I am wondering if MERB might be better off having a "members only" section. That way the long standing members would not have to deal with inexperienced hobbyists, who make rookie mistakes not only with SP, but also with posting information on the board.
As a new person, I find it increasingly difficult to want to say anything on a post or make a review because what I say, or how I say it, or where I posted it, or when I posted it might make me look like I am human.
I know that everyone's time here is valuable and think that maybe having a members only section here would be beneficial to long standing members. At the same time, you can have a "guest" area for newbies, who can learn through on the job training. maybe something like a guest has to make at least 50 posts before they are allowed into the members area.
This is just an idea. This board can be valuable to new people, but it can also scare away people who can contribute something valuable.
Food for thought,