I've been thinking about ADISC a lot recently. As Charlie and I's relationship moves onwards, I'm drawn to analysing the routes of it, which brings me to ADISC.
I've noticed that ADISC seems to be a bit of a rag-tag bunch of folk. I think we all love to have a bit of drama here, and argue amongst ourselves, but if someone from 'outside' ADISC poses a threat to one of our members (or the site itself) we seem to rally together against them.
I think one of the common threads amongst most of the members here is a sense of vulnerability. Everyone here is a bit kooky, a bit special, unique. And I feel that that makes the majority of members vulnerable, emotionally, sometimes physically, to others in our lives.
I think that there's a much higher percentage of people here (or active users) who are struggling with issues in their day to day lives, stemming from a vulnerability, than there are in the general population. Is this related to AB/DLism? Is it just the culture that we've created at ADISC that encourages people with these problems to come here? Or is it that we're just so accepting and encouraging that people can be more open here than they would be otherwise?