Just a general observation about topics like this: when wanting to engage in a dialog the thing that I see works over and over again is to start by engaging people in a conversation. Dumping screenfuls of text into a first message and then being surprised when people aren't engaged or are critical is na´ve.
lesson learned. it's been awhile since i've been to TrekBBS. works ok as a strategy for me elsewhere, though it's not working that horribly right now. *shrug*