I'm glad to see Bass, Paully, Harvey, Barry and Snaglepus posting. Besides them, Jon and Ingevald appear sometimes. Those 7 may be the only ones left from the first 2 years. A long time ago I posted that I was getting messages from several long time members about things that upset them. None of them knew I was getting the same message from more than a few people. They were all saying the same things. So I posted a request for compassion on them. It was met with hostility. Some of them left after reading the replies, never to return. I can't find the post or I'd link to it.
That hostility caused some very wise and experienced people to leave. If you want experienced people around, people who have grown more fig varieties longer and through more unusual circumstances than most, you have to be nice to them. Say thank you. If you do get cuttings send a little extra in PP - it's like taking them out for coffee or dessert. For heaven's sake don't make them pay the PP fees if you're getting a great cutting for very little money.
I've been growing figs a long time but people like Jon, Bass, Harvey, Dennis and many others have been growing far more varieties than I have and for longer. People I mentioned in the first line above plus a few others not here are the ones I look up to as experts, whether they admit it or not. :)
And there are a fair number of people who have only been growing figs a few years or only joined the forums a few years ago who have worked hard, tried new things and have become experts in their own right. Unfortunately most of them are either gone or rare visitors. I'm thinking of Charlie Little, AscPete, Art Jeffcoat, Greenfig, SCfigFanatic and a few others.
A little kindness goes a long way.