I'd like to bring complete and total closure to the issues I've had with the forum and this thread seems to me like the best opening.
The forum is okay once you know how to navigate the waters. It just takes a lot of effort and isn't something I want to do on a regular basis. But for anyone who actually wants to put in that time, go for it.
I think the key is to remember that a lot of these people are going to want to talk about these things longer you do, so just look for the nearest exit when you're done and let them continue.