You have it exactly right sirtuttle! I found the same thing on Audioholics, though not as rabbid as avsforum. I decided to do a little experiment. Rather than riding to the bait (as I did initially), or giving up, I kept responding with links to the soundstage NRC measurements Toole's research and known A\B comparisons posted on the site.
It seems that people gradually respond in kind. Things have settled down a lot at audioholics. I'm not claiming I did this single handed as there were, and still are, others there that take this approach, but it is interesting people respond to the tone and language of a post. People still respond that they don't like the upper end of Axiom products, but the language has changed from "ear bleeding" to "I don't like".
Blujays1: Spending Fred's money one bottle at a time, no two... Oh crap!