Of course it isn't a job. It's an online mailing list intended for sharing of information and support. In no way whatsoever is it like a job. If it feels like one, something is wrong. Really, being on this list and responding to people should not take up that much time, unless you let it. If you DO spend a lot of time helping people, then that shows what a good, caring person you are. But in no way is anyone obligated to spend hours responding to every single question. No one is really obligated to do anything on here, but people do because they care.
Because this is an online list, it's really, really easy to ignore people. It's also very, very easy to speak your mind. Internet drama is so easy to spark up. I've seen it many a time before. The point is, yes, things said on here can get people pissed off or upset. And I understand, it's not fun doing all that hard work out in the real world and then coming home to see all of this animosity in your mailbox. It can be exhausting. If it truly is a "toxic" environment, then leaving would probably be a good idea. It would just be a damn shame to lose people simply because everyone can't get along. It just seems like if everyone is really so concerned about all the kitties out there in the world, they would stay on this list just to possibly save a few more of them, even if those kitties belong to people you don't agree with. -Megan >===== Original Message From Kelley Saveika <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> ===== >But this isn't anyone's *job*. Yes, there has been talk on other >lists about what will happen to the newbies here without the benefit >of many of the people who have left. But if someone finds it a toxic >environment I'm not going to tell them it is their responsibility to >be somewhere they find unpleasant. Most of us work in rescue, or have >multiple sick cats, etc and have a very low tolerance for the stuff >that has been going on here lately.