Let me join the back-patting. First to Ken and also to everyone else here.
As a gadget-freak, engineer, musician, hacker and general mr-fixit, I rely on user forums as my primary source of support for many things from software support to furnace repair. Too many of them chase away n00bs with "RTFM" or "RTFS" and "follow the posting rules" and offer little real help. An exception is the vintage musical instrument and electronics forums where they welcome an increased hobbyist base and offer a lot of "duct tape and chicken-wire" fixes (my Dad's best tools), which is often the only alternative for the "legacy" stuff.WXFORUM.NET
is top of the mountain in the forums I frequent. Not only are the n00bs welcomed and encouraged to participate, the "duct-tape" philosophy ("doorbell rain-gauge" by DanS and "rain-gauge heater" by SpartanWX) is perfectly comfortable alongside hacking modern tech and leading-edge engineering ("Davis pin-out" by DeKay and "Xbee console transmitter" by af4ex). There is a lot of fun going on as well in the off-topic sections, which is usually discouraged or "secret (paid) members only" on other boards.