I have to agree with the lead post on this thread sadly. It's a great site & I'm sure that I'm not alone in getting (& hopefully giving) some good advice.
Being a bloke in my 50's I understand a bit of the banter that goes on but at times it gets a bit personal. We all have opinions & experiences that may differ to others but sometimes it gets harsh and I've found myself reporting some stuff to the mods & I've found them very good.
Not everybody has deep pockets to buy the newest/latest stuff and I certainly wouldn't dismiss somebody that wanted to get started on the cheap end of the market. I've done it and traded up (in my opinion) based to some degree on what I've learnt on here.
There are some excellent threads. Some informative, some funny & some like the Gurnards that make me VERY envious and want to do more.
Let's concentrate on the good stuff.