I confess I pop in and out but am not and don't think I ever have been a regular poster. I can't comment on much of the visa stuff although have hopefully offered something vaguely helpful about spouse visas, and the emotional side of moving. I think that the nature of the forum being migration, it is always going to be more transient a membership. I have to say though, aside I suppose from facebook, ie posting a question for all Adelaide friends to respond to, its a fantastic place for sharing / asking for recommendations, I always look here if there's something I want to buy second hand and I get in and out of the habit of posting.
Always sorry to see the less kind uses of the forum but that's par for the course on the internet and its good to try to stay out of that stuff!!!
Maybe I suppose draw a line under it really and concentrate our minds on making the forum a friendly and open place to be...
I have to say, I was really struck by the video of christmas day. Even though we have 1/2 our family here (cos we are Adelaide / UK marriage, half and half!) Christmas is a hard time for us both - partly cos of the nature of our family here and the politics we've moved back to, but also because our married friendships were mostly formed in England and there are some friendships it goes a long way to match. BUt what I was so struck by, was that a group of people in the same boat in terms of needing to find a "new Christmas" all got together in community spirit and had a great time doing something completely different on the beach. I haven't really made those kinds of friendships on PIA, it hasn't really fulfilled that role for me and I've made a couple of mistakes thinking I'd get on with people and found out that moving from UK to Australia was about all we had in common!!!!! (Not referring to you The4Hopes, and want to meet up again some time this century!!!). But that video said one thing to me - "This is PIA at its best".