Something I thought you might like. This is rule #6 from Ron's personal "Internet Rules" guide. 6. No one is holding a gun to your head, forcing you to continue an unpleasant online discussion. If you stop, few will notice.
What this forum is is actually quite typical of how a lot of older forums sit; You get a bunch of older members who know each other well and familiar with each other's posting styles, happy to support each other along the way patting each other on the backs while singing 'Kum Bay Ya My Lord', but when a disturbance in the Force comes along, band together and go on the attack to weed out that "nuisance".
You got that exactly right...........Glad to see you and some others speaking out.