I'm new here (Hello TalkBass community). I have been playing for about 8 years or so. I became interested in this forum because I assumed it would be a good place to learn and seek constructive criticism to improve my playing. I have noticed that the posts along the lines of "Help, I need advice on a technique or theory" get very little responses. But the posts about gear and such get all the replies. How come people don't want to help fellow bass players but will go blue in the face talking about pre-amps or strings? Is it just people being competive, similar to a fisherman not telling you the best place to find the big fish?