That’s where you’re wrong, licht. Who said that a “semi-private” forum would necessarily be a pro-Dr. Nigam forum?
The way I imagine it, any and all doctors and research scientists could enter the forum, discuss their research and express their views.
If Dr. A, for instance, found deficiencies in Dr. B’s research or clinical practice, or medical ethics, he or she could point them out.
This would NOT be a pro-Nigam forum, a pro-Gho forum, or a pro-anyone forum, it would be a forum of respect for all researchers, but above all, open and honest, high-quality and constructive discussions.
The key is that all who enter would have to promise, beforehand, that they will respect all doctors and all posters, and not engage in hysterical accusations, libel, unfounded or casual allegations, or ad hominem attacks.
A lot of people here may be afraid of this idea because they have an agenda to disrupt the forum.
There are people who visit and post here who, I believe, have a clear agenda to destroy the debate here on HairSite. This could be for a lot of reasons: some people likely represent competing websites, some have a personal vendetta against particular doctors like Nigam (possibly because some of these disruptors either are friends or employees of his direct competitors, or are his competitors themselves, i.e., other HT doctors, operating here under various disguises. But of course they may be people who are legitimately disappointed with a doctor’s work, as we have seen. Still, I would argue that there is no justification to then turn around and try to get revenge, by personally attacking that doctor here on the forum. It is DISRUPTIVE and counter-productive. That doctor still has a medical license, is still in practice, and just because you are disappointed doesn’t mean he should be driven away from the website by a hysterical lynch mob, most of whom weren’t even treated by the doctor.) Others are just people who are angry and destructive nobodies, bitter people who, because they can’t have hair, and have lived with this anger and personal conflict for so long, are seriously emotionally disturbed and just want to lash out and thrash around and attack and destroy any constructive discussion about new developments in hair loss research.
Whoever these people really are – and I’m sure it’s a combination of all of the above at various times – we cannot succumb to them and let them call the shots here. We have to aspire to better.
I think that with a civil, semi-private forum open to ALL doctors and scientists who want to present their hair loss research, the value of the discussion and the experimentation itself will be uplifted and in the long-term, it will be a popular forum that will attract a lot of visitors and deliver a high-quality product!
And anyone who wants to engage in personal attacks or unfounded allegations can be ejected immediately.