Gorgekko, fare thee well. I have always admired and respected you as a member of this forum, and your departure is a loss. Take care.
As for the larger issue raised, I agree to a point. Duirng my time here, there have always been the oddballs, but it does seem that since we've been back that the noise level has gone up. Perhaps it was all that energy that got pent up during the hiatus.
One can try to ignore a thread or poster, but often times, that person seemingly sets a tone. There is a strong wind of negativity around here which comes, in my opinion, from some obvious suspects, but also in responses from less obvious members.
I'm not about to leave, but I do find myself shaking my head about a post or reply more frequently. My two cents.