Just a quick observation I noticed after scanning, reading threads and posts, as well as navigating around the site. Not intending to get deep or touchy-feely but I feel the need to share this with you people (gender neutral @Chrisy:) ). I have been on several forums and I have to say that this forum has the most feel of a close-knit community that I have experienced in a long time. On another BB forum I am on, I have rarely ever participated in any non-BB discussions, as many of you may have noticed. The reason being that I had no interest or time and because they most often turn bad or negative. Now I find myself reading everybody's threads and posts, even if I don't have time to comment or vote on each one. This bunch seems to trust each other more and be much tolerant of humor and opinions without feeling insulted or defensive, except for real bashing or troll comments of course. On the other forum there were times when my cynical or sarcastic humor would be incorrectly taken as a negative or insulting, but here you guys/gals instinctively seem to take it as it was intended, knowing that I nor anyone else here would intentionally insult another, unless it was deserved :). There also seems to be more respect for opinions and conduct. Simply put, it's more of a casual, laid back atmosphere, like a group of friends sitting around drinking coffee and expressing their view on life, without fear of attack.
I credit @Lucas for the layout on the forum home page displaying recent discussions, regardless of category, because I normally would not be going to the other categories to read threads. I have previously only frequented PB and 9930 categories on other sites, because that's all I really have time for, but now I see recent discussions of all categories and can't help but checking out all threads because this bunch comes up with such bizarre and eclectic topics:). Kudos to @Lucas and the members here, it's you guys (sorry @Chrisy:( ) that make this Site what it is.