I must say that this forum is probably one of the nicest places online I've ever visited. No fighting. Obviously, there are disagreements but everything is done civilly and humorously. Quite extraordinary to think that it's these very SW films that brought this community together, who are diverse, educated, witty, etc. It astounds me that it's this "low culture" of films that brought such a nice, cosmopolitan group of people together.
Ironically, in my experience the "high culture" forums have brought out of the meanest and nastiest parts of human nature. Philosophy, art films, performance arts; people in those forums are generally often extremely unkind, antisocial, bitter, condescending, hierarchical, etc. When I visited Criterion Film forums, those bastards were damn mean and pompous. I almost cried. Seriously. :o The mods PMed me and told me not to mind them. I never visited those places again but felt disappointed that I couldn't find an outlet to discuss the very intriguing issues that have triggered so many thoughts I would like to share with others.
When it comes to women's forums such as fashion and stuff you guys would cringe at, 70% of the people are wonderful. 30% of them are resentful, envious, judgmental, etc. and cause enough havoc to make the 70% of the nice people disappear. But through those forums I've made great friends. It's amazing how our interests bring us friendships with people who are just right for us. Personally, I feel just as comfortable here or women's forums. Obviously, there will be things I can only talk to women about that I won't share with you guys, unless you held a gun to my head.
So... tell me... which are your best and worst forum experiences? Time to bitch about that bastard who hazed you in the C++ forum. And time to praise the friends you've made.
The worst forums ever (my experience):
1) IRC Undernet #Philosophy channel - what a bunch of freaks!
3) Lonely Planet travel forums - terrible, terrible, terrible!
4)... I give up on the list.. too many
People who got along:
2) A forum that no longer exists but was once dedicated to Everlast, a.k.a. Erik Schrody - I was so surprised that no one argued, everyone got along, were able to discuss serious topics without killing each other.
And if any of you mention chezleevancleef.com, I have a couple of aspirin bottles next to me