Well, all communities are subject to mutual influence and the possibility of inching toward groupthink, and I’m not sure CF is so wholly immune to such a thing, but I hear you and take your point.I think it may be because, at least in my humble opinion, CF does tend to be more critical and/or not follow enormous trends in the community as you may see with other websites. As we are UK based and thoughts and opinions aren't controlled or directed by Leadership, as you can see with some communities, you tend to see a wider array of thoughts. You also have a huge chunk of people here, especially the "louder" ones, who have been on a large number of rides.
Now specifically zeroing in on myself, I've been on a large number of RMC's and as I noted, pacing tends to be something I'm heavily critical of. Now, as we've seen in this thread, I'm the outlier in most cases, but as I'm "respected" you could say and I've been around a hot minute, some folks may take my opinion higher then others.
Now that's all my opinion and may be completely off base of what some other people think and feel around here, but just my random snap take on your feelings of CF and it's members against other communities out there. That being said, those feelings are the reason I've stayed around for so long as the opinions and tastes are so wide and varied, it makes for very good and interesting discussions.