I've been a part of this site for about three years now, not too long but long enough to see a distinct change in the forums topics. It seems now there are so many members asking "Imm new to photography what camera should I buy" or "these are my first pics what sdo you think" or "I have 6 months exprience and feel Im ready to start making money from photography how do I start". There is nothing wrong with being new everyone is new to something at some point but I find the level of information and expertise is dropping rapidly at this point, members like Digital Matt or Big Mike who in the past gave great intelligent input have seemed to quiet down of late. I think Digital Matt is gone. There are so many shots up here that are mediocre at best yet get repsonses like "Great shot" or "I love it, I wish I could do that". Furthermore there are so many beginers asking about HDR and advanced post process, these people are not taking the initiative ti learn on there own (Books still do exist) and seem to want to jump ahead 10 levels in photography without learning the basics. Because of this I feel there is giong to be/currently is a glut of unskille dphotographers selling themselves as "professionals" yet there skill is not even close to where it needs to be. "I just learned off camera flash and LOVE these shots" yeah well you know what you seemed to have learned how to fire your flash remotely but overlooked the idea of correct exposed, diffusion of light, interesting composition, interesting setting, etc. "Check out this night shot with light trails!!" Wow you learned how to use a long exposure but a shot of a street with light trials has beendone so much the trail is rarely interesting enough to be the sole subject of a photo yet you seem to think a shot of a road with a light trail is fantastic. We all need to learn and things like long exposure and off camera flash are good things to work on but lets not praise people's sub par work. Lastly there are so many people who join here wanting to make money off photography, I feel peopl are not looking at he artistic side of it. And I AM NOT talking about taking some B***SH** out of focus photos and calling it art because "I like the way this looks", Im takling about the emotion a photo can invoke. Because of all this I am abandoning my desire to be a professional and am concenrtrating on creating the best photos I can for the love of photography and nothing more. No need for money all I want is to create a body of work that is impressive and not forced, not an attempt to become rich from taking pictures. I know this past is all over the place and may not make too much sense especially the last part, but I would love to hear others opinions on the nature of this forum. Bottom line it seems to be newbs asking the same questions over and over again and getting decent answeres from the more intelligent members here, rarely are there threads that are great in depth discussions on topics that are suited to intermidiate to advnaced photographers.