I guess this is a fair comment but we also build the structure around what people ask the most.
I agree about the quality posts and about the current trends. I also will agree that people nowdays go for the quick answer and never show up again.
Things have changed and we can't go back in time even if we wished.
But I would not discourage newbies. We all started and learned first before becoming experts (well, I don't consider an expert myself, to be honest) and I would hate to see a newbie being treated badly only because he doesn't have that knowledge (yet)
We're trying to figure out new ways of encouranging people to go deeper and share more, to enjoy the forum too and, yes, why not, to challenge them and to have more indepth discussions and any ideas that you may have about this will be welcome.
I may be blind to my own faults but I don't think that we (and in this case I believe that I can speak in the name of other members of the staff) impose anything. We, as anyone else, have an opinion and debate and learn as any regular member. Some know lots, some members with no badge know even more.
We are aware that as a staff member you may be looked up as an authority so, in general, we're quite careful to say what we are certain that's true.
Of course, we do mistakes! And I do agree with you that we all have to be humble and realize that there's someone out there that knows more than you do.
I assume that when you say RWD was dismissed, you mean that a specific forum about RWD was dismissed. Am I right?
If that's the case, we normally "dismiss" the creation of a new forum because:
a) there are not enough number of questions about that topic to justify it
b) and/or there are not enough people to provide quality answers and that have deep knowledge about that topic among the staff and members (members that may become staff then)
c) The number of subforums would be too high to be maintained and therefore we need to choose