Not sure how it should be handled, but I was somehow getting gak on in a thread i wasn't participating. .
The reason for that was explained to you in the thread, if somewhat more bluntly than would be ideal. You started the thread, it came across as somewhat confrontational, and people took exception to that perceived attitude.
If your posts are being received negatively, you can choose to assume that the problem is with everyone else, or you can take a look at the way you are posting and try to use a less confrontational tone. One of those approaches will result in a more positive experience. The other will not.