Hi Paul, not really sure of the point you are trying to make?
As far as I am aware the forum is free to join, or not join, as one may decide.
The forum is not a small group of computer nerds sitting in their Moms basement, but an integral part of a larger organization.
A certain level of expertise is required to ensure that the forum functions in a viable manner.
Also, I see no evidence of the site being taken over techies.
All the posts I see are from woodworker to woodworkers.
I don't mind if other members disagree with my comments.
I don't profess to know everything, and I may learn something new.
"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."