If people want to discuss the general issue of hostility on the forum, I think that's great.
But can we please stop bringing my name/situation up, over and over? When I posted an EDIT to one of my posts in the UFO thread (since I've enjoyed UFOs and the paranormal since the mid/late 70's), my expectation was that Zara would engage me on the reliability of video footage regarding this type of evidence, which I think provides a sense of false authenticity while being potentially more easily abused... and the Mermaid thing being an extreme example of that. Instead I got a much different response that led to an outcome that I did not expect or want for either of us, and I can't change anything that happened after the fact.
From a personal perspective, I've found the entire experience of the last week (starting with the response but continuing with the persistent public dissection and maligning) to be utterly humiliating and emotionally disturbing to me, especially because I don't want to participate out of deference to Zara's absence + my rejoining staff. (I'd rather take it up with him than with any of you, if I had my choice and if I knew he'd engage.)
I can only ask, but I would really appreciate being left out of this as much as possible.