Ian, I'm sure you're right. I don't frequent any other forums, so I've never seen the "back and forth" you're describing. Since my boy and I restore and show old scooters and cars, I can imagine how heated some of those sites can get.
I guess I need to "look around" a little to see what's up and how people interact with each other.
You'd think someone who teaches interpersonal communications could have figured that one out.
My frame of reference was players of other instruments and direct contact with them, not interaction with them on websites dedicated to specific instruments, styles, etc.
Ian, what you tell me makes a whole lot of sense. It's a little embarrassing that I didn't see the obvious.