I have to say that some of what you characterize as "personal attacks" is people responding in kind.
No John, it never transpires in that order. I'm always nice and I stick to the science. Others then insult me, and sometimes after I've had enough I insult them back. But more often I point out the weakness of their "arguments" which consist of Ethan sucks at the cello and ROTFLMAO and so forth. I understand it's a lot of effort to read entire threads to see who started it, but if you bothered to do that you'd see it's never me. Never.
Not really, as that tends to be self-defeating.
So you're fine with off-topic insults and personal attacks in a forum that aims to discuss high-end audio? Really?
There is a subset of Internet bullies who employ the "put it to a DBT" cry much as the sheep bleated "4 legs good, 2 legs bad" in "Animal Farm, ie, to drown out discussion.
I understand that you and others prefer for this stuff to be unknowable. Otherwise, fully half of all hi-fi products would be exposed for the BS they are. I've read all the arguments against DBT for audio, and I remain unconvinced. DBT is the gold standard for all science, and audio is no exception. The real problem is, as Buddha points out again and again, that golden ears turn to tarnished brass as soon as the name plates are hidden.
Good thing you're not the moderator then, Ethan. :-)
Good thing for who?