This Forum, is in a way a part of this world. Some days are good, and some days are bad.
There are many positive individuals who wish to communicate with other Orthodox, there are people who merely wish to learn about Orthodoxy, some have questions, some wish to have something explained....all here admittedly do learn something about Orthodoxy. I know I have.
There are also negative people on the Forum, just like in the world. There are people who thrive on conflict, can never admit they might be wrong, don't wish to see other's point of view, and are Pharisaical....and tend to bring negativity onto the Forum.
There are people who merely are having a bad day, or are struggling at the moment, don't feel well, have a headache, are in trouble with the boss, or the wife, or both....and come across as angry and intolerant. They really aren't....they are just having issues and we must be patient with them, and help them.
The Forum is not a negative place, but, we tend to bring negativity onto the Forum.
If anyone finds this Forum to be negative, than I assign you the task of changing that around.
Be nice to everyone, be supportive, kind and understanding. Don't jump at the bait, don't snap at the wagging finger....just let it go.
Everyone, even Dan, has every right to discuss their feelings on this thread and the entire Forum. Yes, we know he's had issues, but, there's no need to throw them in his face at every opportunity. We all make mistakes, we all sin, we fall....we get back up. Let us encourage each other, not discourage.
If anyone has suggestions on how we can make this Forum "more" positive, feel free to share you suggestions with us. No guarantees they will be implemented, but, this is a free country, and you can speak your piece - as long as it abides by Forum Rules.