Do you honestly think there were gold old days ? I can always recall seeing a huge number of unhelpful, or worse downright incorrect responses given. The problem lies with the population growth, there were always a larger portion of a$$hats than helpful people it was just easier to filter them out with a smaller number of responses. The noob flaming is just as bad as it has always been as well. You just need to be careful who you trust. I generally find that good info comes in clusters, someone will post some decent suggestions and it will generate some corrections and refinements from others', while llama threads flame out quickly. The problem is that many of the very technical folks have gotten tired of the boards and either retired from the industry, or declined to participate often. Gone are the days when you find driver authors or system code writers browsing the tech forums for fun and entertainment. This place used to overflow with highly qualified sysadmins and engineers, not so many these days. Don't despair though there are still people out there that will help you if you are patient enough. What IS better these days is documentation availability, look around for a eBook or a manual on what you need, everyone has needed help at some point and they have sources they found that help at/from.