Just now seeing this.
I think the important thing is that people that like this site think it is very open and friendly. Some have said that it is finally refreshing to have a place to talk about this stuff without all the hate and all the trolls. In the meantime, when the haters and trolls come through, they hate this place. To them it is censored to the point that it is unusable.
I just found out yesterday that the PRI forums have gone under. I remember when I first posted to PRI, the vibe I got was "as an american, you are too stupid to appreciate permaculture, so bugger off cunt." The policy at PRI was to be rather permissive - so that sort of "expression" was allowed. But I really wanted a place to talk about the things I wanted to talk about in a way that I wanted to talk. So that was one of the many reasons I created these forums.
So this place is for one style. PRI is for another style. Mysteriously, these forums have grown massive.
I wouldn't be able to do it without the 40-or-so people that help manage it. And they do such a wonderful job of managing it, it seems that this issue got entirely resolved while I was off working on other things. Good job R!