I'm relatively new to BikeForums, although view regularly. For the past ten years or so I have been a regular participant on three or four boating sites.
I must say I'm really impressed with the civility and common courtesy shown on BF. The boating sites get real nasty, real quick. It's interesting to watch participants slog in the mud, but after a while it becomes real tedious.
I mostly am on the Clydesdale and over 50 Forums as I unfortunately qualify for both. The Road cycling forum can degenerate into a urinating contest occasionally. I attribute that to a lot of young guys with keyboard courage.
So, just a note to say it's nice to see productive, civil, informative discussions taking place.