I've been around the forums for quite some time. I havn't posted a lot but browsed around more than my fair share. I've seen some posts where people are rude, but generally people here are very nice. I've had multiple conversations held with private messages with some members that were more than happy to help me one on one. I enjoy the community here, maybe there are just a few bad apples that spoil it for everyone?
Just go by the old saying "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it at all!"
-EDIT: I think we should make a pact or a treaty to be nicer to forum noobs! hail the noobs!