i totally agree. there are shills here to throw you off, well intentioned or not, it doesnt matter. there are those who have good information but are genuinely mistaken(or simply ignorant) about some things. then there are people you can count on about as much as you can count on any human. many if not most of the latter post on this forum(and others). we are fortunate that way.
but you were talking about the layout, werent you? it takes some getting used to. you can customize your experience quite a bit if you want. it just takes a little time and experience, kind of like self health. ;)
my biggest hurdle was the way posts stack up when you reply to a specific post. i prefer the most recent replies to be on top but it works the opposite here, sort of. sometimess you need a straight edge to see who is posting to whom.