In a way, there are two audiences of these forums.
the primary audience is the people who come here every day and talk about stuff.
the secondary audience is the people who are looking stuff up via search engines and are learning about an aspect of permaculture months after the conversation took place. This could also include people who lurk in the forums and never say anything.
In my decisions, I try to be respectful of both audiences. Another thing to keep in mind is that the second audience is often 100 times bigger than the primary audience. And while far bigger, they are utterly silent.
I guess a big part of what I'm thinking is that as people from the second audience read it, I want them to read about how there might be disagreement about some things. But I don't want to have them read about somebody saying "that is patently false" or "THIS is the only way!" (and it isn't) or about semantics or about how mainstream permaculture is or is not. I want the whole thread to be on topic and an enjoyable read.
I like to think that 500,000 people are eventually going to read that thread. All of it. And they will walk away with a greater respect for permaculture and a desire to learn more.