Welcome J.E. Interesting to read a review from a new user. I was a bit surprised by your take on the comments threads. I have always found them to be respectful and many times very insightful. No doubt there is heat and disagreement but I have yet to see any outright abuse, nor have I experienced any. In any event good to have you here.
I wonder if you could do a follow up (maybe you already have) to see how or if your views have changed in four months or so on the site?