QUOTE(Larry Sanger @ Mon 20th February 2012, 2:21pm)
But is it really possible for anybody in his right mind to get all broken up about being kicked out of the Wikipedia insane asylum? I mean, they're so ridiculously self-important, when they aren't acting like trolls, and show no sense of grace, humanity, or even style.
Well put. I would advise anyone who's been contributing to Wikipedia for six months or so (just long enough to feel like you're making a difference) to make some kind of move and see just how much the community is in your corner. File an RfA, try and contribute to a highly-watched article, add some controversial material, jump into the BLP page, try and help on the IP pages, start a discussion about clarifying or changing a policy, etc.
You can sit back and fight vandals all day and never get anything really accomplished. Jump in and see exactly how much your contributions are appreciated, and how much a part of the community you feel like once they finish putting you through the full-on anal probe that is finding Wikipedia consensus.
I'd bet that's when that curve of Wikipedians starts to fall off. It's very easy to lose an argument on the internet with people who live there, and already have their support system in place to keep things exactly the way they are.