Our congregation is on a Witch Hunt against those faded away. Not too long ago they DF'd someone who had been away for 25 years. They simply asked him if he wanted to study again, and he said, 'No'. Then they told him, he was DF'd.
This came about when the District Overseer met with the cong Elders along with the CO. During the Elders meeting the DO stated that we had it wrong about those who faded away when we made no decision about those who withdrew from the faith. We simply let them be. The DO stated that once you are baptised, you are always baptised.
News about this spread into the nearby congregations, and others freaked out by it. Some asked other Elders that said, "Huh" The policy or maybe opinion of the DO was applied inconsistently in our city. There would be at least 49 DF'd is this were to be applied. I'm sure if it were applied this numbers of DF's would sky rocket through the roof.
Every one is puzzled about it, and the Society doesn't even know about the opinion of this crazy old DO who really should retire into a basement appt at some Kingdom Hall is a lousy city, where he belongs.....sorry just venting here