Many people try to learn through forums and Facebook groups. This makes sense on the surface, I too used to try that route. But let me explain why this is usually actually damaging to your learning and results (and so so frustrating).
Sure there’s some value to be had from these places, but it is a minefield.
Here’s the problem with free advice online, it’s usually wrong for several reasons:
People tell you something that only applies to their machine / setup / model / slicer / filament…
People tell you what they should actually be doing, not you.
People tell you what they’ve heard someone else say, but never did. (so common)
People tell you what they did, even if it was the wrong thing, to feel good about their decision. (maybe checkout their prints, then decide if you want their advice)
People give advice to gain status/control. They tell you what you “have” to do, as a command.
And if you DO get lucky, and get the 6th type of response (the correct one, from someone who knows and isn’t on a power trip) do you really know enough to sort through all that clutter and choose the advice you should spend your time following?
Even after all of that, those “good” responses are often over simplistic (understandably so, because they’ve replied to similar questions so many times before) and most frustratingly of all, when you follow up with more questions they’re often nowhere to be found...
Contrast all that with what our members experience. Here's what one Io3DP member, Dean Quarterman had to say about his first experience with our experts ⇊