I think it's good Inquiry Man not to go to extremes and say that EVERYTHING associated with a Witness is EVIL or rotten to the core. Of course, some do express this sentiment and that's because they truly feel this way. But, I think any extreme is counterproductive.
How Can We Help Lurkers???
Inquiryman, why do you think people will be put off because of various viewpoints being tolerated? Is that not why some people come here, to look at various viewpoints they can't hear from other places (Like in the congregation), take these on board and make their own mind up. People do have a lot of different viewpoints, its part of not being under mind control.
My two cents worth, We keep the board up and running (which mens the occasional chip thrown to Simon to help defray costs), by being honest when we state opinion verses fact (at least in regards to WTS stuff) and be through in our research, and tolerating divergent opinions.