I always thought reading and heeding the advice of others was common sense, otherwise why even read? I think this particular essay is a lost cause, mostly because the people you are trying to project it to will not read it, which is a very good case of irony. They have not taken advice so far, they won't decide to start now. Another key element is to be able differentiate who is actually qualified to give advice, because I have seen A LOT of very bad advice given here over the years.
It was obvious to me that this advice was not based upon real-world experience, mostly because of my background regarding the subject which spans almost three decades in the real world. I also noticed people recommending products, or trashing products that they obviously did not even own, and called them on it many times. They simply based their opinions on hearsay, and other reviews they have seen. I spent the majority of my magic career "listening and learning" to the classic masters via text, not a bunch of wannabe "forum magicians."
Heck I did not even own a computer until about age 26. I was too busy performing from age 16 and on anyway, and doubt I would have sat on the internet all night during my initial learning process. However I am at a point in my career where I have enough legitimate experience to pass it on, as opposed to being on the hunt myself. However should that occasion arise I go to the Cafe, mostly for product reviews.
But I do find it very humorous to say the least when I see some 12 year old giving advice on an effect he has only had for a few days if that, and speaking as though he is a master who has done magic 50 years. Those types get eaten alive at places like the Cafe, and it is never pretty. But pretty funny when it does happen.
Are these addressed to me, specifically the first one? As I do have real world experience and knowledge. I only review items I have used in my performances. And I am far from 12 years old. I always try to give the best advice possible, for the most part.
The few poster I mentioned, I felt, were qualified to list... as they usually always give excellent advice and post, such as yourself.