If it's crap ... We'll tell you
How open and welcoming are we, the forum users, to new comers?
Is the low bullshit tolerance level that flows through the threads a bad thing?
What was your first posting experience like?
Why do you stick around?
Personally I did a fair bit of lurking. Testing the water to see how the place worked, then began posting. Most users are fair, some harsh, but fair.
The reason I ask is a new member just sent me a friend request telling me to 'fuck off' and that he would make sure I never get to see any of his posts again in the future. Seems like a nice guy.
It doesn't cost anything to be polite, but on the other hand... some people are just dumb as fuck, and need to be called out on it. I'm not overly keen on people who go all guns blazing on a noob for a relatively minor offence, mainly cos it strikes me as attention seeking, but thick skin is required when swimming in these savage internet waters...
I think a bigger threat to the popularity of these forums is an occasional lack of interesting new threads, and keeping the balance between good threads and stupid/boring ones which will clearly go nowhere on the right track.
I lurked for a while before posting in the forums. While I couldn't discern the exact etiquette observed around here, I did notice a trend in the communication dynamics between members: people are often held accountable for what they say. Which means that those talking out of their asses are quickly (and sometimes harshly) corrected. I can't say I've seen many instances where the person receiving the rebuke turned around and became friends with those calling them out, but by the same token, I haven't seen many instances where constructive criticism was met with a mature and even-toned response. Therefore, I don't see it as a bad thing - quite the opposite, in fact.
@Woosp, I can wink, but I'm not Korean though. However, I'm intrigued as to how these experiments work.
its simply amazing, you wink then ask the child to do it. They fail. Laughter ensues.
I always seem to miss the damn drama.
One word describes my first posting experience: Kent.
The reason I stayed was for the fun I had fighting Kent and my eventual realization that everyone seemed to loathe Kent equal to, if not more, than I do. That sense of community is a thing to cherish.
...Also, the cool cats that I like to say I've made friends with are also the reason why I've stuck around. You know who you are.