There's been quite a few times when I've been a little bit ashamed to be a part of this forum.
Whatever happened to us being welcoming to newbies and spreading our knowledge instead of being judgmental jaded know-it-alls?
Watch your freaking tone AND language, how would you feel if your son or daughter joined up and was berated, heckled or exposed to crude commentary while just trying to learn more about kitchen knives?
When I first joined, I'm sure I was(still am) a giant dumb/jackass, but nobody called me out. Everyone was welcoming, and quite encouraging no matter how stupid or out of line I might have been.
I hate to think of us losing members or turning away potential contributors due to our egos or whatever you want to call it.
Sympathy we've got.
Empathy not so much.