...of a message board.
to start a post asking an innocuous question of a poster i've previously shared discourse with on this very topic is now some great act of malice?
and to allege an act of courage is a faulty inference which you've drawn.
as far as the claim of "winning friends": i think you've greatly overestimated the power of the green board as a networking tool.
but you can nonetheless go on building straw-men so that you may more easily launch canned arguments.