Upload & Sell: Off
Fascinating. I have been here years and have never even seen a sign that moderation goes on
The mod's alias is on every board right above in your screen. Every now and then accounts get blocked, sometimes moderators disappear. A flame thread is mostly what goes on before moderation becomes noticeable. Conflicts and moderation themes are specific for a board. Indeed, size of images in the landscape forum, nudity in the people forum (there is one obviously going on now from a member who says goodbye because he can't live with the rules here, commercial interest, spamming and linking without permisssion happens in the buy and sell forum, but also in the sports and wedding forums sometimes. I am sure a few of the above mentioned lost FM members left in fact because they did start their own forum. There are quite a few places on the web that started from here and are succesful on their own. Not all of them left with conflicts but in a friendly way. A few though started elsewhere after lots of turbulence here.
In general the people we lose here leave because of shift of priorities, busy personal lifes and business stress. Also the lack of interest in the hobby, or a shift from talking gear to using gear. Some of the latter return time after time.
I also know from members that we lost forever, because they got severely ill, passed away. Some members got handicapped or disabled to do photography. It's them that I miss the most. Most of those are members from other boards, from the beginning of FM when we didn't have an alt board yet. When shooting RAW was an experiment with Fred's linear conversion tools because there was no official RAW converter yet. That was the time when we had maybe 300 members. And look where we are now. At this very moment we have over 255.000 users, often more than 5000 concurrent users all over the world during peak time. It's no miracle we lose some members every now and then. But we get new members in this great community too. It's a natural process.