Are they still talking shit? There is no accounting for taste. Not all people here are assholes. Not all people there are nice. Most people can't live under the strain of tip toeing around a community of ultra sensitive hipsters that have no grounding in reality.
A lot of it stems from a grown man not being able to control a community, so he talks shit, and runs a horribly insecure site.
TREP: Browsing your forum is like picking flyshit out of pepper wearing boxing gloves. PRO TIP: fuck it, archive everything, then require login for archive. Make new sections, FEWER SECTIONS, then change permissions so that there is at least some public facing aspect of your forum. You can still require login for sections. This way, you can drive more traffic, get more impressions, and get more ad revenue. Put sane limits on avatars and signatures. Actually moderate the fucking forum for posts to keep threads on topic, instead of just for behavior. Do an account audit. Anything else? Oh yah, LIGHTEN UP! You'll never make it our of this world alive if you don't relax a little.