Wargasm wrote:I'm sure my own contributions to the discussion were small, but it's nice to find one of the ten internet forums remaining where peoples' post are judged by things other than the post count of the contributor. :p
I guarantee you that there are many more than ten. I've been involved with several small and tight-knit communities in the past. You have to seek them out, but these small little bubbles are more common than you think.
The fundamental issue is size. When a community is small, people tend to know each other and judge based on merits rather than on prestige. The big forums - which of course are the ones you're most likely to stumble upon - are often so large that the community is amorphous. On a small forum like this, we're more "pseudonymous" than anonymous. Even though no one knows who "Darvin" is IRL, you all have a sense of my character; my pseudonym has an identity of its own.