I was at my local park taking pictures, a guy next to me was taking pictures using his phone,he struck a conversation up with me along the lines of he wanted to get a proper camera but they where too complicated so he decided to stick with his phone. It would seem he had joined a photography forum and ask about getting his first camera, the advice he had received totally confused him, he should shoot raw, learn the exposure triangle and get off the mode settings among many things, including he should buy Nikon, Canon and some other makes he couldnt remember. This got me thinking, how many forum members actually think about the advice they give to encourage new buyers, in the old days of film any one buying a camera for the first time would go to a camera shop to look at them and ask questions, they would not be told they need a dark room, or should understand exposure. Its more than likley the shop would have made the advice simple, something like this camera has an auto mode on it so you just look through the viewfinder and focus,the next question may have been about film, again the shop would have simplified it, don't worry about film this is a good all round print film and we can load it for you, bring it back when you have used it and we will take it out put a new one in then we can send it away for prints if you want. This eases the newcomer into photography, camera makers go to a lot of bother to make most cameras work in a point and shoot mode many forum advicers then try to destroy this facilty and make it complicated. Ok at the moment i am still shooting raw but if ime honest most of my images would work just as well if taken in jpeg, this has moved on a fair way from the early jpeg files/jpeg engines and as i used to use slide film raw is just a bonus. Lots of the advice given is more to show how much the poster knows rather than help a beginner, cant say i have seen much if any of this on here but lots of us belong other forums so i would ask if you see these threads on other forums bring them back down to earth.