2) While there is always rivalries between similar sites, I have never personally read any bashing or criticism of this site, or any other forum.
Glenn will not allow even the URL from another forum (like this one) to appear on his website. Further, Glenn will not allow the URL from any vendor to which he disapproves to appear on .net. In both these cases (other websites, vendors Glenn dislikes), the URLs automatically appear as xxxxxxxxx
in post text.
If Glenn doesn't "get rich" off his website (I imagine advertisers pay good money), wonder where his money comes from; does he have a day job? Expenses may be minimal, at least, with perhaps free room, board, and laundry at his parents' house.
Certainly, anyone's free to contribute to Glenn's cause; however--I view the website (.net) as a commercial interest whose purpose is to turn a profit for Glenn's benefit. Nothing wrong with that; I think it's called, "free enterprise." Charity contributions can be directed to .net, to enrich Glenn, or alternatively to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, etc., etc. Donors' choices.
DISCLAIMER: Nothing justifies a cyber attack disrupting the KLR forum, ".net."