Time for me to chime in.
The over 35 forum was the best TRT board that I had found. I think the reason is that many of the participants have BB knowledge of hormones, diet and training - dedication and discipline.
“Outsiders” learn from the BB veterans and some outsiders bring in fresh perspectives and knowledge. It was a great synergy. There were many hardcore BB guys who came over and contributed to the TRT threads because they are inherently interested in such things.
While many of the BB guys are well informed about gear, they want to know more about how various hormone systems work. The TRT guys are motivated to understand this and as we help each other out, there is a lot of good discussion going on.
As the expression goes, you don’t know what you have 'til its [gone|broken]. When hormones stop, there is a real need to understand how things work and how to fix or replace things as needed. Sometimes TRT does not work right and guys need help with what they are doing or need to to be encourage to find a Doctor who knows how to do things right.
And I have been contacted a few times by young guys who have had botched cycles/PCT and were seeking help from the older guys who might be able to help them out.
The older TRT guys learned from the BB guys and the other way around. This board has many good qualities that benefit all. It is adult and mature. Something that is hard to find on the web. We all get tired of sites that look and feel like they were designed for kiddies. Above all, there was a critical mass of guys willing and able to help each other.
There is a question of whether TRT belongs on this site. There are BB guys here, who now post mostly on the steroids forum, that find that their T levels have crashed. Do they need to go someplace else for a good forum environment? Yes, they can post on the steroid forum, but there is not the same critical mass to sustain activity. the over 35 forum worked.
Many young guys seeking understanding of gear also read the TRT postings as these offer a different perspective on how hormones work and can be used. This can be important as an alternative to the BB posts that promote the value of 500mg/wk.
And there were many aspects of the over 35 forum that were not TRT related that dealt with the problems of older lifters, changing dietary requirements, injury, healing and recovery. They all felt comfortable posting about their problems and experiences there; where they might feel out of place posting on the BB forum about their aging bodies.
Yes this site is a business or it would not be here at all. Many of the older guys who are not on gear or TRT are looking for supplements to increase their T levels. They are an important market segment. They are a richer group, from a marketing perspective, for such supplements than the hard core body builders who are on gear, not T boosting supplements.