It kinda was. A lot of my 3.x experience predated even looking for stuff online and I literally worked for an ISP/ web hosting company for most of that. .the Internet was a very different thing back thenWasn't meant to be offensive but we're in the minority by posting here on ENworld or old WotC forums.
You'll absorb stuff every if you don't directly experience it just by posting and reading what others say.
Most of us are also veterans of multiple editions.