If you are new to BG, its a much more seemless experience to get in and start enjoying it.
^ That was exactly the point I tried to make above. BG EE is just convenient for somebody who doesn't wanna bother with mods and all the complications that could bring.
No, on the contrary you are wrong. The baldursgate forum is a fan forum for... guess what? Baldur's Gate games, and the main hangout of all things BG:EE. Of course it is biased. It is absolutely biased. On the other hand, GOG is dedicated to all classic games, not just BG. This forum has it's share of those who hate and love the game. The difference is that you will only get praise for BG:EE if you go to that other forum and ask 'what is it like?' Here, you will get a far fairer view, like it or not.
And of course it is the top search for Google. Why do you think that is? I'll leave you to work it out.
You are clearly very set in your opinions and I will not be able to persuade you otherwise. I will however just defend the Baldur's Gate forum because your argument is very unfair. I wonder if you've even visited it and taken the time to actually find out what it's about.
It is a Baldur's Gate forum, not a BG EE forum. People talk about BG issues, not specifically BG EE issues. There's even threads about IWD, PnP D&D and other totally random topics... so no it's NOT a BG EE fan forum, and it IS the best BG community I have found anywhere, who welcomed me into their ranks when I approached them with questions about BG 1 Vanilla as a total noob to the game.
Sure GoG is dedicated to all sorts of classic games, but this thread is in the Baldur's Gate section... so I doubt anyone who hates or is indifferent to Baldur's Gate would bother check up on what's said here. I for one have only ever checked threads in this section and the IWD section.