Well there are many reasons for joining INACHI now instead of waiting… The argument was made that it would be easier to do the extra courses online now instead of later, and I view that argument as legitimate.
The main alternative to INACHI is of course ASHI…in order to see the benefits page of ASHI membership, you have to actually be a member already so it isn’t overall clear what ASHI even offers to members, but it’s very clear that INACHI as an organization offers alot for me and for my business. And it turns out the school I went to offers a discount for INACHI.
As for the forum there are many people on the forum but only a handful of loud-mouthed, hypocritical, arrogant, disrespectful, annoying ego-maniacs. They are enough to make one not want to join INACHI at all but INACHI is more than just the forum, and afterall these people exist in real life too so we have to deal with them.
I think these kinds of people gravitate to online forums in general because in real life nobody wants anything to do with them. They finally get a chance to pretend to be better than everyone else…Where I’m from we have a name for these kinds of people… And that’s another thing to keep in mind, some people are from different areas where being annoying, full of yourself and disrespectful is normal and nothings ever done about it… The forum has an ignore feature I think thats the best thing to do with them…
So if you’re thinking about joining but not sure because of the very vocal minority of people here I think you should join INACHI is much more than just the forum and remember every time a new person joins you reduce the influence of that group.