At 4/4/11 10:56 AM, SkeletonGimp wrote:
What ever you do, don't bother with trying to make a name for yourself in the Politics or Writer's Forum. I hear no-one cares who's who in those forums ;D
Politics isn't so bad if you regular there, and post competently. It can work with any new user. That's really all they ask, and the folks in the lounge thread are actually very friendly to those that know when to debate and when to relax. I haven't even been there in a long time and I can safely vouch for that without fear of being hypocritical.
A lot of people, myself included, are quick to get snarky about the Politics forum. It is however one of the few places I've ever seen online where definite right-wingers can get on moderately well and maturely with definite left-wingers. Not many forums accomodate for that. I sometimes just wish I were a good debater, because despite what some may think (or in confirmation), I'm dreadful at politics.
Writing is a little more obvious. I maintain that I wished that they had thought it over a little more. Not that I'm angry or annoyed or anything. Few attempts at standardisation though has lead to over a year of squabbling over standards, which often unfortunately comes out very snobbishly at times. Some people want to be overly harsh to everyone to force the messge home, wheras I am always more than likely to lay it on lightly. That applies to when I read stuff lightly here (admittedly not happened regularly in a long time) or when I'm doing stuff academically.
There's also the point that more 'experienced' writers (whether that mean they've been here for a long time, or maybe they've been published once or twice) tend to act very... you know, and lesser-knowns have, in my experience with the forum, the tendency to just follow them. This is regardless of whether or not the 'experienced' is actually good or, in my honest opinion, a little overrated. That is the point of the Writing forum after all.
Can I make a point about Wi/Ht being close-knit now too!?