I lurked for years (and will continue to do so) on scientology sites before deciding to join the conversation. However, the vitriol, casually tossed off profanity, and embarassing infighting on WWP (which I still like) always made me a bit uncomfortable. Not that I don't mind a little profanity and in-fighting; it can be very entertaining. Nevertheless, it shames me as a member of the human species, because I think it is a byproduct of completely anonymous interaction. I'm glad you guys are here, and hope you continue to share your insights and well-informed opinions. I think it is ironic, because I'm guessing that the straw that broke the camel's back had nothing to do with the Church (the Germans).
Was it the German situation that caused you guys to quit?
Can't speak for "the guys" but I don't think it was the direct cause.
The "german situation" however, put everyone on Staff on edge much more than they had been. And tension between mod staff and admins increased considerably.
Tangerine resigned in the midst of it (just before Christmas), so he might have been an early casualty. He returned shortly (if briefly) afterward.