It is using such inflammatory phrases as "idiotic topics" that deters people from bothering to post their ideas and methods.
I know of five very successful [they have an edge] yet quite radical approaches that have been quietly developed by individuals or small, collaborative groups working well away from forums.
They shun publicity.
Because they have learned either through personal experience, or by observing the fate of others who have posted to forums, that it's often the poster who is unpleasantly attacked and criticised, rather than the idea they are proposing.
No wonder few people are game to use forums such as this to discuss their ideas.
All credit to the brave ones that do.
I started to write something and then erased knowing full well---it would be used against me rather than any discussion or comments that might just be useful or constructive. (earlier in this thread, and quoted the O.P., that is the reason my initial response was left blank). I know 99.99.9% the author of this thread was directing most of his 'joke' comments towards me because he has some on my Blog numerous times and chastised and commented against my attempts at humor as well as writing. Esoito, you are 100% correct in the way you summarize what you did.
What floors me, if you as a reader (all supposedly so great and profitable gamblers) do not enjoy--like--find useful, etc., anyone on this forum, why repeatedly come on their threads and berate-chastise and attempt humiliation. Isn't their time precious and valuable?
The analogy of going to the library, getting a book, reading it and then complaining about the waste of time. Could have at any time put it down, gave up on it and put your time to great use doing something else or learning/being entertained from another author. I don't know about you guys, but i like Stephen Lee Burke. I buy anything he writes, read it and save it. Say something comes out by Stephen King, I have started to read numerous works by him and get literally lost and bored in the story, put it down and never finished it. Now, I have to check the whole book out before the blind purchase of it. As far as Clive Cussler, I am not interested. No need to buy or borrow anything by him. I don't enjoy his style. Why waste my time?
So many on here 'assume', 'blame', find fault with and anything and everything in between those with posters that decide to invest their own time in posting. IMO, if you don't like it, enjoy it, find it useful---skip it. The interaction of berating, reading another's written work and then beating up on them---is the same as a pedophile that preys on little kids, in so many ways.
God bless and for what seems to be universal code on here for some reason, 'cheers'.