Thank you Jack for your reply, I couldn't agree more.
In fact I was about to make a comment regarding disposables but decided not to in fear of offending somebody.
I composed it but rescinded, however I kept a copy of it, so I will post it now.
If you want to build up your membership regardless whether it's a forum or a club, you must learn how to control your emotions. If you deem yourself an expert with many years of experience, you must control your criticism or you will lose members. Intimidation and the fear of not being accepted is what drives most beginners and novices away. It's that simple!
Having been a V.P. and a Judge of a koi club I know this well. Most new or novice members used to bring in koi that I (and several others) would normally throw away. This is what we call Junk Fish, or Ornamental koi, which is what you'll find at most luxury hotels with ponds, and ponds you see in Japanese style parks. The bottom line is that they are NOT 'Show Quality Nishikigoi', so these people are not even in the same ballpark as one would say.
But some members are so sensitive and intimidated that the mere insinuation that their koi is JUNK, and it's the last you'll see of them.
So, yes ... we're here to share and communicate, but not to intimidate! I'm sure that the intent of this Website is not only to share the joys of growing orchids but also to increase membership. If it comes down to just a few active members participating (as seems to be the case lately), then the membership seriously will go down and it might as well shut down. Or Bruce can start an Expert only corner where only they can congregate.
...and for those who deem themselves experts: Please bear in mind that YOU started out the same way as the newbies. How soon we forget!