I gotta agree with the others...except for one or two strong threads (which I'll admit that I am partially to blame for), compared to some of the other forums out there, I find this one to usually be most inoffensive. I can handle honest critiques of my work even when said critiques aren't favorable...in fact I generally thrive on it as I feel that honest feedback is the only way one can improve...but some of the folks on other forums are simply downright rude. I recently posted a thread on another forum in regards to a "how to" article they had published in their magazine which I had felt was very poorly done (especially for a national/international publication) and I got slammed for everything from my poor spelling to issues over my potty training! LOL!!! The funny thing was, very few people actually addressed my comments about the article...go figure.
I have to agree with Bob...I think the only thread I've seen on this forum which is even remotely controversial is the one in regards to hunting...which I will not apologize for and will leave at that. Beyond that, I can't really image how anyone could find anything in this forum to be remotely offensive.
On the other hand...I've also been on internet forums for many many years now and there are always folks like this that come and go. They'd rather scream "foul" and run off rather then try and address the issues in a civilized way...not really much you can do about them. There's also folks like myself who can be rather strong with some of their opinions and some folks don't take into account that they are just that...opinions. I'm sorry to see stonebroke go as I thought a couple of his deer shots were excellent, but if he takes things that personally, I'm not going to twist anyones arm to stay either...it's really up to the individual to decide what they find offensive and as someone once said, "you can't make everyone happy...especially on the internet".
I think this is a great forum, I'm very proud to be a part of it and I look forward to watching it grow and prosper as time goes by. I've learned a great deal in the short time I've been here from the folks that do contribute and I think there is much for any individual to gain who's interested in outdoor photography.
Just my $.02 worth...don't spend it all in one place! LOL!!!