Here is the basic problem IMO. Tesla is disrupting the energy and automotive business at multiple levels. It is also the most highly shorted stock on the U.S. markets, and short sellers are well-known for "short and distort" strategies -- basically negative PR campaigns designed to drive down the value of the stock. Although TMC is "an independent enthusiast organization," there are a large number of "members" who don't own a Tesla and have no interest in a Tesla. Some are here to promote the interests of short sellers or other car companies (most notably GM and some German brands). Others may be affiliated with parts suppliers, oil companies, car dealers and others who are threatened by Tesla. Tesla is turning some of the most powerful industries in the world upside down, and as those industries and individuals dependent on them feel more and more threatened, they are going to fight back, including through social media shenanigans. When these people come to this independent Tesla "enthusiast organization" it is no surprise that they have little interest in building the community or treating other members with respect. They certainly have no interest in offering anything positive about Tesla. Instead, they are here to relentlessly post negative information with little or no regard for the community or other members. IMO, it is no accident that the tone in the forum went downhill around the time of the Model 3 reveal, and that another uptick in negative posters coincided with the recent Model 3 handover event. The Tesla moderators on reddit also noted and commented publicly at a sudden rash of new members along with a sudden increase in negative posts around the time of the handover event. While there are a fair number of disgruntled or angry owners on TMC who have experienced problems with their cars or disagree with management decisions, that would be more manageable if not for people who don't own a Tesla, have no genuine interest in one or are here simply here to smear Tesla. And IMO after Model 3 deliveries start ramping up it is likely to get even worse if something isn't done about it.