that's absolutely incorrect. it's a matter of how it's presented...when in rome, do as the romans do, as the old saying goes. here, the lightheartedness is a bit more subdued than on other sites...as is appropriate since this site is a scholarly venture first and foremost. i have done more than my fair share at little smilies and made some jokes in a friendly, lighthearted manner. as have many others. and i have also had ongoing banter - continuing on through to more than one thread with a few people also. first and foremost is providing the info that is being asked, though. there's a time and place and manner for the fun stuff. it's been injected by many here - as per what is fitting for that particular posting/thread and the general over-all feel of this site. in other words: it's been done within the accepted norm for this particular site. when it's fitting and/or appropriate it's included; when not, it isn't. that there is an excepted and accepted norm here with regard to levity is a concept you just don't seem to be able to grasp. or, more likely, you refuse to simply because you don't like it. which put you at a disadvantage because many people put you on block so as to avoid your inappropriate overly enthusiastic comments that were nothing more than fluff and i'm sure some of them missed some valuable bit of information you had to share. although, i can only think of less than a handful of postings from you that actually had any kind of growing information...which only means that you must have been posting in some area i wasn't going to...at least i do hope that is the case :) to see 20-30 posts a day with nothing more than 'hello' or 'welcome' with nothing in regard to what question the person was asking???? really! that is not what this site is about. actually, that's far overboard even for sites where posts 'just to say hi & welcome you' are acceptable!! people come here looking for assistance with a problem - id's or sick plants, etc. others come specifically doing research on a particular species. yes, be welcoming - we all should be. yes, be helpful - we all should be. there's a way to be helpful and welcoming at the same time - and still stay within what is the accepted and expected atmosphere of the site. you have chosen to ignore it and do whatever you want - regardless of the fact that you were asked to curtail the overly rambunctious postings...and it's been to the detriment of all of us.