There sure is and has been a bunch of rancor lately and a lot of pissing and moaning about "other" people.
Whether it be hobbyists complaining about snobby professionals, or professionals yakking about incompetent hobbyists, or
Old genies griping about the lack of skills of younger aficionados, or younger folks protesting about old folks looking down on them and excluding them, or
Name calling in forums and commenting boards, or
People grousing about the celebrities chosen for WDYTYA, or
The increasingly nauseating discussion of "Are you a genealogist or a family historian?", or
The ongoing grumbling about large genealogy vendors actually changing "their" software, or...
.....Well you get the picture.
The bottom line is that searching for one's family history, whether for fun or for profit, is a heck of alot better than picking strawberries for 10 hours in 100 degree heat.
And humans will always find something to bitch about. But the public bickering does not befit the many fine folks I have met in this vast community of "searchers."
It is not for me to say "tone it down" and while some have stated that we need to have a "discussion" about all of this. I don't agree that we need a discussion. What we need is a truce, hiatus or even a return to the Golden Rule.
Whether it be vocation or avocation - do you know how lucky we are to spend this much time on finding our family? What a blessing.
So go do some research. Find a new ancestor, birth date, or artifact. That'll cheer you up.