I think thicker skin was called for. There were some issues discussed that I thought required rigorous scrutiny and debate from those equipped to do so; I had hoped for more scholarly engagement from Reverend Furuya on those issues.
As for the poetry thread, I'm sure some found it entertaining, if not informative. A few may have found it enlightening; there should be a place for that in Aikiweb. For my part, the thread says a little something about the personalities of the participants, which is a good thing.