:Authors Note::::::: I realize that this isn't the original post....however, I decided that the point I was trying to make was taken by everyone loud and clear, and there's no sense in leaving my past rant in place. I'm not sorry that I posted it here, but I don't see the need to keep it up. I made my opinions known, and everyone's had the chance to read what I said and to form their own opinion.
I love this site and I always will. I would never do anything to take away from the purpose of it, and if I ever come to the point where I feel like I don't like it anymore, I'll leave before I do anything to cause it harm. I don't think my rant was harmful at all. I felt like I had a responsibility to speak up not just for myself and others in my position, but for the authors who are coming up behind us. If anything, my rant made people think, and that's always a good thing.