In other forums, I have been in very heated debates in one thread and at the same time, in another thread, have a very agreeable discussion with the same people, liking each other's posts, etc. But I have also had disagreements with people who have taken things so much to heart that they've stalked me in real life and threatened me with physical violence or more - and not just in gun or political forums.I don't mean this negatively so please don't take it that way but.... Spend some time here.
I absolutely agree with you that there is a prevailing political bend to this forum and we are absolutely among like minded people BUT there have been a few extremely spirited debates here among long term members. I have seen debates that have actually made me slightly uncomfortable as its not a good feeling to see long standing members that you have respect for argue with each other.
Given that, one of the things I love about being a member here is the fact that I'm among like minded people.
I had threats from people who disagreed so fervorously about a blog article I wrote on a prominent SQL Server site about primary keys in databases that they threatened to track me down and kick my tail.
I hope that members here don't take this Internet forum stuff too personally. Even after heated debate, everyone here (and most on most sites I've participated on) seems very likable and, at the end of the day, we should all be able to go out for a beer...