I can see both sides of this discussion, and as someone who is unable to get to a lake/pond I find the site to be very informative and extremely helpful.
I make my models
knowing full well that I will never see them on the water and in action, but looking at other members models
and how they were made keeps me motivated with this hobby.
And as for the banter with other members it just makes my day that little bit better.
I know that starting a thread will drift onto something different but then every day conversation do exactly the same.
The trick is trying to get it back on track!
I am glad that the members here have a good sense of humour but when it comes to questions and answers and help then I know that the members here won't mess about and they help.
Anyway I am starting to drone on so I will stop now.