My name is Jennifer and I found this forum from a mention in a post at PoolForum. I'm so glad that you started this site, because I found it frustrating reading there and not being able to post.
My husband insisted on purchasing a home with a pool 2 years ago. For the first year, we had a pool guy. Then my husband got cheap and let him go. Apparently, the green swamp in our backyard didn't motivate him to learn about pool care (or maybe he is just really effective at passive-aggression) so I decided to start researching how to care for our pool on the internet. We spent a week doing it Leslie's way. It was very expensive and our pool was still green. Now we are doing it BBB. So far, it has been much more effective.
We have a 17,000 gunite, black plaster pool. We can't swim in it yet. . . but it is getting there.