You are correct to a certain point. Yes.
However, there are various kinds of forums on today's internet.
1) A for pay only entrance type of site, meaning a closed and private site that 'is what it is' in the realism of those words. BTC would be an example of that;
2) Then there are the very large free for all with 30 to 50 active rooms/departments going on in all directions, such as: VMB and WOV as well as numerous other ones of smaller membership. Bear in mind, most all the content is consumerish (IMO and reality) of course others might and will challenge that last statement I am sure;
3) Then there are a few small specialized ones, such as our here, BetSelection. The theory was no advertising, members police themselves, more technical and BLOGS from its members and a few other casino related rooms/areas.
For sake of space and clarity, I will limited by outline to those 3 areas above. Myself, I have been around casinos and gambling for 35 years or so and have countless family members employed within the casino industry in Atlantic City, Las Vegas and the Midwest Region of the USA.
I don't know everything about gaming, but I will boast and I will state I know a heck of a lot, let's just say more than many and not as much as everyone. I found a home here on BetSelection and have left a couple of times, caused problems to defend my point/feelings, etc. I was on VMB and WOV for a few years a while back, but nothing except drama, consumerish stuff and lots of sheer ego and chest pumping with whom is best liked or most hated, IMO and in 90%-98% reality.
As far as the small town relation you outlined, I live in the Midwest at the moment and in an extremely small town and I have spent decades in New York City/Metro New Jersey before. Both have pros and cons as far as sharing, advantages and different societal communities. Some find New York City friendlier and more quaint then a rural Midwest town of say 1,000 people with all those little business in its downtown section. Some would say just the opposite as well. IMO, there is no winner, it is just preference.
As far as the board here, IMO once again, I believe we have a great board with the premises, smaller is better without all the gibberish and drama and worthless advertising. We had lots more traffic but it was among about 5 or 6 people with an exclusive circle of about 10 or so members that attempted to rule, over take and control the board with one-liners, strong handed acceptance tactics, double talk and if it is not my way I will tell everyone to leave, etc., type of postings. If you want those people, to the best of my knowledge they are all over at a forum called Gamblersforum, the small group was banned from here but recently almost all of them were allowed back, some post and some do not.
I believe I attempted to really accomplish what you might have in mind regarding roulette play at B&M casinos, but for the game of baccarat.
Myself, I truly do welcome all types form all walks of life. But I subscribe to that Barnes and Noble Bookstore mentality for the shopper. Which is, browse, read and enjoy. But, if you don't like something, set it down, move on and as you would in Barnes and Noble, no need to write, post and bother that author relentlessly and make your point over his, as no one made you pick up and read his book, waste your time and waste your money. Same here. Just other places that last scenario is what they really live each day to do, enter the ring, chastise, humiliate, call names and attempt to keep the circle of friends tight and the outsiders wishing to get in.
However, if you do have a great cherry pie and are looking to share it, maybe you would like to get some of a super fantastic peach pie or a KimChi-Bulgogi knock your socks off pizza or perhaps a mouth watering special PHO soup with some killer meatball stuffed fresh spring rolls???