I agree with your thoughts, and to you James I am glad you sent your coments in the form of an eMail.
The form, for Mike, is a good addition for driving business if it works properly. Not properly policed it can do the opposite. As I see it a good working form on topic of Commodity Trading can encourage the books avaible on the topics purchased here, but flames do nothing to educate, or raise interest of those looking for information.
Sometimes idots, like MS, can not see, or even understand how their comments, and insults hurts Mike's business. Why? I can only think it is because his objective is drawing attention to himself. Then harvesting our eMail addresses for SPAM only supports his interest.
The forum is lucky to have good posters like Trades, Coral, and a few others, right or wrong, share their thoughts, freely. People like techman, Rich Hales, and other good posters are only a fond memory.
As a suggestion I have seen froums with a strong policy on flames work well.
My best to Mike in making his decision.