To the OP (and everyone else too, I guess).
I am actually of one of the people who run this place.
I'm sorry you don't like the term "noob". Nevertheless, you could and should have asked your question in one of the "ask a question" threads. There is actually a thread view, which you could have used if you are worried about not being able to follow the conversation re. your question. Even without the thread view option, it's really not that hard.
There is not going to be any newbie/noob forum. We like the new members to be able to interact with the older members. There are plenty of new members who are industry professionals or otherwise very knowledgeable, and it would be stupid to exclude them from discussions. And there are lots of new members who seem to be able to use the "Ask a question" threads just fine. The problem are the small minority of new members who seem to think that conventions don't apply to them, and other people just have to deal.
I'm not going to say that I approve of the older members flaming new members, and yes, this is "just" an internet forum. But imagine if you go into a coffeeshop, and you decide that you are going to jump to the head of the line/take a table other people were waiting for. Are you really going to be surprised, and do you have the right to be outraged, when other patrons protest? Is "hey man, chill out, it's just coffee" really a valid counterargument?
Yes, this is "just an internet forum", but it is also one of the more vibrant communities devoted to men's style, and one of the oldest. That this forum continues to grow after over 8 years of existence is in no small part thanks to the cool people who have decided to hang out here over the years.
One of the things that you may have noticed about the forum is that, the buying and selling forum excepted, there are not any rigid rules (well, you can't post porn or racist comments). This is not an oversight. It gives the administrators and our moderation team a lot of latitude to use their judgement. There is only one guiding principle, which is to be respectful of the forum and the other members. So, let's everyone do that, yeah?