I'm here for the sharing, not the snobery

Just a quick note.  Things around here on Audiogon have been interesting over the past couple of weeks as I've watched a number of trolls shift the tenor of the discussions.

I wanted to say that I fully support information sharing, doing things ourselves, experimentation and ways to broaden who is among us.

The idea that you are or are not an audiophile based on what you have spent, or what exclusive line of products you have purchased is not one I want to support.  We should find ways to share, not exclude our passion and grow our dwindling numbers.

Building kits and systems with the younger generation is a fantastic way of getting them into STEM as well as into audio, not to mention builds light years worth of knowledge in very little time.  As I've said before, our hobby was built by experimenters, tinkerers and lovers of music much more so than by lovers of spending.

I'll support inclusive, fact based discussions and those who are intellectually curious every time I can.
I agree with the idea and spirit of your post Erik. I cringed a bit when you used the word inclusive, but at least you didn't use the word empowered.
Your comments make me wonder about those of us who build systems utilizing our ears, rather than facts/measurements.

Is there a place for us, here, as well ?

Absolutely, but don’t be surprised if your not handled with kid gloves when you say how amazing a pair of Wilson Alexia’s sound with a 20w SET
Moto: Read and learn how to use measurements and tests also

Cheers George
Agree with your post erik, sharing info is indispensable and a nice free gift.

@stuartk , And, that is absolutely fine for you. The problem Stuart is that hearing is so subjective that it is difficult for anyone to relate to what someone hears especially when they do not really know what they are listening too. Measurements do not tell you what a system sounds like either and in what room? Certain issues are objective and easy to ascertain such as build quality. Sometimes there are obvious physical characteristics that affect a units performance. This is very true for tonearms as an example. Many people actually buy equipment based on what it looks like, not sounds like. I saw this over and over again when I worked selling Hi Fi. My point is relying solely on what some one hears is a mistake. Take it into consideration sure but with a grain of salt. 
The building stuff side of things always interested me.  I like to know how something works and why it sounds the way it does.  I have DIY’ed lots of vibration control, power conditioners, cables of all types, and more.  That may be why I avoid stuff where the advertising seems to unrealistically stretch the boundaries of science.
I built my first pair of “higher quality” speakers 45 years ago when I was 19 and still remember the helpfulness of the man at the lumber yard who worked with me to find the right birch plywood, the care I took in adding internal bracing and finishing the cabinets, and the knowledgeable salesman who let me into the attic storeroom of the local stereo shop to pick out a pair of Jensen 12-inch triaxial drivers......I couldn’t afford the ALNICO version unfortunately.  Anyway, your point about helping the younger generation build kits and systems struck a chord and reminded me of the excitement of building that first pair of speakers that got me through college and beyond, and the helpful people that made the experience a positive one.
Yes, I still have the speakers.