You've received a strange welcome to the board, but this is a strange time.
Many, including myself, are currently upset with some bizarre Market On Close activity in the last month, followed closely by a poison pill-type announcement from VG. The latest quarter announcement should be out soon, and all this negative stuff should be in the past.
I think you picked a good time to buy in. I picked up some more last week as well. You're quite right to disregard the chronic complainers and taunters-- every board has them. And you're also right about the need for patience. Better days to come.