I dunno...i don't really see the debates between long-time herpers about herp-related issues as negative, for the most part. There are personal attacks, but I have yet to see a newbie being attacked for asking a question about snake care. Maybe I've missed it, but it seems like the only things that are remotely negative come from theological issues, not from "helping the new member gain knowledge," as Rich talks about. I agree that this is important, and from what I have seen, this forum is really effective at doing that.
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