think it's time to speak my mind, altough i have to admit, that i'm new here and have no authority in terms of forum ownership.
however, i would like to point out to all noobs and mods and admins alike that there is a growing number of newbies abound here and a lot of them are intimidated by the sheer size of the older group, as well as the high-end EQ they use.
the aim of the forum, i believe is to introduce beginning photographers to the hobby and allow them to mix n interact with more-experienced photogs in order to learn and experience. what's the point then, when the new ones appear and say "woah,what a big clique. do i even belong here" and then exits out of the scene, never to be seen again.
the question i would like to ask is emphasis. Are the mods n admin's emphasis on this forum just plainly to be an online thing,where people post their own pictures? or this forum as a medium to "community development" for all photogs new or old alike?
i suggest that, with the growing popularity and maturity of this forum, the mods n admin should consider where this is headed. i hear of mr. adam goi talking about this forum having too much photography equipment, and not enough photography. and i fully agree. even i, am guilty of that. do the mods want newbies to come in, look look and walk away? or do they want to grab anyone new and help cultivate the photography hobby into their blood?
i got two suggestions pertaining to newbies>
NID(noobs intro day)
or SJI (senior junior interaction)
hee...hope all noobs agree with me
(hopefully the mods too! if they think i'm not being a hassle since i'm asking them to take care of the noobs... )