Genuinely seeking other views - I do not spend a whole bunch of time on the newbie things, but that is my honest impression.
The non diving area is off putting I guess but things get ramped up just as they are in the rest of the universe. No one is storming the TDF servers with guns trying to shoot out the rackmounts yet. If this aspect of the forum is too much for people to either ignore or deal with then the site must decide if it is a scuba only site like scubaboard or if we are a multi subject site. I post on scubaboard a few times a year and visit maybe once a month or so. If something interests me I will get draw into a discussion. This site is entertaining and worth a visit several times a day. It is a simple enough cost/benefit to work out.