May I say 'welcome' also.
I think the best way to answer your question/statement is to say that this board, in a sense, is no different than any other big message board. You
will have what you have described, no matter where you go. I would simply ignore it and count it to the 'nature of the beast'.
Its a fact of the internet, if not a fact of life.
Enjoy your stay and keep an open mind.
All-in-all, opinions are opinions.....but ATS has alot of great people here and some good discussions also.
[Edited on 19-7-2003 by Seekerof]