If you’ve ever visited a game discussion forum, you know they can be unfriendly places. It’s almost a law of physics. However, it’s faster to learn from what others have discovered than to discover it yourself. Forums often have guides written by amazing playerswho have thought of things you will never think of. You can try their ideas and decide what works for you and what doesn’t.
That said, don’t be afraid to try something everyone says “sucks.” Often times, terrible players will get together and all agree that some strategy or piece of equipment is underpowered. They can be so wrong that in fact the object of their complaint may be overpowered -they're just so bad at the game, and clouded by the Dunning-Kruger effect, that they can only imagine that if something doesn't work in their hands, it must be useless.
Above: A forum is a wretched hive of scum and villainy. Also: wisdom (not pictured)
Game forums are certainly not for everybody. If you don’t like the atmosphere, you can still search for useful guides without exposing yourself too much to obnoxious posters.