OK, this board has got a big case of the MONDAYS, and we need to all sit back, let the pit mellow down to an orange glow, and remember why we came here in the first place, and the people that kept us here.
I joined the board in December of 2000, and I joined SPECIFICALLY to praise Cervaise on his Telemarketer thread. I was overjoyed that I’d found a witty, sarcastic, intelligent, informative message board to get me through long work days, nights when the cable went out, when I was sick or couldn’t sleep…it was a great place to fart around and make friends.
On September 11 I was scared to death, and it was the giant, joining of informative and sympathetic forces on this board that kept me from going crazy. I remember gobear putting a sympathetic ‘cyber arm’ around my shoulder and promising me I’d be ok.
Fights that resulted in friendships: Hamadryad, i’m looking in your direction, misunderstandings that resulted in smoothed over agreements, BottleBlondeJeanie…it’s been great.
I’ve received advice on everything from depression, to fertility, getting published, to weight loss, to curing stupid back pain (cure? THERE IS NO CURE BWAHAHAHAHHA) to who I should vote for, to how Pigeons Make Nests. I’ve learned almost everything about politics from THIS board. I am a smarter, more openminded, more compassionate person with better debating skills. This board convinced me of how firmly against the death penalty I am, helped me to really stand for something proudly. I introduced you guys to Lieu for chrissake!
I regret things for sure. I regret pitting CrazyCatLady before knowing all the facts, I regret being a strawman in some of my earlier arguements, I regret being oversensitive to certain issues just because I can be, I regret, believe it or not, pitting Duck Duck Goose, and I regret saying cruel things to people just for the cause of being funny.
I read a thread the other day from 1999, in which a poster said “this place has been going downhill for months now, and this is the lowest point”. So I guess it does all go in cycles. Let’s try and start a new, exciting, fun cycle. Not all sunshine and lollypop happy surprise fun forums, but just getting back to the great fun and intelligent discourse we’ve always been capable of.
Now YOU say something nice about the SDMB and who you know here.