I applaud you, a well thought out and informed response. I think that we should recognize that the images and information that we review in a publication have most probably been digitally created at some point.
Therefore, in my opinion, this site serves a very needed function that has not and will never be filled by a publication. What I mean is the individual sharing of information and experience, the postcard exchange, the traveling portfolio, and ultimately the fellowship of others who enjoy conventional photography.
I still purchase photographic publications and they are informative but they seem almost sterile in comparison to this site. Perhaps what I wish to do is to recognize all those who were involved in the creation of this forum and to thank all of the participants.