I tried to start something similar to this in LJ, but only one person joined. I really didn't have the time to pull it off, anyway. Thank you SO MUCH for bringing something positive into fandom again. When I was first introduced to fandom, I was told it was all about people who shared a common love coming together as a family and escaping the crap of the outside world.
Ever since August 2005, I have been experiencing almost more crap in fandom than there is outside fandom. I find that very sad, as I know there are a lot of fans who have a lot of crap in their lives they desperately need to escape, myself included.
There are people with severe physical and emotional pain, people with terminal illness, people who are more or less shut-ins.... Fandom is the only joy they have in their lives. To have some hateful person take it upon himself or herself to make another fan's experience unpleasant is just really, really shameful.
If this post is too personal and/or negative, please let me know. I tried to keep it general and edited it several times to keep it that way.