Actually, and philosophising aside, I think the real frustration boils down to this:
In the basic apprentices forum there are no coatmaking topics allowed, just trousers and waistcoats. Fair enough, that's really a lot to be getting on with for anyone. But then members who are not professionals can read the other forums (including the trousers and waistcoat forum), but can't even ask a question or make a remark to any single discussion; not even about trousers/waistcoats.
Could be the reason the basic apprentice forum has more posts than any other: twice as many posts as the coatmaker forum and ten times as many as the trouser/waistcoat forum (call it "reduced clutter" or a ghost town, your choice). Some of the discussions in that last forum are not beyond some amateurs and could probably be beneficial to the learning process. I'm glad I get to read it at least...
Having said that, I also see the reason for having a basic apprentices section. Sort of a proving ground encouraging people to walk before they run.
Occasionally, I get frustrated when someone asks a question in the advanced forums and I have the answer. (It's usually supplies-related.) If it were really important I could PM the member.
Edited by tailleuse, 28 January 2015 - 04:10 AM.