Yes, some people may have 3rd grade level comments and like to start trouble, but I haven’t been affected by that. Such comments have not been my experience in these groups. On the contrary, I’ve found them very helpful.
I have also started my own group ~ Authors and Readers of Romance ~ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Authorsandreadersofromance and I like being the group moderator because I can remove someone from the group for not playing nicely.
I think the key is to find the right group to belong to. If you find a group of people who play nicely together and don’t start fights, then your experience in networking together can be great and well worth the time and effort you invest.
At my yahoo group, we want to create an online community where authors and readers of romance novels can communicate and learn from each other. I’d love for the readers to feel just as important as the authors ~ because without readers, authors would not have a job.
What's your opinion on online forums and groups?