I'm not much of a computer-savvy chick. I check my e-mail, this board, and cruise the web a bit and that is it. This message board is the only one I have posted on or been a member of in my life.
I work for an online bookseller, and if sales are slow, or there is a technical glitch, I check the message boards on the sales sites we use to see if anyone else is having a similar issue. I rarely spend longer than 5 minutes on any of these boards. I go in, find what I'm looking for and get out of there -- I have a ton of other things to do at work, thank you.
Today, it took me a little while to find what I was looking for, and I actually read a few of the regular old "I'm-bored-and-this-is-my-regular-board-for-socializing threads". It was awful. These people are so mean, petty and hateful to eachother. The type of threads that I usually view are generally very helpful and kind, but the bulk of what I was seeing in most threads was just unpleasant, to say the least. I thought this might be a fluke, so I checked quite a few threads, even some much older ones -- all of them were the same. Yuck. I mentioned this to my boss. He laughed and joked about me having my head in the sand. "That's mostly all the boards are for. Those people get vicious", was his comment on the matter.
Why am I mentioning this? Because today I had a real wake-up about how wonderful this message board is. I have made nothing but new friends here, and am always happier after a visit to this board. Thank you all for making this place the positive environment it is. You're appreciated.