Ok, first of all, I feel the need to point out the little 'show all reponses' button at the bottom of the articles. I get the feeling no one is looking at the four or five responses posted last on TomB's article. Now, onto my not-too-brilliant brain flash I just had. Disclaimers: This is basically saying the CPA doesn't need to be active, I'll just say that now so I don't get burned on it. This is also off the top of my head, no fore-planning _at ALL_. Instant idea. The founding of the CPA conincided with the height of my anger with WotC. Joining the CPA allowed me to see something, that there _are_ brilliant, friendly Magic players out there whom I can relate to and have fun talking to. And now, my much-foreshadowed point: The CPA is a place where players can all realize that. I know several posters came here rather P.O.ed at WotC, and have since become much less angry. Perhaps part of that has to do with the same realization I pointed out above. I know that part of my frustration with WotC wasn't really aimed at WotC, but at the pro players I was so used to reading the writings of. Price, Zvi, etc... In my mind, at least, these people represented the massive majority of .\\agic players. I knew intellectually that they were not, but the fact that they so easily swayed the majority with their writings lead me to that mistaken idea. And I didn't really respect those guys. Good players, sure. But not _people_. The CPA is people. Real frickin' PEOPLE. The CPA is representative of enough players to at least make me feel like those pros aren't the Masters of the Game. WotC and the DCI were a problem, and perhaps they still are. But the CPA allays at least a portion of that problem, simply by existing, and showing that at least _some_ people talk back. "IMHO, of course."