My first experience with a health forum was with a FM/CFS group back in 2005. I was told I had FM so was working with this new label. It was a great education and I must have stayed with that group for at least 5-6 yrs thinking back. I made many friends and still talk to them on other groups and have a local friend I met there and we've gotten together...and often email and exchange our thoughts as we think so much alike. So a great plus. The reason I left was the moderator was so opinionated and always talking about her life and it went on and on. Since then I am probably on 5 other mostly health groups, as this is my Main Focus of these groups. And it occurred to me the same thing goes on in the other groups, moderators and their control. One group which is also an FM/CFS group does not have this issue at all, the owner of the group is so far from controlling. He allows everyone to be heard, even ME. Oh I am a member of a couple yahoo groups and it's very easy going and we talk about everything...but keep the focus mostly on the topic of the group. Anyway, woke up thinking this today. I will add since I started with forums one that I like a lot gives out infractions, puts people on time outs for the little nothings in the whole scheme of what's important in life and I have to watch my ps&q's so much as it doesn't take much to be given a vacation. I have a gut feeling they are funded by pharma and I'm not a fan of pharma, so strikes against me right there. The mod who "gets me" was a school teacher, so that says a lot. The above group has a HUGE political/controversial audience and it is just about anything goes but I have to say when I've made a few postings they got deleted....or not much attention. I don't go there anymore. Who needs to be around a lot of hot heads. I could never be a moderator as I'm too live and let live.