Simon, I understand that itís no fun being stung by critical remarks. However, such remarks often provide great learning experiences. If someone is being rude just to be rude, someone else Ė usually the moderators Ė will call them on it. But more often than not, the ďrudenessĒ has a point.
The value of a good shock cannot be overstated. During the nine months Iíve been registered here, only a few moments immediately stand out in my memory. All involved scorching replies to my posts. Most of the replies were warranted, and I got a lot out of them because they made such a strong impression. Those replies that I disagreed with, I either countered with my own arguments or simply moved on.
My advice to anyone new here would be to appreciate the forum for what it is: a place where rational self interest takes precedent over everything else, including cordiality. Learn to appreciate bluntness, and you should find that there is much to be gained here.