Hi Lurker. I believe that the" heated topics" part of the forum did cause posters to lose control. However, the section on horse racing had its share of nastiness.
Deleting the section " Heated Topics" will not eliminate vitriolic posts. The way to eliminate these posts, is to eliminate the posters who are the cause of the problem. A person who insults will insult in any section of a forum.
" It is better to let people think of you as a fool, than to post on this message board and remove all doubt"