All I ask is that members not forget that this board recently changed hands in large part because toxic ways of expressing opinions made both moderating and posting a painful experience for quite a few people.
Nuts. I wished I 'd followed this conversation more closely. I'd say that this is partly true, but some of the toxicity came from management itself on some occasions, particularly in that last incident. I say this pointing out that you, Greg, may or may not have your faults, but this one characteristic might not be an issue at all.
The point is not to suppress opinion but to ensure that opinions and expressed in respectful and gracious ways.
I feel the same way, however, I find myself an interlocuter of one when I expect this of those I interact with. Not everyone is capable of measured conversation on much that is important to them, I've come to learn. I suggest that most are clueless of the possible alternative readings of what they express. Almost all of the rest don't really care. Ooh, I sense cynicism coming on.
Here's my opinion (how this for meta-discourse?!): Good manners and strong opinions are not antithetical to one another.
Personally, I am passionate about this. I fear that makes two of us Greg (not to imply that most here are ungracious or unmannerly).