I like the branchers out as a group, including the ones I disagree-in-part- or-entirely with.
As Robert predicted, some of us early a2kers are now going ahead and thumbing down threads we know we don't want to read, not worrying about if the thread poster will be crushed and humiliated - just as usual, as we did before (although lots of people ignore thumbs too, and some were probably doing that already). Thus, some philos may feel bashed.
On the other hand, I am not thumbing down philo threads I think I will learn a lot from - those who mention certain philosophers, or subjects like materialism and epistemology. (Well, I did one that mentioned Kierkegaard, but just thumbed it up again. Not that that matters.)