I have stopped posting in some threads because the argument or the emotional content just got out of hand.
I don't think everyone should agree with everyone for the sake of "niceness" or that it should all be kitttens and rainbows.
However, there does appear to me, a very new member, to be *a lack of respect* for other people's viewpoints or a lack of understanding that posters from different disciplines may have different but equally valid ways of doing things.
Things turn into slanging matches or get personal way too quickly. Posters often lack the ability to *respectfully* disagree, or have a constructive dialogue about where their opinions differ.
I also agree with the poster above that there seems to be a lot of "provocatative posting" going on - posting just to get a reaction or provoke an argument.
Yes, this forum is *much* better than one other horse forum I've visited but that's an awfully low standard.
I'm here because I like to read the ideas and opinions for other educated horsepeople, and immodestly believe others might want to read mine. All of the manufactured drama gets in the way of that, IMO.
Thanks to the OP for posting this.