Carmen, I too prefer open & transparent. I frankly enjoy wide open boards. There have been threads on this board that were nothing more than an extended breeder bash fest despite the 'rules' against breeder bashing. I suspect that I (or the breeder if she knew) could have had em pulled they were *that* egregious, but I never tried b/c I believe a good breeder should be able to take the heat, whether 'deserved' or not. It goes with the territory.
Wide open, Wild West styled boards, often provide insight into people acting their worst, which can be helpful. This board has elected to do it differently which has advantages as well as disadvantages. In my experience, wide open boards have at least an many lying, conniving hypocrites working an agenda behind the scenes as more heavily moderated boards. PMs exist on those boards, too, & are used at least as extensively, often to nefarious purposes. A useful exchange of information & ideas can be tough when a board devolves into who SCREAMS the most & the loudest. Those aren't necessarily the ones most worth listening to & yet it can be hard to 'hear' others over their racket.