I wasn't offended pb_lonny, I was a little puzzled by your post initially. It's in the "General Scanning Discussion" forum and I've never known the scanning hobby to be so serious or influential and never thought of scanner listeners as being critiqued by anyone in such a manner. I saw some humor in it and thought I'd play along.Thanks for all the replies, I didn't want to offend anybody but the below post really touches on my point.
The issue / difference is that those other services are not crying out for new members, hams on the other hand are but don't seem to understand that often they are driving people away, not encouraging them in.
Amateur radio is a totally different culture and over the years I've definitely observed the need for improvement in more ways than I can count.