I got involved with an EverQuest messageboard for a while. Even after I stopped playing the game, I’d still post there, as they had an interesting science fiction/fantasy discussion board. Unfortunetly, it got over-run with munchkins, and I got sick of seeing so many posts that read something like “tolkeen was so borng he shud have more dark elfs like drizt in his next book”
About that time, Fox aired its infamous Apollo Moon Hoax “documentary,” which a few of my friends swallowed a bit to readily, and I started looking around the web for ammo for our next argument. That’s how I found www.badastronomy.com, and a link to a thread discussing the TV show on the boards here. It was pretty cool: a messageboard where people could discuss any subject under the sun reasonably, intelligently, and with incredibly hilarious profanity. I lurked for a while, posted once in GD and got yelled at, and have been hooked ever since.
So, if you want to know who to blame for me being here, blame Phil Plait. It’s all his fault.