Just an observation from the various 'flame' posts/threads....
People tend to forget this is an ONLINE forum, not a true physical group gathering to discuss pictures/equipment/whatever. (I don't refer to what happens at SEEDS cos i don't see flame wars there..)
So when someone posts a question or photo for critique, all we have to go by is the typed blah on why he took the pic, or what the poster wanted (which tends to be 'comments pls' or 'just sharing'). Moreover, all we know of the person behind the nick (whichever fanciful nick he/she has) is the avatar, meaning of the nick (if there is such a meaning) and the previous posts by the person.
Not much info to go on from there, agree? Cause not many of us describe ourselves extensively and exhaustively on the web (I own such and such a camera, I take pics for fun, I don't have much experience, pls be kind with critique cos I can't take honest critique - ever see such a disclaimer on someone's sig?)
Contrast this with the actual Clubsnap gatherings/photoshoots/SEEDs. Where you meet a person face to face, freely ask all the information on the photos taken and the type of equipment used - ALL THE WHILE deciding in your mind whether to be respectful and tactful to the person cos he/she is right there in front of you, giving you instant feedback on your comment (physical gestures included). Therefore the feedback is moderated or not given accordingly.
This is the power of anonymity on the Net.. it makes for some very rude/insensitive comments by people who normally don't say it in your face (cos they're cautious about your reaction).
I think some people just love to troll in the Net. Cos they can't bear to give the rude comments in person... or remember there are live people behind the nicks out there who deserve respect too... can't critiques be given tactfully?