On that note, may I suggest that this thread be dropped?
Since I was the one to spark off this theological conflict, perhaps I could offer my own conclusion?
No-one responded to my request "to point me in the direction of a long term successful professional photography discussion board where solid advice and opinion based on real experience is available, and where anonymity is allowed."
Please don't answer "this one", as several of the most valued contributors have made clear their fundamental objections to anonymity.
Since Michael has made it clear that he doesn't want to change, and we are all guests in his well-appointed saloon, I'll just offer this as a matter of opinion.
An ideal forum would be one that anyone can join provided that they are willing always to sign their real name on posts, followed by either a link to a website or physical business name and location.
I know this would exclude some people, but having a website is hardly a huge cost barrier if you're considering MFDB equipment. While an ideal forum would make no judgement as to where you stand in the professional food chain, to join you would have to indicate serious business involvement in photography.
All the above is based on observing events at other pro fora.......
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