Liberalconvert: I have on several occassions, most notably when SP was ill, and the main posters here were GC and myself, attempted to bring these threads to discussion rather than the bearbaiting, snide comments and often outright lies posted.
If you have time have a look, and you can see the now and then sensible discussion does prevail, but those opposing our beliefs do not seem able to restrain themselves just that little more, and see that they are attcking principles and values that we hold not just dear, but as a substantial foundation to our lives - they mock and ridicule, but seem incapable of simply agreeing to disagree and allow us to correct their misinformation, or teach them the true principles we believe.
Of course they do come here to attack, and as we have seen even those appearing to show a willingness to discuss soon turn to bitter attacks on what is obvously someting they know little of, and understand less about.
I learnt for myself on my Mission that bashing will engender nothing but ill-feeling - I have purposely attempted to keep away from this and, as has SP starting ignoring those posts by Godchild as they contain noting but bitterness. Though I can't say that there have been times I have gone further than just correction.
I wonder how these discussions would proceed were they face to face!
Those opposing our views here really do believe that we have some book telling us what to say, or that despite the obviously individual ways that LDS can and do repsond to accusations we are somehow brainwashed. It will be interesting to see how you deal with posting here. I am sometimes concerned at how easily a simple comment may be read with more emphasis than intended, but I suppose that is where we rely on the spirit to guide us.
Purely out of interest, and to assist in terms of reference, what part of the world are you posting from?