There's definitely some crazy posting for the contest. But to be honest, I've made more contact with existing and new members, learned more about the members that are in my home town, my home country, and and continued to learn about strats since the contest. I've also seen way more new Strat-candy form pic posting. If you don't like a subject, don't reply. I suppose you could consider yourself disadvantaged because you don't want to post along with the banter. But overall I recon the pro's far outweigh the cons...for the forum.