As someone who may be regarded as one of those you may be referring to, i can say that i do get put off sometimes. I dont feel intimidated as such, but i do find it tiring.Having said that, with some of the stuff i become embroiled in, it goes with the territory. I do think a few threads have died because people are afraid to disagree with the perceived consensus of opinion. e.g.The Israel/Palestinian thread has died because no one dare disagree with the pro Palestinian lobby in here.There was a time it may have been debated to a point, but not now. The Scottish Independence thread is another.I myself lob a spanner in now and then, but it is basically a dead parrot thread as everyone involved is just preaching to the converted!There is no debate........and when a hint of one arises, it is as you like you say, aggressive and dismissive posts, leading to mockery in varying degrees. On other subjects, there is definitely a perceived attitude about certain posters for not towing the party line."Well technically you are a Celtic fan, but we dont really want you here as you dont support the IRA, or condemn everything we do....and...and...and....and!!" I more than most have been on the receiving end of various stuff for my opinions......and i definitely see the mob mentality in action occasionally. Personally, it doesnt put me off saying what i have to say, but i do get bored repeating myself or having to trawl through a thread dealing with the gang, to then reply..........so sometimes i will make multiple replies, and just not go back in the thread again, as i know what to expect and have grown tired of it. All that said, i like many of those i have had run-ins with in the past......but some will always see me as an outsider of sorts for their own reasons.I have no problem with that, but i do get the impression that most of them are those who generally live their life in a cocoon of like minded people, and will never be able to accept those who dont fit in it.....either in here or in life!