I appreciate the humor and all, and I'm glad to see some lighthearted notes here.
I will say this:
Frank, I don't know you well, but from what I can tell, you have the same love as we do for the same stuff, and that's powerful. I really appreciate everything you contribute, even the the suggestions - could live without CAPS LOCK in the post subjects, but that's another story ;). I hope you stick around and share, regardless of what is said in this thread or whether or not any changes come out of it.
For anyone who doesn't know and might not think it from his firm posts in this thread, Rafed is one of the most giving people at this forum, both in real life, virtually, and it doesn't stop at handing out free cuttings and trees. There are dozens of forum members that have met him in person and can vouch for what a wonderful guy he is. Dude has reached out to me a few times to put my ass in check when I get a little pushy with some folks about their conduct on the forums, I've met him in person, and he's given and traded more with me than I can express, enabling me to share with tons of other members.
That said, Rafed has a very valid point, and I think Martin has expanded on that point very well ("don't know who Jason is yet? stick around...").
All of us had a learning curve coming here the first time, and I personally don't think it's too steep --- clearly, dozens of new people come on board year after year who get the hang of it. Learning goes hand in hand with any online community, especially forums, and it takes time and interaction. A lot of us heavy-participaters LIKE that it takes time and interaction, because that's what separates the die-hard fanatics from the fly-by-nighters, because it's the die-hards and fanatics that keep this place going, and keep it awesome. We need that die-hard passion and curiosity to keep this place alive, I feel like (when you dumb things down) you run the risk of taking that "something special" out of the community. Just my opinion, of course.
There have been practical and impractical suggestions over the years I've been here. Such as ...
* Identify all of the abbreviations at the end of fig names: That would be awesome to know where everything comes from and what the abbreviations mean, but then you open a can of whoopass for those sources, and you may end up killing the availability of many and exposing a number of private collections.
* Stop using abbreviations instead of the full variety name: You're asking people who are already contributing to do a lot of extra work just so every possible human - whether truly interested in our passion or not - can completely understand what's being said without a second thought.
There have been a host of others, but you know what? I don't feel like typing them ;)
I think all of the regular faces at F4F are generally open to suggestions, and I think everyone should continue to put them out there. I appreciate that someone thinks enough of this forum to make suggestions on ways to better the experience for everyone (so, thanks, Frank!)
But for me ... while I appreciate the suggestion, I'm not going to stop using the phrase "BT" for Brown Turkey. Personally, I don't think enough of it as a variety to waste time typing the whole name out. I have that much contempt for it. Part of me can't help but think, "I had to figure it out ... why can't everyone else?", but ... meh. I'm not gonna go there, because that's just my selfish side talking ;)