The forums are not too bad now. You should have seen how it was after the big G Panda rolled out and when Hubpages changed to subdomain last year. So much negativity in the forums and many old-time hubbers left HP.
During my first few months, I seldom made comments in the forums. Hubpages is a good site with lots of wonderful friendly helpful hubbers. However, there are also a few mean, self-centered, egotistical, self-righteous, all-knowing... did I mention mean? people here. I had been slapped with sarcasm like "Thank you for your lack of knowledge, Rosie." I was too naive to know that as a newbie, I should keep my mouth shut, as I knew squat! LOL
I play in the Sandpit. Play with us there. The mean people very seldom play there... it's probably beneath them being all-knowing and all. :D
Welcome to Hubpages, rmcleve!