Because I'm new, I've stayed out of the mudflinging as much as I could until now, and I don't plan on flinging, really... Having watched for a little while, though, I'll say this:
When I first came, what really impressed me was how rapidly a somewhat complex question was answered, by knowledgable and helpful people. I've asked several others since then, some of which have attracted wits, and most of which have been clearly answered. That, in my opinon, is the primary wonder about this place, and what should be preserved overall- everyone's combined knowledge of music as a resource for each other and anyone who wanders in. There's nothing else like it.
There are a lot of questions, posts, etc about things other than music, which are entertaining, but the question does remain, are they suitable? And given that they are, can we accept that this is tolerance on the part of a music based site, and communication between friends and strangers (who may become friends) giving advice and thoughts on other subjects?
I don't think (My opinion, of course) that the sort of biting response that Bert gave above, referring to the 'gutless' is neccesary, coming from TTCM, Bert, or anyone else... Those two names come up, and I'm not trying to link them too much together, since one is nothing but nasty, and one is striking back, but nothing in AC's message suggested that that kind of response was appropriate, and I think that should be respected. Otherwise, my approach has usually been to ignore flamers, particularly ones like TTCM, who, although they clearly have an opinion, don't (from what I have seen) seem to really have an agenda other than being nasty.
I'd like to think I won't have anything more to say on this subject- That's not a promise, but then, my opinion doesn't count for much anyway.