LOL. Did you mean to be funny, Gonzostrike. I've never seen anyone torpedoe their own argument so quickly. Thanks for doing it in the first paragraph. Try reading it again to see where you went wrong (hint: who is the one self-centered, when you're using terms like "the locals" and "newbies")
Hmmm. Shocking (?) display of ignorance and illogic, Terrapin.
(1) I'm not an instructor -- but I do enjoy discussions of "miniscule details" even if you think they are silly arrogance.
(2) Do you even know what "irony" means? If I'm not an instructor, how does my post reveal the very sentiment of self-centeredness that you possess and display in your posts?
(3) The reference to "regulars" and "newbies" was shorthand, not an attempt to place anyone here above you by means of their length of attendance. You are new to the forum, and you are trotting out a complaint/criticism that we have heard from many others who arrive newly to this forum. Last winter, we had such a barrage of ill-educated and immature criticism from the kiddies at the Pouter forum. They complained about how everyone here was a "technique geek" or something like that.
Well it appears that you, like they in their little barrage, cannot read the title/heading of this Forum.
Funny, too... you never even addressed my criticism of your pseudo-deconstruction of the general tenor of this Forum. Mighty fine job of ad hominem
Oh, and BTW, if "Terrapin" is a reference to the State of Maryland, on behalf of all that State's natives, I apologize to the others in this Forum. You are not representative of the State's natural character. Not even close.