I am sorry that your first experience with this forum has been disheartening. This is the first time I have seen any disention with members, much less had one of the moderators chime in. In my experience everyone here has been extremely helpful.
IMHO, the written word can so easily be misconstrued. So, I'll chide all involved in this post. Don't take everything personally, be carefull of your written word and how it comes across.
We are here as a community of potters both old and new. Let's share our knowledge without arrogance.