You may be right as I was just thinking of me on that…but, personally, the Pit seems a necessity. Maybe don’t allow newbies into the Pit until after a certain time?
I just remembered one time in which I was away from SDMB for quite some time…then had a question which I thought this board would be good for. It was about Naked Singularities.
I asked my question and Stranger On A Train came in and just derailed the thread. I think he thought he was being funny but the whole thread took off after him. the question was never even remotely answered or even acknowledged. Now, Stranger On A Train is a GREAT poster. I love him. He is, IMO, on of the best, most informative posters on here. However, that thread irritated the hell out of me and I left for years thinking this community had jumped the shark and was over. If I had been truly new/first time, I would have thought this community was a joke and never come back.