And now I will never get the answer to the question I wanted from BigJohn. He said he was against Castletardism, but not the Castlers! I asked what Castletardism meant to him, but he never told me and now I'll never know!
I can't answer for John, but I can understand where he was coming from, and I am guessing that Castletardism meant the same to him as it does to me.
I see it as elitism, an inner circle within MTF. Yes, anyone can join, but only if they agree with the leadership. I am not referring to the Castle's stated principles, which are admirable, but the way CD treated the Castle as his private fiefdom. Like Animal Farm, all posters are created equal, but some are more equal than others.
This is not an attack on CD or his followers. Sometimes he was sinned against, but often he was sinning, as in his use of derogatory nicknames for those like Big John with whom he disagreed.
Somewhere there is (or was) a thread titled "300 best posters of all time". Voted on like the popcon? No, decided by CD, sometimes at the behest of one of the Castlers, but often solely on his initiative.
Lest this post be regarded as sour grapes because I was not invited to the castle, I was on at least two occasions. My response was that if CD cared to demonstrate his undoubted tennis knowledge in Tennis Tipping or one of the other games, I would join the Castle. This did not happen.
Maybe since the banning of SDG and CD Castletardism no longer exists, but I hope this helps answer your question, Mae.