all benefit greatly from the diverse information and backgrounds on the forum, and by the knowledge and wisdom of more experienced lampworkers. I hope you all stick around.