It may well be true that a "handful" of writers engage in real critiques here, BUT there are a number of members who spread idle gossip and lies about others. There are those who are not here for literary purposes; their intent is dark and counterproductive. It is a shame. The writers who have been ignored and chased off know that to be true.
Forked tongues are always going to be around. It's important to become aware that in every social group, organization, neighborhood, and social network, there is going to be an official “rumorologist,” a gossip-lover who wants to gain notoriety at another's expense, as well as naïve people who follow them. This is sad because they could gain notoriety through their own personal contributions in life, stemming from their own talents.
A wise person understands that in order to break a chain, we just have to get rid of one link. If rumors and gossip act like real viruses anywhere in our lives, it is necessary to have trusted people to act as intelligent ears to disarm things that do not make sense. Gossip dies on the ears of a wise and intelligent person; therefore, it is necessary for us always to be that intelligent ear that will act as a barrier, that puts a stop to the affront, the senselessness, the false information, and the spark of that fire that always longs to sweep someone away.
Ghandi said it best when he said, Be the change you want to see - part of the solution, not the problem ( which includes spreading gossip about gossip ).