In the film days various speeds and grains were debated hotly (not unlike DR and sensors) but mostly by those who didn't self develop. Those who did generally offered more advice to help their fellow photographer than bash.
How can we aspire to that level of craft in this age?
I was thinking the other day how during the 2000's I felt like I was reading and discussing craft much more than now. I still read and talked about the tech. But there were so many articles by Michael Reichmann and others that focused on photography, not silicon.
Now I feel like it's an onslaught of "Canon sux Sony rulz DSLRs ded buy new mirrorless camera!"
In another thread someone mentioned how toxic DPR has become, and that used to be a great hangout. I don't know...maybe it's time to push away from the monitor and read a few old photography books.