People leave VMB for a variety of reasons: Sometimes, a person who regularly posts on the board will just disappear, without explanation. Sometimes a person will write me privately to ask to have their account removed for personal reasons. Sometimes a person will have an issue with VMB being a moderated board and/or a disagreement with our policies. Sometimes, sadly, we have a regular member pass away. Typically we will make an announcement thread about these. Although most of us have never met in person, I feel like we establish a kind of relationship and friendship on the board. I understand that there is legitimate curiosity and sometimes concern for people who you have followed on the board over time. I sometimes wonder what ever happened to So&So too. The policy on VMB is that we don't allow the "Hey, what happened to..." threads. In my experience, having those threads is almost never beneficial to the board. Either nobody knows and speculation and conspiracy theories are bred, or the person left and is disgruntled and rehashing all the drama isn't good for the community as a whole. Likewise, if you decide to leave the board, the "That's it! I'm leaving!" threads are removed as well. Go or don't go, but there's no benefit in trying to burn down the place on your way out. It's disruptive to the community. I hope this answers any questions and clarifies our position on the subject. If you have any further questions, I am happy to answer them off the board. You can send me a Private Conversation or contact me via email using the Contact Us button on the bottom of the board and I will answer any questions that I can.