Pretty much... there's been some mud slinging and flaming going on, but not anywhere nearly as often or heated as last year. I'd prefer this one, but most people seem to be on the other board this year.
I think anonymity is a big part of it, but this is the time of year things really start to get heated,nasty, and stupid over on the other side, and many of us revert to this side for rational discussions.
I think part of the interesting part/draw of the other board is the individuals from which the original posts orininate. I see this group as generally knowledgeable, but those are the originaotrs typically. Some times originatoras are agitators that spark debate and sometimes it's someone genuinely looking for a fairly common answer. The varying opinions/responses generate add'l comment.
The group that resides on the miessage board seem to be those that comment on other posts that someone else originated.
That's probably a good generalization. I think the vast majority are responders rather than originators. The thing that I find interesting are the number of people who b###h about anonymous posters yet don't bother to come over to this side.