The conclusion I have come to after following BP for a few years is that one of the main problems that defeat newcomers is that they are approaching trading from the wrong end.
The first questions that are usually raised are exactly the same type as those that you point out yourself: e.g. are indicators better or worse than PA? Where to find a strategy that “works”? How much can I expect to make in a year? Which timeframe works “best”? etc.
But this is like going shopping for a collection of various machines based on which performs best, which is biggest, which is slickest, etc…and only then deciding what you could make with them.
As any businessman or industrialist will confirm, you first have your business idea, then you analyse its potential, then you decide how to develop it and commercialise it - and then you select the methods how you are going to achieve its potential… and then select the necessary tools that you need for it.
With many newcomers, the only pre-analysis I see is -" I want to make a lot of money".
This pre-analysis also requires consideration of you as the trader. how much time and resources you have for this venture. what are your overall financial objectives both near term and long term, are you looking for a regular steady income or capital building, how often can you monitor positions, how you react to emotional stress, etc.
Then you need to select what type and quantity of markets interest you, are you a specialist in one field with a fundamental analyical bias or a technical trader across 20-30 different securities, etc. Do you wish to preferably hold positions for the big moves or trade in and out for small gains ( i.e. are you more comfortable looking for 100 pips with 1 lot or 10 pips with 10 lots), and so on.
Once you have built a profile of what kind of trader you are and what kind of trading you want to do - then you can start to investigate what tools you will need to achieve this - knowing already what criteria these tools will have to meet. (simple basic example: I need to identify an underlying trend - check out various MA’s).
And then, whatever your choice of business product and model and range of working tools, you still have to design your personalised management systems for controlling risk exposure and managing your cash flow.
One of the best examples on this site of an experienced trader who has gone through precisely this process in the above order is @_Bob and his boxes. it would be worth reading through his thread.
You ask is it likely that experienced traders would offer something for nothing - well that depends what you are looking for. I am sure most consistent traders will agree that the approach that works for them will not necessarily workfor someone else and would not even want to try to offer it for general usage. On the other hand, there are many examples of threads dedicated simply to one particular trading strategy, but I have never come across even one of these that produces consistent, long-term results amongst its followers.
Maybe I am just an old-fashioned, obsolete brand of trader since most Newbies seem to only want a downloadable, fully-automated program that they just plug in, switch on and watch the money roll in without having to understand or study anything much at all. it is hardly surprising that experienced traders are not very inspired to talk with total novices who just want to get in and race without even learning how to drive…
…but I think there are certainly traders willing to give advice and suggestions based on their own experiences that can be of substantial help to Newbies as they tread their own path…