I get a little tired of people who don't frequently post here coming on and whining about how nasty these subforums are. Forums are only as good as the posters that post in them, and if you think you can bring a fresh or moderate voice - bring it. Essentially - put up or shut up.
I don't go onto a forum I never post in (say, homebirth) and start complaining about the nasty tone, or lack of moderateness. It is none of my business, and if I want to make it my business, then I need to try and engage in a genuine way first and get a bit more active in posting.
Kathy: I understand your position and I respect that and try to employ the same standard. However, I just see outrageous comments being made about the medical profession in general and I have many family members in the medical community (which I guess makes me sort of biased) and I just need to respond on a lot of levels. For me, it isn't even about vacs per se, just the stuff that I've read on here lately which seems to damn science and the medical profession as evil. Frankly, as a vegetarian (to cite a bad example) I would do the same if people were bashing vegetarians as commies or dumbells in the general nutrition forums. I've tried to be careful in my response, but I really have a bad habit of calling people out when I think their posts are factually deficient or open to debate. I browse all the subjects, and post in very little actually. When I do browse and see something that causes a gut reaction in myself, I do feel compelled to respond. Sorry.