ChristinaB, you are confirming what I just concluded.
You say that this was never supposed to be a debate. Anywhere else on mdc, if you post something, you are not surprised if someone picks up on it and debates it. It's the way mdc is as a board - a discussion board.
I don't think that I hurt anyone's feelings. Have you read the posts I made? I do not think I could be any more respectful or polite than I have been. Several people have commented on that.
I did not say either that people here cannot 'handle' debate. I said "I see that this sort of discussion does not culturally 'fit' here". There is a big difference! I was stating what I had learned from this thread, not being critical.
Diapering obviously operates differently to the other mdc forums, or at least, the ones I frequent. Just go to TAO or education, and it is obvious that just about any thread can turn into a debate. And on the whole, that is what people expect (and like) about mdc. If you post a thread to vent about something elsewhere on mdc, it is highly likely that someone will challenge your thinking.
I don't mind one bit people doing that to me - that is one of the reasons I use this board, as long as they are polite about it. If I want to vent about something, and someone comes along and questions why it bothered me and gave me antoher perspective, I would not see that as rude or hurtful, but somethign I can think about and maybe learn from. And I consider that I have said nothing rude or hurtful here. Why would I be rude about cloth diapering mamas, when I cloth diaper myself, and why would I attack this forum, when I love the diapering forum too?!! Challenging someone's thinking is not the same as being rude or hurting feelings.
All I was doing in my last post was observing that debate clearly is not desired here. No more, no less. You have confirmed this. I have suspected this before, when whole threads have attacked disposable-using parents, with pages of people agreeing, and I have been an almost-lone voice in trying to put forward a different view and see things from their angle.
I will not continue to raise these points, although I think it is a shame as there were a lot of thought-provoking points made here that could have encouraged many of us - including me - to consider our principles and our reactions to others in the cd world and the world in general. It has been interesting that other threads have been started elsewhere on mdc in response to the general content of this one, and people are debating thoughtfully there. I am happy to go there to debate these sorts of issues, now that I understand that it is not wanted by the majority here.