Marc's definition of the RCU Leech:
"those who drain the sites resources which require money to provide but don't pay anything for those resources" and on the flip side we have "those who also drain the sites resources but pay a small amount to cover what they drain out of it"
What category do you fit in?
I'm one of "those who drain the sites resources which require money to provide but don't pay anything for those resources". I will not pay for the info from any of the online forums. That's why they have advertisements on the pages.
However, if I were running classified ads or doing auctions, I'd expect to have to pay something. The Dallas Morning News is full of advertisements, but they charge individuals for placing classified ads.
Even though I will not pay money to read the forums, I will contribute info to any of them if I think I have anything to add. I'm registered with cru and rcgroups; and have looked at torqueroll. I bookmarked rcfn but have not looked at it yet. If any of them start asking me for money, I delete the bookmark and move on.
I really do not pay attention to a person's post count when I read the forums. I try to look at the info and decide if it is applicable to what I'm doing. I'm pretty new to RC, but like to think I'm not a total idiot when it comes to analyzing info that is presented to me.
This newsgroup, and the forums, are not the holy grail as far as I can tell. If they all go away tonight, I'll still take my plane to the field Saturday and have a really good time.
If I cannot post a question to one of the forums, or the newsgroup, I'll just ask someone at the field or the LHS. When I do pick up info here or in one of the forums, I might still ask at the field or LHS to validate the info or to clarify my understanding.