After awhile I started to feel like I would never get into this game. I would ask how to do a certain task, and was told I needed a powerhammer or a thermonuclear quenching vat if I wanted to really do it right. I think it's important to remember that there are many different ways to preform a task.
There is more than one method to heat treat a knife for example. If I tell you I am a backyard smith, give me an answer that will suit a backyard smith. Don't tell me I need to drop $1000 on some fancy bit of machinery if I really wanted to do it right.
When I post an answer I always ask my self three questions.
"Did my reply answer the question?" "Was the answer I offered helpful" "Am I sure I am not talking out of my ass?"
If you don't have anything helpful to add, just dont post. Its actually easier to post nothing than it is to work out a snarky unhelpful reply.
I think that's enough on the teaching end. On the whole the people who voluntarily take time and effort to teach, very often for free, on various forums on the Internet are excellent at it and we should all be grateful for their help and advice.
Trying to learn through the internet can be pretty tough. Here is the best way I have found.
Google search blacksmithing club (your state here).
Find out when the next meeting is, and go to it.
Never touch your computer again.
LEARNING FROM AN EXPERIENCED SMITH IN REAL LIFE IS ALWAYS THE BEST CHOICE!
However, sometimes it's one in the morning and you cant very well go wake up another blacksmith and get them to show you something, you want to go on the internet and learn there. Good, go do it.
My first bit of advice is to stop asking questions, and just read. Likely your questions have all been asked already at least a thousand times. Browse around that forum and read every post. Get some books, read them. This isn't high school, no one is making you do this, but if you really care about learning this Trade/Art/Craft you should naturally be curious about it and want to learn all you can. If you dont have that kind of urge to learn then you may want to take a second look at why you are trying to do all this in the first place.
I can't tell you how many hours I have spent looking at what I call "knife porn". Hours of scrolling through posts looking at other peoples works. Reading the advice and forming my own opinions. Good, Bad, Ugly, all of it gets fed into your brain and stored there. Its like a good scrap pile, you'll be able to dig around in there and pull some useful info out when you really need it.
So how do you know you are getting good information? This is a tough one, and its why I suggest you do alot of reading, especially real actual books. Publishers wont waste their money on an author writing a blacksmithing book, if that author doesn't know jack about the trade. It's not good business. So in general if you are getting conflicting info go with whats in a book over what someone says on the internet. There are of course exceptions to this, but you are a blacksmith, so I am sure you are smart enough to figure them out.
Pay attention to the moderators, very often they are the most knowledgeable people you are going to get. Its part of their role to make posts and correct wrong information, so in general if the moderator tells you something believe it. After that it can be a crap shoot. Anyone can say they have made a hundred gates for 50 years, anyone can sound like they know what they are talking about, not all of them do.
A little trick I have come up with which works especially well on Facebook, is I check out an individuals other posts. If they have alot of pictures of their iron work you can get a very quick sense of their skill level and experience. I cant tell you how many times I've seen someone act like they know what they are talking about only to go to their FB page and find a hundred photos of Silly Cats and just one photo of a knife like this.