Originally Posted by HN1
There is one aspect that hasn't been discussed and I believe it is very pertinent to the discussion. Search quality means everything on google, here, or anywhere else. A quality search on google usually provides me the answer I'm looking for and it will also point me to a thread on this site. As far as "newbie" status goes... everyone was one and if we try something new, well we're right back there.
You are absolutely right.
I would also add that post count in and of itself doesn't prove you are an expert or that you ARE one, but it does show a willingness to put yourself out there and be helpful.
Maybe "snobbishness" was too harsh a word. I apologize if I went too far there.