Annabel wrote:But it's causing so much unnecessary suffering, which will eventually backfire.
The cause of suffering is craving or attachment. Not getting what one wants is suffering, but the cause is the wanting. In fact, not getting what one wants can be a cause for wisdom to arise. It all depends on how people make use of the down-time. Will they perhaps meditate more, or study some Suttas?
It is better to seek for that kind of happiness which is not dependent upon conditions.
I was banned from E-Sangha (allegedly) for not agreeing to change my avatar (the same one that I use here). I suspect that that was just a pretext, and that the real reason was my criticism of Bogus Sutras
that were never taught by the Buddha. However, it did not make me suffer — on the contrary. Posting on E-Sangha was often difficult because the admins and mods sometimes censored my posts, or sometimes suspended my account, and some members who hold wrong views used to abuse me when I taught the Dhamma there. Teaching in such a hostile environment is not conducive to inner peace. Nevertheless, it did benefit several people. As far as I know, two young men have to date become Theravāda bhikkhus thanks in part to my posts on E-Sangha.
If you want to preserve and propagate the True Dhamma, you have to tolerate such abuse. Even the Buddha got abused, so what can ordinary monks expect? In the end, it is only diverse views and opinions. The real Dhamma cannot be found on internet forums, nor in books. The Tipitaka is just a road map showing the way to the end of suffering. We have to walk on the Noble Eightfold Path to reduce and finally to remove the causes of suffering.