I'm a little disappointed, and I'll tell you why.
I've been visiting this forum for over a year and a half. IMHO, the training/nutrition forum used to be a great place for both the experienced to share their knowledge and the newbie to acquire it.
That is changing...and changing for the worse.
I can only shake my head when I see a newbie post some question about training and nutrition and the only responses coming forth is a series of flames and wise cracks such as "Read the damn back issues".
If you are so fortunate as to have the knowledge and experience that another does not, it is good for both the sport and you (not to mention Biotest itself) for you to share that knowledge. I don't give a rat's ass if it's something you've said a zillion times before...that's what a teacher does. And the most experinced in this forum are indeed those teachers.
If you have the time to post at all, why not be constructive?
If YOU were a newbie and posted a question and got flamed and made to feel stupid, would YOU come back? What would your impression of Biotest be? What would be your impression of the types of people who participate in this sport? Think about it.
I'm not saying that referring someone to a past article isn't helpful. Of course it is. But people (especially newbies) can feel quite motivated if an elder statesman or woman takes the time and helps out on a more personal basis. If you have the time to talk smack, you certainly have the time to be constructive.
I've seen these forums become very clique oriented, and that's to NO ONE's benefit. Biotest runs these forums, I'm sure, in the hopes that it will generate new business. And, as we all know, this website ain't cheap.
It's a consideration we all ought to have before flaming a newbie right into the hands of a different company or right out of the sport.
I know that NOT EVERYONE DOES THIS, nor do I mean to imply that to be the case. However, I've seen enough of it in the last 6 months to cause concern.