Thank you The Shambles for starting this thread. As a "music nut" I visit the Mudcat every day, sometimes several times a day and browse mostly the music and technical threads which are hugely informative but sometimes also the so-called BS ones. I only post occasionally and, unlike some here, have been very surprised at the tone of (thankfully) a relatively small number of threads and posters. I would be the last to want censorship imposed but the other side of this is that all should respect the right of others to express views that they don't necessarily share. As an Irish citizen I was particularly struck by the vehemence of some posts in threads like Bobby Sands and some earlier ones I subsequently looked at, but deliberately stayed out of the discussions.
All in all Max does a splendid job on this site and maintains just about the right "feel", and the 'Cat remains one of my favourite places on the web and is a tremendous resource to boot. I'm personally prepared to tolerate the very occasional regrettable but ultimately inevitable boorish and opinionated posting (given human nature)to reap the benefit of the overwhelming goodwill, knowledge, good humour and helpfulness of the vast majority of 'Catters.
Peace and goodwill to all,