You ask why people are angry or who they are angry at .
I can only speak for myself but it is not anger but rather a sense of disappointment at what this forum has turned into .
It use to be a place where one could find people who only were interested in learning about figs , and finding others who's only objective was to do the same .
When you and I started collecting figs this was a very affordable hobby . in fact I would say that most of my varieties were due to the generosity of people I met on this forum like Nelson,TylerJ,Chivas,Rafed and others now like Luzzu,Ottawan and one time you and your brother came to my house for a variety you were interested in , and you were gracious enough to bring me some cuttings of your own . At that time i had a variety (the one you wanted ) i found locally that i posted about and tried to get identified and people like Herman thought it was an unknown so I called it Niagara Black .I thought (and still do ) that this is a great variety and tried to share with as many people as possible so that others could enjoy it and share it also . It is now in the the US , Middle East , and Europe through the pay it forward generosity of others .
Today though due to the popularity of figs the forum is filled with people that use it for FREE ADVERTISING. Sure many of them are crafty and try to come across as helpful and genuine and try to build up their credibility by all means possible but they have one priority and that is profiting off of the obsession that many of us develop about figs . Then due to the high prices there are those that are lying about the actual variety just to make a buck and the buyer won't know they've been scammed till the tree fruits . Then there are those that spent so much money accumulating some of the latest fad figs that they feel now they need to make their money back somehow so why would they just give cuttings away ? These people who are bidding up these varieties are actually the ones that are responsible for the ridiculous prices we see today and they are the focus of my comments .
I can buy a cubic yard of high quality potting soil for $70 i can go to my local nursery and buy returned 10 gallon pots for 2 to 3 dollars , I can stick a cutting in the pot . Jon of Figs4fun sells cuttings and i never paid more than 6 dollars each , now i get them as gifts or give dozens away every fall .This is not an expensive hobby , or at least it was not a few years ago .
I suggest to newbies to take their time and get to know other fig enthusiasts in their area ( they can find them on the forums or local advertisements) , and share with each other varieties that thrive in your climate ( don't just look for named varieties some of the unknowns are excellent figs especially if papa Joe has been growing it for years ) and avoid all the latest fad figs which have not been tested in all climates by multiple people. Look for established varieties that have been tested by trusted people in your own climate . And share with others , in return ask them to pay it forward . Karma is a wonderful thing .
Frank so there is no misunderstanding none of this is directed toward you in any way , I have the greatest respect for you and your contributions to this forum , I just wanted to clarify my position here.