You know I somewhat agree with you points however, I have to say this is not a formal organization nor is it technically an educational platform either. This website, while many of us share and discuss information, is supposed to be used for entertainment purposes. I agree that those of us with some degree of knowledge in various subjects should step up to the plate to actively engage newcomers and help guide them. I think it is our responsibility to do so because we sit here constantly complaining about all the ignorance and so-called fluff but yet we do not strive to correct this by really helping those that want to learn. There are some members who will be kind and compassionate enough to do this but not many. However, no one here is also obligated to instruct or guide other people, as most of the people here are not spiritual or religious leaders or preachers. It is each persons choice to decide if they want to invest their time in helping out new members.
The reputation system has somewhat been helpful in helping new members seek out appropriate help, however, the reputation system has at times been inappropriately abused and therefore is not always a definitive way to judge peoples knowledge or ability; and this can lead to confusion. When sending newcomers to go read a post, article, website this is not harsh or mean; rather this is someone taking their time to point out a valuable resource. It is not as if we know each person, their background, their specific interests, their beliefs and therefore we have no standard pointing out the best steps to finding their answers. Instead those of us who decide to help keeping in mind we are each different in our backgrounds and beliefs choose to answer or help someone based on our own knowledge and experiences.
Part of the problems that arise on a site like this stems from the fact that it is not dedicated to solely and specifically one subject. Here we discuss and share about a broad range of subjects and therefore the information that is shared and discussed will vary considerably from person to person, similarities may be present but it is not as if we are all say members and congregants of a right wing evangelical Pentecostal church who all do share the same religious and spiritual beliefs. The fact that members here believe in a multitude of different spiritual and religious traditions make it difficult to organize an effort to be more efficient and progressive in helping and guiding new members.
Take also into consideration that many members who have helped new members get burnt out or exhausted answering the same questions over and over again especially without the evidence or support to show that their efforts have made any difference. Many people come here and ask questions but then are unwilling to listen to the advice or guidance offered them, which they have every right to do, but then want to come back later asking the very same questions knowing the answers but not accepting them. If new members or less informed members come back repeatedly trying to become a vampire, mermaid, werewolf etc. regardless of the times they have been informed or advised that it is not possible it becomes quite frustrating and aggravating for those who have wasted their time and effort on deaf ears.
There is a lot of bickering and war horsing about who knows more than whom and who is more intelligent etc. etc. This problem will most likely exist here and elsewhere and continue. It is understandable that as human beings, we have egos and we have the need to feel special, important, and successful; of course, most people want to feel popular and well liked. While all of us have tried to present the best of ourselves we often tend to step on other people in the process unintentionally or not and yes this may be hurtful and disrespectful but it is not until that person can be confident in themselves, their beliefs, and their abilities that they will not have the need to challenge others nor compete. That journey whether appropriate for each person will vary but it is also not everyones journey and some people may just be rude and presumptuous but we should not take that to heart.
As far as opening new covens and the like, that is Pet's decision, and while I personally would like to see the formation and expansion of new and old groups that may never happen. I suggest the best advice on the core of this matter is to just be the best person you can; not perfect. However, strive to do yourself good then worry about doing good for others. Don't judge people for their ignorance, their background, their experiences, or their beliefs but rather be compassionate and kind towards others and only consider how they treat themselves, others, and you.