"There are these two extremes that are not to be indulged in by one who has gone forth. Which two? That which is devoted to sensual pleasure with reference to sensual objects: base, vulgar, common, ignoble, unprofitable; and that which is devoted to self-affliction: painful, ignoble, unprofitable. Avoiding both of these extremes, the middle way realized by the Tathagata — producing vision, producing knowledge — leads to calm, to direct knowledge, to self-awakening, to Unbinding.
"And what is the middle way realized by the Tathagata that — producing vision, producing knowledge — leads to calm, to direct knowledge, to self-awakening, to Unbinding? Precisely this Noble Eightfold Path: right view, right resolve, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration. This is the middle way realized by the Tathagata that — producing vision, producing knowledge — leads to calm, to direct knowledge, to self-awakening, to Unbinding.http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
It is always interesting to me that hundreds of pages of posts in many, many online Buddhist threads miss relating this very passage, which precisely describes what Buddha meant by The Middle Way. Seems like Buddhism 101, but perhaps it is the nature of the online Buddhist forum which promotes conversation first rather than study first. Imagine what colleges would be like if students did what we do here rather than studying, listening to lectures, asking questions, and then engaging in conversation.
There is a saying in twelve step recovery groups for newcomers and the terminally clueless, who haven't quite grasped what brought them there in the first place.: "Take the cotton out of your ears and stuff it into your mouth." Which says two things: "Listen and read. You might learn something." ...and.."You have no rationalizations and misconceptions to offer, which everyone else here hasn't heard multiple times already."
Then there is the online Buddhist who read a book once, attended a lecture, or had a thought once and instantly become teachers, the self-ordained and self proclaimed experts and gurus. In college this is known as being sophomoric. Those who do/did this are/were called "sopho-morons", usually by Freshmen.
The same thing happens on online forums constantly.
The online style which I personally most admire and appreciate, is the style of citing what suttas record as to Buddha's precise words in his teachings, including links for further study, just as you have done.