Obviously, you guys kind of crucified yourselves with the "dirty" comment. Gotta admit it rubbed me the wrong way, too.
I'd highly recommend SV Totem's blog about their time in PNG and Indonesia
. They worked hard to research
the safest places to go and had a fantastic time. Doesn't mean that you should go too, but it does give a different perspective.
And the rest of you folks who piled on so hard... Maybe we can be just a little extra nice to new folks until we get to know them? Otherwise we scare off all the new members and then its just the crusty old members left! :-)