Recent threads and posts made me feel the need to write this.
Many online forums I have encountered either have admins who are rude from the get-go, the members are heavily closed minded, or politically they stand strongly democratic. The admins here certainly have been welcoming. Some of the members here are good, others questionable but most have been good. The first online forum I joined was a music forum entitled The Range Place in 2011. During my tenure on that forum it started out much like some of what I've seen on here recently through posts. While that forum is defunct now (a majority of the members AND admin were jackasses) thank god it was a music forum where it sparked my interests and thought I could make some good friends on there. Should've thought twice.
My voice was not heard and my presence was not seen. Any of my thoughts were automatically considered poison and pretty much all the users went on the defensive. I tried making peace with the others on there but no prevail. Second forum I went on, [Removed] I had a good run on there, the political views were mixed but did not lean to one side. Soon my reputation on that site started to get attacked and I went down the tubes.
I'm hoping the same does not happen here. Of course I've tried other forums such as Music Barter and CoolRom, but the topics there have either lost my interest or I just drifted away.