In your view, Tim, how could APUG be more welcoming to newcomers to film?
This bunker mentality of "shoot film or we won't speak to you" isn't welcoming, I realize that. However, discussing inkjet vs. optical or digital vs. film and all that simply excites all manner of silly emotional arguments.
I do think hybridphoto could be a lot more welcoming. Last time I was there, somebody crawled up a newcomer's ass for showing a digital shot in the gallery that (s)he wanted to print via hybrid means. Some people seemed to think that the work flow behind each and every post on the site had to be agreeable with their [vaguely defined] standards, period. As I tried to point out, hybridphoto is doomed if its mission is that narrow. As for me, I simply haven't gone back since I saw it turning into "What scanner should I buy." I mean, why don't they just rename it WSSIB. What scan software should use, etc. And there are only a few scanners and two or three decent software packages on the market anyway, for crying out loud.