Like FlyF15, and Lindy obviously, I'm not sure exactly what's happened here but I can guess. Gayl's absolutely right about the change on this forum recently - I'd be more inclined to read a debate if everyone could discuss and disagree without resorting to unsubstantiated name-calling. Take the Airbus vs. Boeing debate, for example: frankly I find the whole thing incredibly boring but some of the posts are not in the slightest bit useful to anyone. I have my views but before I ever get a chance to say anything it's usually deteriorated into an insult competition.
If someone posts something you don't agree with, challenge it WITH RELEVANT POINTS AND SOME TACT. Too often people never get the chance to show any humility and agree that they may have made a mistake because the shooting's already started. It doesn't help when some "new" name appears as soon as the flak starts flying and stirs it up even more either.
I guess it's easier for me since I'm only an aviation enthusiast - I'm an Analyst/Programmer by trade, I've never piloted a plane and I've never pretended otherwise so I'm not in a position to challenge the finer points. But I am qualified to comment on debating skills - it's part of life and, like a few others here, I've been doing it for a lot longer than most of you!
I look forward to further discussion with Will and others but I won't be reading any more Airbus vs. Boeing posts :)
Phew, feelin' better now,
David Livingstone, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK