There's quite a few points that have been made here and many of which I agree with, some of which I don't. I do agree that there is a bit of thin skin at times and people view attacks on a fragrance as a personal attack. However, you're dealing with people here who have a major passion for fragrance, this is going to be a byproduct of dealing with the interests here. People here are so into it that I can understand why people get upset. That's not to say I agree with it, in fact I think that people sometimes need to take a step back and realize that attacking a scent is not an attack on a person. This isn't really all that different from a music board, or a sports board, or any other discussion group that is focused around a group that borders on fanatical on any topic. Passion about a topic will lead to a passionate defense. Scents are a very important part of all of our lives. As a consequence, it's easy to view a scent as an extension of ourselves and will lead to a more intense defense of something that the wearer adores. While I don't think it's ideal, it's a reality of the climate we deal with.
There is however the whole arguement that makes me crazy that people here are solely motivated by snob appeal. Don't get me wrong, this does happen at times. However, while I do agree that can happen and cause people to give longer looks to fragrances that otherwise would have been cast aside, I also feel it's insulting to numerous people to imply that someone is solely motivated by pricetags and exclusivity. A scent can speak for itself and this argument will angry up the blood as it is no longer a criticism of a scent, but a criticism of the wearer, their motivation and an implication that they're driven solely by elitism. When it comes to this argument, this is where the overrated concept, which is not a personal criticism but an opinion on your views of a scent (and not the wearer), can lean on the side of a personal insult and will be replied to more harshly. Here's where lemming implication will rub someone the wrong way. Implying that the sole, or at least primary reason, someone likes a scent is due to elitism is a personal attack and I can't view it any other way. I can't fault people who view criticism like this as insulting to them, as I view it that way. It's not a matter of the the emperor wearing no clothes, it's a matter of someone making blanket generalizations about someone's motivations. That's where I feel the line is drawn and where conflict can begin.
Quite the spirited and interesting conversation here though