I'm wary of reopening the same old debate TBH, Stray. The principles Vs electability thing has been done here time after time. My main protagonist on that issue here, HandOfDave is well aware of my views, as I am of his, and I think we respect each others opinion.
As far as the bigger issue of This Forum is concerned, well to me it's a haven. It's nice to have support for my beliefs, instead of just being shouted down. It's a repository of well written and eloquant ideas, and they're not so hard to dig out from the pile of steaming shit that passes for argument on most forums I've visited. It's something that has forced me to admit that I couldn't support my point of view on everything I believed, and in some cases, I've had to change what I think. And that's precisely because of the work that people here have put into this board.