As a newcomer, I have to agree with the OP.
Reading through some of the threads had me shaking my head at some of the inane comments and strawman arguments that some people were spouting, for no apparent reason. They certainly didn't add to the discussion in any way that I could see. In the end, it just exposed those people's ignorance of the goals for the project, and their inability to accept that their arguments were (and are still) irrelevant at this stage of the project, even if those arguments had a valid point (which many don't).
I don't think there's much fanboi preciousness anywhere here, at least from what I've seen so far. I personally love the fact that such an eclectic range of people are so enthusiastic about the potential for this little gizmo (and I'm one of them!), but implying that this makes them/us one-eyed fans, unable to cope with criticism, is just inane.
There's a big difference between raising valid arguments about things that could be changed, or pointing out practical shortcomings that will affect a majority of the target users, and simply repeating personal judgements about what they consider a computer should do regardless of the parameters that define this particular project.
I find the comparisons between the RPi and various tablets particularly inane, and especially at this stage of production. That seems to me to be simply a reverse fanboi perspective (talk about psychological projection!). The RPi isn't a tablet. It's not going to be a tablet. It wasn't designed to be a tablet. A tablet is a different paradigm altogether, and there are already enough crappy tablets out there to make that point moot in the first place. So why keep comparing the RPi to a tablet? Why keep complaining that the RPi doesn't work the way a tablet works? Why keep pointing out that tablets do things differently? We all know that. We've all read (and hopefully understood) the reasons why the RPi was designed the way it is, so why keep on trying to tell people here that tablets are a better solution for educating youngsters? In terms of the key reasons behind this project, they aren't. Period.
Unfortunately, some people seem to then take the argument out of reality altogether. I recall seeing some to-and-fro about third world usage of computers, and the gist of the argument was that since the RPi wasn't a tablet, and it needed a display of some kind, then poor kids in Yemen would be left behind by the Foundation because they couldn't afford televisions. (I may be brutally paraphrasing here, but that's pretty much what it boiled down to). I mean - come on! Strawman arguments don't help to improve the RPi, they just take up space on the server.
I do like the idea that we can make suggestions (based on real ideas about shortcomings or improvements) that may then be incorporated into future iterations of the RPi. There are threads dedicated to just that, and I'm about to delve into those to see what other folks are thinking about right now that might improve the RPi later on.
But I will be avoiding tablet comparisons from now on - permanently.
I can't believe the potential for this device: from simple multimedia to OS programming to who-knows-what, it's all there, sitting quietly, waiting to be unleashed. I can't wait to see how this develops. And I want one NOW!