Stick around, things generally cool off. The only old posts that get members jacked up are the ones where a new member is answering a question that was asked a long time ago, usually of the genre "are those life-jackets still on sale at west marine?" or some other time-sensitive topic. You'll notice that some of the older threads, concerning on-going issues, do not elicit the same criticism. In fact, I think the buying a boat forum should have a note at the top stating that one should peruse the 3 million threads on buying a starter boat before asking the same question! Some members are more polite than others, some have no sense of humor at all, and some just use the site to keep their keyboards limber because they already know everything. Regardless, politeness counts and bare-knuckled brawling seems to find it's way to fight club where primal screams seem well, ordinary. It ain't perfect but it seems to be run by some decent blokes and 'most' of the posters are good shipmates.