Maybe I'm just not going into the right threads, but as one of SSO's token 'conservatives,' I've seen overwhelmingly positive discourse. At least, compared to what you see everywhere else. I think a lot of that comes down to the 'guitars first' point someone mentioned earlier, that this shared passion kind of acts as a glue to keep everyone together. I know that even if I think X event is great but Y person thinks it's just awful, at the end of the day, I'm going to be stoked on Y's NGD and he'll be stoked on mine and 5 minutes later in a separate thread we'll be talking about specs and why used Prestiges are the best guitars for the money. Personally, whenever I find myself in an argument here, even when things get heated (and they do, sometimes), I know that none of you guys are taking shots or getting big-headed and trust that people feel the same about me. From what I've seen, people here tend to err closer to 'debates' than 'arguments,' I see a lot of logic and willingness to accept that we may not know the whole story here. Humility and willing to admit you may be incorrect goes a long way and I've seen a lot of it here. -- Granted, I steer clear of the politics subforum, which is where I'm sure most of the heat is generated.