It's not the skills, its the messianic tones post most everyone has issues with.
I hear ya. No one likes feeling they're being preached at. But, sometimes people are just better able to communicate their passions and beliefs pleasantly in person, and amicably make their points on the mats or over beers, than in one-dimensional Internet forums. It's a tough medium.
P.S. Hi Robert. Still doing the holiday house-swapping? Coming back to New England again?