I've been on lots of other forums too, to do with growing, preserving, crafts, wine and beer making, even dog grooming. It seems as if people don't really want to share their skills, or have no time to explain the basics to 'newbies'. Lots of discussion between experienced members, but it seems you must have some basic knowledge to be accepted, or to understand the jargon. NOT at all like this forum, who love to share, help and educate The biggest problem with this forum is that gardening can take a huge amount of time in it's simplest forms. Then you get on here, it takes up more hours of your time as it is so interesting, THEN it makes your gardening take longer still as you see all of these new ideas, plants you want, etc, so you get back on the forum for help or clarification, see something else etc etc etc!
Any form of gardening is addictive. This site and it's people make it doubly so! Down to earth is a saying that can be applied literally and figuratively. Long may it last, although it could be easy to run out of hours in a day!