Maybe Styxx just decided to drop his "bomb" and run.
Having been an elder for 30 years myself, I can agree with most of the comments here from former elders. I was appointed at 27, which at the time, by the way, was the minimum age to be appointed and even then under "special" circumstances. The special part was that a brother showed unusual maturity.
What I remember from those early years still haunts me today. When the elder arrangement started (I believe it was in 1972 or 71) it was a shift from a one-man head of the congregation to a body. This was quite a challenge since many of the appointed elders were younger and had no experience in dealing with the problems of the publishers. Also, I saw many congregations around me embroiled in heated arguments among the potential elders-to-be and the "Service Commitee". The congregation I was in even held "voting" sessions by secret ballot of the enitre congregation during the meetings to determine who should be an elder.
In the early 70's and for many years thereafter it was felt and even taught that when publishers had problems it was because they were spiritually weak. While we, as elders, tried to help the publishers with real pyschological problems we were not psychologists nor were we allowed to direct publishers to get "outside" (Satanic, worldly philosphy, etc.) help. One of our District Overseers (Condillis) even said to us that if anyone has problems they will ALL be solved by "pioneering".
My point is this; no matter what the attitude of an individual elder is, whether he is in it for glory or to be of real help, he is limited by what he is told to do by "mother" (WTBTS). This is where the real abuse starts, when they are bound by an organizations' rules on pedophiles, disfellowshipping, showing mercy, definitions of immorality, etc. they become puppets.
I saw far too many disfellowshipped who needed help. I saw far too many elders who would make a single call on a publisher needing help and never return to follow up on them. Perhaps they thought that "one call does it all"!
Bottom line is, the elders are not trained to really help the flock. They are trained to enforce the rules, that's why they have to read their "rule book" before every judicial hearing. While they now can recommend a publisher get outside help it becomes a defeat for them when they do so. They failed to cure the publisher using a spiritual solution.
Trying to blame us, as former elders, for damage done to the flock only highlights the lack of training and real direction provided by the FDS. Ultimately, for the most part, we were obedient to "mother" and did what we were told until we couldn't take the crap any longer. Styxx should be grateful, our leaving means that we can't cause any more "damage".