To me this is all ridiculous. Yes, some of the threads that get started are in the “wrong” place. The free market, as it were, can take care of that by simply posting a standard (perhaps agreed upon) response. For example:
“Thanks for your post. Unfortunately, this is a bodybuilding discussion forum and since your post does not relate to that sport, we respectfully ask you to either (a) change your question so it relates to bodybuilding or (b) leave the forum. Please do not take this personally, but following the foregoing instructions will prevent the waste of your time as well as ours.”
And then no one posts.
I for one found some of the chest thumping “we are hardcore” bullshit to be as annoying as the clueless kids who posted. I understand their frustration, but how hard is it to just ignore what you don’t like and discuss what you do. It’s the fucking internet.
I also find the whole T-Cell thing to be off-putting. Not to be offensive to anyone in particular, but the whole things definitely smacks of douchbaggery- all of the self-appointed cool kids started their own sandbox–it’s like high school or something. I have been a member here quite a while, but because I prefer to read/listen and rarely post, I’m excluded from picking the peoples’ brains whose opinions I respect because I haven’t been invited to sit at their lunch table. Again, I don’t mean that to be offensive to anyone but that’s how it comes across.
That’s why I started this thread. Since many of the posters still come here to interact with those not in the Cell, it allows us to pick the brains we want to pick.
I’m similar to you in regards to not being a prolific poster. I’ve been a member for about a year and a half (not long by some members standards) and only have a little over 400 posts. I do a lot of reading threads, but many don’t really need my input for input’s sake.
It’s easy to look at the T-Cell as the cool kid’s sandbox, but I really don’t think it’s the case. I actually think it’s gonna help THIS forum in the long run. I have already seen people stating they don’t know much, or they won’t try to give advice. This is definitely a new phenomenon here as it seems posters are being more conscious of what the write or prescribe to others here knowing it might be watched by someone who could invite them.
So the accountability at the T-Cell is starting to carry over tho this forum for a few reasons. I think it’s a good thing.