Hi, JcSuperstar and Retro -
My several years of suttas discussion with friends and friendly foes teached me the followings:
1. Less than half of them were comfortable reading the suttas by themselves. Yet, when I tried to give some guidance (or suggestion), they often disagreed.
2. Among those who thought they clearly understood a given sutta, they did not understand it the same way (sometimes, the difference was large).
3. Only a few participants could do cross-referencing. Only a few remembered their own conclusion they gave the last time.
4. More than half of the participants preferred the touch-and-go chatting rather than researching and asking questions in order to understand more.
So I sincerely hope the members of this discussion group are different.