The personal experiences were helpful to me when I finally got the nerve to check out an Xjws boards. I could not bring myself to read any of the doctrine threads for many years. I did not care to know anymore about jws than I already knew. Then it happened one day , I began slowly to read the doctrine threads. I now read the atheist's threads but often find my belief in a creator stronger after reading them. As a newbie the board was pretty overwhelming, but sticking to the personal stories made it easier. I could never have debated anyone in the doctrine threads-nor do I want to now.
I would never have taken a pamphlet from an apostate at the conventions and never read apostate literature. The literature that convinced me jws were wrong eventually was the Bible. I realized that if I just read my Bible and not with the aide of the wts literature, well, I came away with a different point of view. I had a few doctrine issues, 1975, ransom doctrine, change in baptismal vows, the use of theocratic warfare to just outright lie about anything or anyone.
Mostly it was the double standards in the wts that shook me loose. I do not think anyone on their own will ever "take down the wts". What could hurt them badly is money loss. Someone once told me the answer to most "but why" questions was "money". Follow the money.
"it's not the fall that hurts, it is that sudden stop"