The MMP is a thread full of mundanity that’s too mundane for a bunch of separate threads. So we dump it all in one. Those of us who post regularly use it to keep up on each other’s lives and just sorta hang out. You’ll notice that we rarely follow a topic, although the OP often inspires ideas and memories and multiple hijacks.
So, yeah, Fresh Fish would work. But it helps if you volunteer ahead of time since we have an unofficial schedule of sorts. Come join us - it’s fun.
It’s just a place for us to have a sort of online community-within-a-community,. Recently I have posted there about a job application, about a video I found on youtube, about my driver’s ed test - all kinds of stuff. And other people share.
We support each other and wish each other well. We whine to each other. We like this way of keeping up on each others’ lives.
I am sort of part of the core group. Weeks go by when I don’t post but I’m always welcomed back with open arms and smiles. It’s nice, ya know?
The MMP is pretty much as close as the Straight Dope can get to a chat room or blog. A place where the “rules” (as well as people’s attitudes) can be relaxed a bit, and people can get the opportunity to learn more about each other, in a friendship-based way. It can serve as a personal diary, a chat log, a ranting forum, a place to garner and give sympathy, to give each other bizarre nicknames… Plus, like meeks (Anaamika) said, it’s nice to have a place where people actually remember more about you than your username!
Come on over and jump in! I’m new to dope and the MMP group, but they are great. And to be honest, I didn’t read all of the pages before jumping in. Oh, and remember to bring chocolate for FairyChatMom.