Everyone is a rando YouTuber over there. Don’t take it personally. (Or do. Choice is yours.) Speaking from experience, SBAF isn’t an audio forum. It really isn’t. It’s a small group of people which has a very specific social structure, and most people don’t / won’t recognize this when reading or participating there. (It’s like a mini-ASR in many ways.)
If you aren’t in the core ‘click’, then you’re a Rando. Even some people who have Friend status are considered Randos by the core group. Trust me.
So, there are a few ways to regard this. SBAF is an online audio forum that is hostile to outsiders and any opinions that don’t align to the core membership, or …
A closed off society of friends, with all the good and bad things that go along with that. (Opinion echo chamber, not a broad variety of opinions, narrow focus, etc.) It doesn’t mean it’s bad, it’s just different. You don’t walk into a rough and roudy biker bar where nobody knows you, start playing Brittany Spears on the juke box, put The Bachelor up on the big screen, talk crap about Harley Davidson, and loudly declare your opinions are facts while demanding others respect your choices and bow to your preferences. That’s exactly what I see the majority of Randos do there, and they usually find their butt being kicked out the door, hastily.
SBAF isn’t for everyone. Hell, it’s not for 99% of people. Just because it exists doesn’t mean you should pay attention to it. I took a 6 month break from it because I was upset about the condensing comments from most of the moderators, their tendency to be dismissive instead of helpful, and many other quirks that pressed my buttons. I’m glad I did, as it put a lot of things into perspective for me. I’m not defending their behavior, but I think we should just call a pig a pig and recognize it for what it is. It’s something I wouldn’t get upset over.
Anyway, enjoy your break. I’ve seen lots of your videos and hope you pick that up again in the future.