The forum goes through changes over the years and now we have a bunch of newer people (who I suspect are young).
So, the "feel" of the forum is going to reflect that. But things change.
Years ago, when I was a lurker, the board was frequented by real pro-JW heavies who felt they were "real experts" and there was a hostile feel to everything. You might have retreated into your shell rather than engage them in "dialog".
Their posts sounded to me like pure invective!
Things are much more friendly and today this is a welcome (rather than forbidding) place where people can discuss their bad experiences in this SHAM of a religion.