I wasn't sure where to post this, but I guess here is as good a place as any and it in itself is probably going to start another argument, But here goes --- Is it just me or are there suddenly far too many touchy people on the forum creating arguments where there need not be any? What happened to live and let live? Why is it that people seem to be jumping at the chance to start a verbal free for all wherever possible? We're all here for the same basic reason - we like photography and would like to talk to others who share the same interest and to give those just beginning in photography some insight. Those people coming here to learn more are being "greeted" now with responses that imply 'I really don't want to be bothered' or that imply 'you are a complete idiot, I don't want to waste my time'. What happened to common courtesy, to politeness? So many of the member's responses come across as rude, blunt and downright nasty recently that its really no wonder that other members approach those responses with a bit of arrognace and resentment of their own and then BAM -fight time! I used to love coming here, and I enjoy an ocassional 'heated' discussion myself, whether it be to read or respond to it, but lately, coming here reminds me of the scenes in a moive - a person is on a ledge going to jump and instead of trying to talk that person down and help them, everyone is standing around yelling - Jump, jump, jump! I think eveyone, including myself, should take step back and really examine WHY it is we all come here. Is it to argue, or is it to talk with others about photography? One final thing - what is with all the gun photos recently? Personally I find them quite disturbing. Couldn't those people posting such photos be asked to do so in some sort of sub-forum, rather then on the regular boards, or at the very least be required to say in the title "gun photos" so people who don't find it "cool" to stare down the barrel of a gun don't find themselves doing so because someone has just thrown it in with a few other photos they took? Thanks for listening.