cyberbullying and general abuse directed at myself.
i understand that i am a polarising personality on the forums and have been since i joined last year, i tend to be rather flamboyant and whimsical and had created topics about animals and astrology that had irritated a number of other members, but after the "troll-gate" fiasco last august and the campaign to get me banned i consciously reassessed how i portrayed myself in our community. i decided to discontinue creating topics and restrict my novelty to the occasional status update (usually in the form of musical lyrics or an inspiring quote) but still that didn't seem good enough to some members.
i've been accused of being a troll too many times to count (it got so common it would seem that people would only do it to try and provoke a reaction out of me, rarely succeeding) and that does hurt my feelings because i am not a troll, i admit that some of my earlier topics were borderline 'trollish' (unbeknownst to me at the time) but since [ban frizz] i really have tried to turn my 'trollish' image around, without sacrificing my individuality.
i feel i have made legitimate contributions to a number of discussions and still i'm accused of 'trolling', especially by some of the newer members who joined our community after i had reformed.
i felt the need to create this topic due largely to the fact that i feel i have been subjected to seemingly unrelentless cyberbullying (albeit only mildly abusive but still effective in causing me anxiety and psychological distress) from a number of members, i don't want to sound dramatic by throwing the word 'cyberbully' out there but i do think it's a rather accurate description of this situation.
i am a legitimate member of this community, i make legitimate contributions and i deserve the tolerance and the mutual respect i show every member of this forum, though i know that i am not perfect had have on occasion retaliated in somewhat childish ways, overall i do try to rise above it and "keep calm and persevere".
also, i don't want to be accused of provoking another 'flame war', this topic was intended for genuine discussion.
i love it here and certainly don't ever want to leave and overall i feel accepted by the community but it is an issue that needs to be addressed because it doesn't seem to ever disappear.
again this isn't a platform to continue the nonsense, i genuinely want resolution.