S Arthur Grey
woven by a poet's loom
A couple of comments, if you don't mind.
(I've been around for about half of PIP's existence and since a time when there were about half as many "members". But I don't know what goes on "behind the scenes" because I haven't been there.)
If nothing else, this place is noticably human, which surprises me sometimes, given its "virtual" limitations. That means there is a lot of human "stuff" here. Arrogance, exibitionism, cowardice, honesty, passion, love and hate, among other things. It can be annoying if you let it, but I try to enjoy it.
I've checked out other poetry sites, and I'm a member of some, but I don't see a reason to leave this one just yet.
Cliques? Sure, but they are even tougher on some other sites. They don't need you? Ignore 'em. Just keep writing.
Some folks find a huge amount of time to be here and it becomes a noticable chunk of their lives. Their personalities are going to show.
"Worse still is the abundance of pseudonyms . . ."
I can't speak for others, but I will tell you that I have several reasons for using this one. Among them is the hope that the poetry I submit under this name gets read for the poetry, not for another name. Vain hope, probably, and it will wear out in time. I also need another voice, and that is a reason I can not easily explain to you, especially if you have never wanted to be someone else.
If you consider it hiding, well, so be it.
I would not have resonded to this thread if I did not respect your work and hope that you stick around.
(Oh, and by the way, if you find another neat site, let me know . . .)