I don’t think it’s unreasonable to suggest that consultants may be holding key elements of solutions or tactics in solving difficult challenges. Nor do I think it’s unreasonable to do so. Consultants do this work to pay for food for their families. Information and hard-won knowledge is their stock-in-trade and time is their inventory. Some of the responses from @Justin_Barrett (for example) obviously took many hours to formulate, prove, and document. Frankly, I’m surprised at the level of effort he (and others) exert to answer questions.
Expecting consultants to surrender both elements (time and knowledge) and to do so in great detail is probably an unreasonable expectation. Imagine asking your plumber to stop by to train you in the installation of a water softener and then thank him politely and send him on his way.
As a creator of anything, we each have a duty to find a good pathway to success with tools. If you are unable to sweat it out with whatever clues you can glean without cost in the marketplace, you are free to hire people who have already invested sizeable energies to implement your vision.
I have a hunch that your experience is not [entirely] based on a single facet (like forum responses to your questions); rather, it’s likely a collection of friction points that I believe make Airtable sometimes a tough road especially if you’ve had significant experience with other spreadsheet and database tools.
Indeed, this community is rife with complex approaches that seem to me (anyway) to make solutions overly complex and less usable. I don’t like it. I’m guessing you don’t either. No one can argue that some answers go to extreme lengths (in some cases) to solve particular challenges - i.e., a convoluted workaround. But, we also must recognize that Airtable is not ideal for every challenge - there are bad fits in some cases and we have additional responsibilities to assess this. In some cases, you must blend Airtable with other tools and integrate with other services to achieve your objectives.