The other large factor is that we have a subscriber based membership and business plan. Keeps the trolls out.
For the people, of the people and by the people => the planted hobbyists.
No one else.
I've locked 2 threads and rapidly banned two people who knew they'd be banned if they came here. Otherwise, this place is amazingly peaceful.
Something many do not think of me as in the least ironically.
Fine with me, I like peace, good discussion, information etc.
I just do not put up with personal attacks and ....... I slap back, many folks don't.
I don't take it personal though.
Waste of time.
I think there are many expert folks on this list also. Very clever.
While some might be great at all the genera, no one really is, we all make a nice cohesive group.
No one person is going to be able to master all the methods, or all the styles of music say, but you can and should appreciate them and try them out and practice enough to master them.
I've tried hard to succeed at as many ,methods as I can come up with.
Same old thing is boring to me
So I seek new things and learn new things.
Sometimes about old subjects,m sometimes something novel.
I have always considered myself a student, not a master or an authority figure.
"The more I know, the more I realize the less I know" is a saying that is often said.
Other folks might said I'm this or someone else is that, but I do not have any right to suggest my authority is trumping anyone or use it to lord over others without support.
I've met some plant folks like that recently.
Amazed me, they wanted to get into a pee contest with me.
Who have more experience blah blah.........
You learn by doing and making mistakes and not repeating them
So ultimately you base you opinion and efforts on what is really the sound advice that's honest and straight, you prove it your self.
You do not have prove anything to someone else.
Nor should you.
I basically say this is what I did, how I did it, here's the support, here's my conclusions etc.
I do not want you to believe me, I want you to prove these things to yourself!
Then you'll know, you'll have the tools, you no longer need someone to help you, you can now help yourself and help others.
All I do is guide.
Say where I went wrong and how I figured a way around it.
When folks do not detail out such methods, and keep avoiding addressing those, I get pretty suspicious and rightly so. If you have done the methods and test, you know the pitfalls, you know how and what went wrong.
If not, you are guessing and trying to use semantics to support your argument and belief.
It's a thin veil and to myself, I feel it would be dishonest if I did any of that.
Of course you have to passionate enough to test and use the methods and stick with it until you have a success, not just try a few times in failure and accept that method is bad etc.
Success and being clever enough to find a way to achieve that is neat goal.
We all fail, we do not all succeed
So we should base the criteria on successes, not mere failures.
Something works, let's see why, how and pick it apart.
Then by doing so, we can understand it much better and reduce the failures.
But you have to accept that something works to begin with.
Example excess PO4 does not => algae.
Then you test it and find that it's true.
But if you have algae and issues already, that's hardly any control or standard for success to base a conclusion on, you had confounding factors before the test.
Most aquarists have those confounding factors and it makes life hard and them very suspicious and confused as to who to believe.
A beginner does not KNOW, they can only guess and believe.
So I'd rather help them know!
It's a longer path though but you learn a lot more and it works really well.