Note: this is a dumb meta-thread, and if you have the good sense to steer clear of them, then begone! I envy you.
A population bottleneck is what happens when a species narrowly escapes extinction. After this catastrophe, the traits of whatever survives to repopulate are present in much high proportions. For example, if a chemical plant leak suffocated the rest of New Jersey, and my girlfriend and I (both gingers) had to repopulate, there would be an awful lot of gingers running around New Brunswick for years to come.
Why am I talking about 9th grade bio? I think it's why we have groupthink on the CM forum. So many people, like myself, have no grounding in classic menswear. We have to learn from people who knew menswear pre-internet -- Alan Flusser, Manton, Will Boelkhe -- and so we end up with their idiosyncrasies magnified. This can be a good thing, since they have pretty great taste, but do we lose something as a result of this? Do we end up with iteratively safer versions of their tastes as we try to learn from those who learned from them?
Is there any way to break that cycle? I reckon, without the aid of a really good salesman or a great tailor, that it would be difficult to get the kind of "primary source" knowledge that men like Manton or Flusser have.