I disagree, comparing noobs to the inhabitants of SPUF (Particularly those who inhabit the Team Fortress 2 section) is to insult them.
SPUFTF2 is full of whiny bitches who will complain that an update is taking too long and boycott TF2 until it's out, then once it's out they complain the update is shit and Valve should of taken longer.
SPUFTF2 are ungrateful brats who unfortunately due to TF2 believe Valve are only there to serve them personally.
Here's an idea for what threads are like on SPUFTF2
80% Hat related
12% Blog posts
5% Trade Threads not in the trading subforums
3% actually about the game, and not about hats
And i agree, they ARE whiny brats. I still post there, but mostly to answer questions, and to tell people that something's old before the cOLD idiots get in the thread.
Nowadays, i'm in the offtopic, or other forums there.
Personally? I think TF2 is fine. Almost. The only thing that needs retooling is the FaN, Sandman, and the shortstop. Rest is fine. I dont give a flying fork on a tricycle about hats. I still collect them, but mostly what i craft, or what i find. I trade if it appeals to me.
I'm one of the few TF2 users who realized that Hats can be ignored except for the 5 polycount hats (this number is on the rise, i think). And that You can ignore trade spammers, or go to a better server. With admins who can mute/gag trade spammers.