There is a small number of some breeders, moderators and old timers who determine who are reputable breeders or not. What the standards (Jax) should be and a there are anumber of people who been drinking the cool aid. Oh yeah, can't forget the sport crowd.
I'm not paranoid, I don't think it's a plot. It is just a group of people who think the same way and control some of these topics.
Debates are good as long as folks are semi civil and listen to each other.
What, people who say that breeding soft, oversized, watered down is bad? I read all of the breeder threads, and the breeders that are always bashed are those breeders.
That's not a group of people on the forum determining that those things are bad... people here and their attitudes are a reflection of the current culture of the breed. The people who compete regularly have a much better finger on the pulse of that. The people who have their dogs judged regularly, etc. The people who invest so much time and energy into this breed are always going to be it's staunchest defenders against an onslaught of crappy breeders breeding "pets" (and I use the quotation marks, because "pets" are what people here don't like.... PETS are what everyone here has).
You're not going to get much of a positive response when you come onto a forum dedicated to a specific breed (with a pretty specific set of standards.... yeah, there's some room for interpretation, but there's really a core idea of what the breed is supposed to be), and tout people who take shortcuts, who produce dogs that take us farther and farther away from what we all supposedly fell in love with in the first place.
On the TB forums, BYB's are universally hated. People talking about breeding for color, that sort of thing... it's not well received. It's pretty universal.
Yeah, there's political stuff on this forum ("not a level playing field") but it has a lot less to do with what you do with your dogs and a lot more to do with your attitude (again... not "YOU"....)... and old-time grudges do carry over, but those had nothing to do with who is a pet owner vs sport, etc.