What do you get out of it, like the most and like the least? Do you hang out online a lot and if so, why?
Sometimes my husband says “WTF is wrong with you, Fruitbat2? So someone on the internet was WRONG. Damn, shut up. Go clean something.”
So, while I see his point in a way lol… I have a thing for forums. Especially on days when I just do not feel good and want some low key company (I have a fair number of headache days where I’m just not up for much). Then, especially, I like to hang out and chat.
What I like the best are of course the funny stuff and the shocking stuff and finding people who I feel like “get me.” Don’t we all?
What I like the least is that, well, you know how it is… You coast along happily for a while then -bam!- someone smacks you upside the head and you have no idea what hit you lolol. So then, of course, you are the bigger person and just move along. For about three minutes, then you go back and give them a nice little jab back. And then. It’s on. (Whether they know it or not!) Then you wonder why you did not just shut up and go clean something. Sigh. Will we ever learn? I mean, really?
However, I have to say through the years I have learned SO much from those viewpoints that are wildly different from mine. Although sometimes it would be nice if they communicated in a bit softer way than vomiting their pent up, toxic rage in your face. Just sayin’.
So it reminds me of jobs. One year someone is your sworn enemy, the next year they are your best buddy. shrug
I don’t use any other forums like I do the SDMB. I come here because in general the quality of the conversation is excellent, even when views differ. I also learn a lot here about subjects that are outside the normal scope of my profession and interests, and I love learning stuff.
Also, and not least, aye, the Dope feels like a place where I hang out with my kind of people.
I used to belong to some Mac forums (such as MacFixIt) until they were taken over. I belong to a scambaiter site (and love ordering pizzas from scammers at 4:00 a.m. their time). And I’m mainly a lurker here.
This. (Heck, I am married to a Doper–Andy L.) Also, when I was in high school we had some great class discussions and I couldn’t always put in my two cents worth because there just wasn’t enough time. Now I can.
This is quickly becoming the only place I will comment on line. Even if my views differ, I never feel like I’m attacked for it. Folks here still have manners and not so narrow minds like some of the other boards.
I come here to get a headache trying to understand black holes/time travel and other astrophysics topics. If I won the lottery I’d go back to college and take enough math/physics to finally get a handle on it!
This is pretty much the only forum I visit regularly (with occasional forays into the madness that is the Giraffe Boards and TDPRI- guitar forum). Mostly because I want to learn something or have a question about something that I can’t google. I like many of the posters here and just …stayed. What got me here was “The Horror of Blimps.”