Jane, you ignorant slut . . . (No, don't think I'm being sexist - I'm just quoting Dan Aykroyd's famous retort to Jane Curtin. Which Jane Addams should be old enough to remember. Speaking of which, I cannot help but notice that Jane does not spell her last name Adams, as in John or John Quincy - she spells it Addams, as in Gomez and Morticia. That, of course, is not a judgment, merely an observation.) But seriously, Jane, I like your attitude. And you are quite correct - this is not a proverbial safe place. It is a place of very lively interactions, some of which can get biting. And so far, you fit right in. We are, primarily, a distance education forum - although you would sometimes never know it from all of the off-topic posts you see here. Even then, the wacky world of DL (common abbreviation for distance learning) is full of exposés and critiques of both legitimate programs and degree mills. In fact, this forum has been responsible for shutting down several degree mills over the years, and some of us have had the lawsuits to prove it. In this field, we take seriously the old expression, "If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the fire." Frankly, I'm hoping that you can stand the heat. Your perspectives on both LPC/LHMC's and LSW's can be quite valuable. But you can bet your buns that if you come across as whiny, you'll hear about it. Oh, and we don't call it "responding to older posts." We call it necromancing. Okay, boomer?* ___________ * Couldn't resist, although I'm just as much a boomer as Jane.