This is a forum foe discussion and it is not one of the many 'back-slapping', 'hugs and kisses' or 'sweetness and light in a bad, bad world' forums that abound. It is also a good thing that there are so many differing points of view rather than a single forum where everyone agrees.
You could call it the real world. Linux is free and if you cannot even give away an operating system for home use, then you cannot even remotely call it viable.
A moderator can call the reins in if things get out of hand or too personal but coming back to the real world, he can also have a point of view. Personally I would not get the least bit worried if someone did not like XP or called me a long-haired hippy, if I did I would be seeing the quack for hyoer-sensitivity...in the real world there are much more important things to get uptight about such as the price of beer.
Thankfully this is a forum where there is a wide range of views, there are plenty of 'pat on the back' forums and if you want I can supply you with a cringe-worthy list.