I was just thinking. I'm pretty intuitive most times, but there are plenty of times I get suck in rule books and check the geek to get help. When I imagine a world without the geek (shudder!) I wonder if I would still be the gamer I am today if it weren't for the geek, or if I would have gotten frustrated with rules I didn't understand and lack of community to discuss the hobby with and would have never gotten where I am today without it (200+ collection and growing, attending cons, etc.). Do you feel that way? In what ways do you think BGG has changed your life? (dramatic question, haha)
Constellation thought: I've seen pretty poor rule books. I wonder if sometimes rule writers depend on the geek themselves to answer questions about rules, and thus fall into a habit of making their rule books more vague than if the geek didn't exist. I'm not accusing anyone and have nothing in particular in mind, just musing.
I was amazed at how useful bgg was for rules clarification before I ever joined the site. It was so great to be able to type in a question and find the answer almost immediately. Then when I signed up and needed an answer all I had to do was wait about five minutes.
It's kept frustrating rule book from ruining fun games.