I don't think this place is anti-noob, just don't be annoying or defensive or act noobish and you'll be fine. I'd be happy to provide constructive criticism as long as they're willing to learn and don't just post pics like jamiester without utilizing the resources of the entire subforum. Just read the forum for awhile before posting pics kind of like studying for a test. You don't go into the test without knowing the material.
How many people come in and buy generic looking button plain jane ups for like 100 dollars each when they could just buy uniqlo and spend bank on nicer shit like sneaks / outerwear / boots?
I think if people don't have retail stores near them, they sort of get sucked into to thread specific group think and start paying through the nose when they would be better off buying other stuff but they can't handle it first so they go with the easy herd kops .
Holla at me Fok, would love to set up something like this, my lasting legacy can be The Official SF Bigger Brother Thread and the EBay Someone Should Kop Thread