I'm sorry, but how is his bigotry not over the top? Isachenko's transphobia and homophobia is making SF a hostile environment. Complacency on the part of moderators and hall monitors is a tacit endorsement.
I don't think fok is saying that you don't find anything new - the internet definitely opens up possibilities. I'd never know about any of the stuff I wear now without styleforum. My impression is that fok is talking about the kind of thing where maybe you're in the library looking for a book, and something totally unrelated catches your eye. You find a lot of cool stuff that way.