I feel this needs to be said.
I’ve been using the internet and computers since the early '90s and I’ve seen some amazing uses of the technology. I’ve also watched the evolution (if you want to call it that) of how people interact with each other via this medium. There was a time when people were helpful and generally pleasant to deal with, trolling and saying things online to others you wouldn’t have the balls to say to their face didn’t exist yet. I’m pretty tech-savvy but as things changed I found myself less interested in using the technology and less likely to interact with others because of this. Everything seemed to be regressing. Just because there’s some kind of electronic shield or filter between you and someone else doesn’t necessarily give you license to be a colossal a$$hole. A little courtesy goes a long way and sometimes I feel like we’re losing sight of that when I watch the news each day. We don’t all have to agree, we don’t have to believe in the same things, look the same way, etc. etc…our differences is what makes us great as humans. I think all we really need is to afford each other a bit of common courtesy, not respect (like trust, you have to earn that one )
My point in saying all this is, the behavior and interaction of the members in this very forum gives me a bit of hope. I didn’t know what to expect when I registered and didn’t post for long time, I just observed from the shadows. But over time I’ve found that this place is full of interesting and helpful topics and that people here are very willing to assist with any knowledge and information they may have (some of which I’m experiencing firsthand at the moment ). No egos, no BS, no trolling, no smack-talking (unless it’s in jest), just a group of people with some common interests helping each other, sharing stories and having a bit of fun along the way.
In closing, I wanted to offer a sincere and massive "THANK YOU" to everyone here. I tip my hat to each and every one of you. So please take a minute and give yourselves a pat on the back today on me, you’ve most certainly earned it.