Thread subtitle: Help my wife to understand my addiction.
On several occasions, my wife has asked me what the SDMB is and why I post here. I try to give her an idea, but it always makes me sound like a bigger geek than I already am.
I guess it helps to understand that she hates computers. Can’t see why I spend hours a day in front of one.
I’ve tried the simple: “It’s a message board”, that’s never adequate.
I’ve tried to put it in terms she might have heard: “It’s sorta kinda like a chat room, except not really”, she hears chat room and remembers those “on-line affair” stories, instantly gives me the evil-eye.
I’ve tried going for completeness: “It’s an online forum where a diverse and extremely attractive group of people post questions and messages for others to read and reply …”, I get tuned out after “online”.
I think she’s starting to get the picture, now she just can’t see why people bother.
So how would you describe this place to someone unfamiliar with the whole scene?