Anyone can discuss anything they like.
HOWEVER - no matter what a person posts - they have to understand not everyone is going to agree. If you only want to hear like opinions - a person needs to e-mail or PM a friend.
How the typed word is interpreted is open for discussion. No way to tell the emotion not to mention typing errors can change the whole meaning.
Posting on a public forum invites public opinion.
This isn't about disagreements. I don't think anyone doubts the educational value of people maturely discussing their disagreements and providing substantive information to illuminate one another. This is about mean spirited bashing, snark, rudeness, etc. about a topic in an area set aside for those interested in the topic to discuss it, and it won't be tolerated. This applies to all areas of the Horse Forum.
We've added the subforums we have so that members can discuss their interests in them. Members are not at the mercy of those who don't care for their interests.
Anyone interested in discussing their interests with fellow horse keepers is welcome to participate here. Anyone interested only in ruining things unnecessarily for others can go somewhere else.
To be sure, members are of course welcome to disagree with one another. However, if you're going to disrupt an otherwise pleasant thread where members are discussing their shared interests to do it, and effectively ruin it for those participating in it, it needs to be for a legitimate reason, i.e. education, safety, etc., and not simply to satisfy some urge to be sarcastic, obnoxious, or mean.
Civility is all we're asking for.
Thanks everyone, and please be sure to use the Report Post feature when you observe posts that run counter to the helpful spirit that is germane to the Horse Forum's purpose.