I just posted this on H2O and though I'd put a copy here as well...
I just thought it may be appropriate for me to express my appreciation for your site and what you have accomplished over the last few years and I'm sure will continue to do.
Like many others, H2O was one of the sites which helped to open my eyes to the WatchTower Society and beliefs and practices of Jehovahs Witnesses and realise that there were things seriously wrong which a lot of other people saw as well - it wasn't just limited to our local congregation.
I did participate on H2O occasionally as Caliban but never really kept up-to-date with all the posters, personalities and what was going on between them.
The reason I decided to create an alternative forum, www.jehovahs-witness.com, was because at the time it appeared that the very pro-JW community was well served by WitNet and the anti-JW's had H2O but that it may have been a bit too much for the 'mildly curious' JW to visit. My idea was to have a forum more like WitNet which would gradually allow more open discussion than was allowed there without being too off putting to many as a way of introducing the issues to them more gently.
I'm sure your views and standpoints have changed over the years and mine have too. There are people at different stages who need different things. I haven't set out to compete with H20 although it may appear that I am doing by some peoples posts. I think it's good to have more than one place that people can go to - we are both here for pretty much the same reasons after all? I know I do things a bit differently but that is not because I think having a FPP or moderators is a bad thing - it's just a different approach that I have taken. No better, no worse, just different.
You ask if I am a JW in good standing or ever was a JW ? Well, since I asked a few questions at a 'shepherding call' which the elders seemed unable or unwilling to answer I have had talks given about me (apparently I'm the anti-christ) and one local elder in particular spread it around the congregation that I was 'an apostate' (this was before I started any web-sites). Myself and my family have been subjected to continued harrassment including malicious phone calls to family members in other congregations to try and turn them against us, having my car vandalised (with apostate written on it and nails put in the tyres) and them trying to stop my father speaking to me (we had just got in contact again after missing many years bacuse the elders told me I should not speak to him when he was df'd). This culminated a few months ago in a 'sham trial' where they claimed I had disassociated myself for refusing to meet with the elders even though I had a three hour judicial committe meeting with six of them. No doubt they have now announced this lie to others from the platform and we find ourselves almost totally cut-off from friends and family. WHY ? Because we doubted, because we asked questions, because that is how they work to keep control.
I am honestly just trying to do my bit to help others who may be going through the same thing and also to do something positive that I can channel my energy into to help myself. If I can help someone, somewhere to avoid having to go through some of the things I have then it will be worth the effort.
There are many who would love to cause contention among us apostates / dissenters / ex-members (delete as appropriate) so they can point to us and say "See, look at them, didn't we tell you...they are evil..." and I know people have received emails faked to make them look like I sent them containing viruses etc... (I have recieved them myself). They hate to see us helping each other and providing support to others and providing areas where people can ask questions and discuss things without fear of retribution.
I don't know if I have a point to all this really. I just wanted to say how much I appreciate the effort you put into H2O (I know how much time and money it takes now !) and understand how some comments that have been made have not exactly been encouraging.