That brings to mind one of my pet peeves. Folks who read a lot but have little practical experience offering advice.
Perhaps my example isn't the best, and ultimately I think your and my thoughts mostly align.
Reading journals is great, I'm on board with that. But I hope you understand that a big hurdle new aquarists face is that there is so much information out there to be read.
How is a new aquarist supposed to be able to filter through the good and the bad, especially with the volume of information? That's one reason I've reached out to you personally with questions.
If you say that the answer is those tank journals, I counter by saying those often don't cover the necessary topic a newbie might be dealing with, especially for something that needs an answer soon-ish (i.e., no time to read the lengthy pages).
Literally in my mobile browser I have the following tabs open:
1) Rotala Kill Thread (540+ posts)
2) Going dutch (900+ posts)
3) Share your dosing thread (400+ posts)
4) TPT active topics
Additionally, there are several tank journals I'd like to read (the dutch ones like yours and burr's, Phil's high-tech, grobbin's blackwater etc., etc., etc.). I also subscribe to and watch a few different Youtube channels and of course the most important, spend a good amount of time observing my plants.
It's going to take a long time to get through those threads. So when I come across a problem I've not encountered before (like the first time I encountered BBA or something), my only real choice is to google it. And thus the cycle begins. I think my experience is common in that regard. As a side note, I quickly learned who Tom Barr was, and my googling turned into searching for threads about my topic where Tom had responded.
Dennis' website is fantastic, but a year+ ago when I was researching and trying to learn, I had no idea who he was - to me he was just another dude in the hobby. And I actually only came across him because his Youtube videos discussed an exact issue I was having. Today I know better, but it took me several months to figure that out. I've learned a lot from his website.
The point I'm trying to ultimately make is that my journey in this hobby (specifically planted tanks) has taken a long time to get to a point where I only now am starting to feel like I know what I'm doing. That time could be shortened for future aquarists if we, as a community hobbyist forum, included simple guides, sticky's, faqs, etc. I mean, what really could be the arguments against putting up nice, handy guides as long as moderators approve them for accurate content?
Of course, maybe I am actually the exception and I'm just complaining for complaining's sake. Could be.