I agree that this section should be for show fish. I am very active in betta facebook groups, but I rarely come here any more because I don't feel this forum really offers what I need anymore. There is precious little serious discussion on showing or breeding, and the few threads in those sections that do have merit are drowned out by the multitudes of threads where people get angry because they are told not to breed or show their fish. It's one extreme or the other, really: a little good information from a few who think they know everything (not everyone here, but some) or a bunch of bad information/whining from those who haven't bothered to educate themselves at all on the subject. (I have my issues with both, as I think that there is more than one way to skin a cat, but I take more issue with the easily-offended individuals.
Breeders and showers are not elitist jerks. But they are blunt. In the most ideal sense, a breeder or shower should seek to bring out and display the best elements of the species (and to make it even better). Unless you are incredibly experienced, know what to look for, and are willing to raise, feed, and rehome many EXTRA generations of fish to arrive at the desired result, pet store fish are not generally recommended to breed within showing rings.
Honestly, when I initially read Sherolyn's posts, I didn't take them to be rude in tone at all. To me, they seemed confused, actually, as to why the thread is here. That's really all she said, anyway. I guess I was rude in silently agreeing with her, and wondering the same thing myself.
As to talking with one another in here, I am of the opinion that the best way to have a dialogue with someone about something you don't know is to put in a little effort beforehand. Don't know about showing bettas? Look it up. It's all over the place if you just use your friendly neighborhood Google. Educate yourself a little bit, and then maybe you won't get so angry when your questions get answered in a way that you don't like. And instead of the "Evaluate my Fish!" threads (that you see in almost every other section of the site), there will be more discussion on actual shows, actual show standards, show results, and conditioning for shows.
Yes, all of our fish are lovely pets and should be appreciated no matter how well they'd place in shows.
But there are many other places in this forum to show that sort of unconditional love and appreciation.