I’ve just posted a thread about old sites and people who made a difference to me when I first logged on to the Internet way back when. Such people as Bittergrey, Toddler and his wife Pidge, and Pampers had a great impact on me at a difficult time of self-exploration.
While not exactly the heroes of yesterday folks like Peachy, Trevor, h3g3l, and Slang stand out to me here. They have some quality like;
Peachy, - with his fair and balanced approach to opinions,
Trevor – who for all I know could be 13 or 113 has an old soul that occasionally comes through in his writings enough to make me pay attention to him as though he were an honored elder,
h3g3l – who strikes me as an intellectual and in private conversation never fails to impress with his insight and understanding (although publicly can be a bit raunchy for my tastes), and
Slag – in whom I see a depth that is often over shadowed by raw zeal and unabashed honesty that is, at times, as subtle as an arrow aimed for the heart. Yeah that is it. In Slang I see heart, like Rocky without the boxing gloves.
Who are the heroes’s to people just logging on and finding that they are not alone in the universe going to be today? Have you ever thought that you may be one to someone now?
I hate to treat this like a sermon, but consider this. The way you treat a Newbie as they first enter this site will make an impression be it for their good or their detriment is up to you. Are you willing to be a mentor and hero to someone, or would you rather be the cool guy with the sharp comeback that tears them to shreds?