I don't see that I'm right, and I don't think you're wrong. Parts of what you said resonated with me, because I read your posts, and I hope that maybe what I said showed you another way of seeing participation of folks on technical topics, we're just talking together.
I know what you mean, we can have an idea of each other here, and our posts reflect parts of us. I was just trying to help you see that there are parts of us that our posts can't show. One of us might be a millionaire philanthropist, but some might see him as an Xbox fanboy, maybe that was the case with someone. Others may be specialists who mostly lurk but post here and there, but their opinion is shrugged off because nobody knows who they are. I was trying to help you see my point of view, in that we all have portions of knowledge on different things, we all share, and in the end we let the best idea win, rather than the "best" poster. I always believed that.
If we don't do that, then less popular users would have a smaller voice even if what they're saying is totally true. Even worse, imagine they are an expert but people rejected them because they aren't this or that poster. I'm just showing you another view, and I think this view can help reduce campiness.
I do see parts I can agree on, just not the parts where I have to be physically involved, in order to know someone, but what I can instead take at face value, with the information at hand, be it in the current time frame, or the past.
I'm not saying everyone should shut up now and forever though. I just want ppl to simmer down from the SSD focus, maybe go outside the site and learn more of how each part actually works, watch some dev kit design talks or game-makers toolkit, to give them an idea of what's going on. The sole marketing focus point, is what irks me, because that gets taken at face value, despite corps doing that deliberately on purpose and without entirely good intentions at that, and it creates this distortion of information. It's why we still, to this very day, have people that truly believe PC gaming is still somehow stuck in the 90's and never "evolved", and yet they couldn't be more wrong on that, but they take whatever some friend said or camp said as gospel, despite not reading outside those circles, and I found that to be an issue.
I take value in Pem/CGI, because they do offer some insight on here, that not many people take the time out of their lives to do so, that doesn't involve leaving the site, to go onto youtube and search through a load of vids, to get the answers those two can already provide, and it's great that they do this for us, and that's why I value what they bring to the table, and it's why you don't see me interjecting into what they say (unless I really wanted to go well out of my way to bring out the spongebob level dictionary/fact book)