I went about a month and a half with no CM and found that I missed all of the many positive things I got from being a part of this community. I started coming around a week ago and reading as a lurker. I have a few observations about both the events surrounding my departure and the state of the mansion. 1. If anyone was offended or put off by my previous avatar, I'm sorry. I never received a negative comment in about 5 months of highly active participation until a few days before it was unceremoniously removed. To the contrary I received many compliments and inquiries about sources for pouch panties. Never the less there has been a favorable reaction to the culling of the avatars, so I guess some found it offensive. 2. Regardless of whether it should have been changed or not the way it was handled was poor. Furthermore the comments by Lucy in the thread were openly mocking of my other posts and in her position of authority as a moderator were clearly cyber-bullying. I have no intention of starting a war of words, but I will not stand for that in a place as open and accepting as CM. I will stand up for myself as anyone should when confronted by a bully. 3. Volume and participation are way down on CM with many long time users being alienated or bored with the "new direction". As Jemima said, no one comes here anymore. Well I'll come here and I'll participate and I will not allow myself to be driven off again.