There are a handful of massive threads that are totally daunting and I don't even know how to get started. I tried to read the rebirth thread and couldn't get past the first six pages of bickering - and I still don't know where to find the one little aspect of rebirth discussion that I'm interested in even though I was told on one of my postings "this has already been discussed, read the thread before posting". My suggestion is for these topics that are huge, instead of combining them into a single thread, how about we create a new board so that it can be broken into subtopics? I don't know, you probably considered this and have a reason for making is a single thread, but I tend to avoid long threads because I know at least half the posts are bickering and I won't be able to find the main, strong points of argument in the haystack of debate - at least not if I still want to have time to meditate.
For instance, rebirth seems like it could be broken into:
What the Buddha said about rebirth. - It seems this one could be short, and glued to the top of the board.
Personal experiences that validate rebirth.
Studies of rebirth, their strengths and weaknesses.
For those who do accept rebirth, how does it strengthen their practice?
For individuals that just can't accept rebirth, how does it affect practice?
For those that are on the fence, how does it affect practice?
I'm sure a similar breakdown could be made for the vegetarian debate, such as:
What the Buddha said about diet.
Health reasons for dietary decisions.
Ethical reasons for dietary decisions.
How dietary changes affect practice.
How to fit dietary changes into the real world.
Of course, you have to draw the line somewhere, but there are a few threads that are ridiculously long. I find the length of some of these important topics to be stifling. This is just a suggestion, and the outlines are just an off the cuff outline. If it's all rubbish, OK. I can live with that.
Another part of my motivation here is that I might not want to discuss vegetarianism in the dhammic free for all.
Disciples, this I declare to you: All conditioned things are subject to disintegration – strive on untiringly for your liberation.
Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.