I've been hanging around forums for a long while and I've joined a whole lot of them in time.
The reason why I come here is to help if I can. There are a lot of things I don't understand like network and stuff but the little I know, I'm willing to share it so it helps people enjoy their Macs, the greatest computer in the whole world.
Why is it the greatest? Because the interface is gorgeous, I can relate, instinctively, to how it works and now that it's using OS X, it's rock steady. And of course, it gets things done! I have never put any M$ software on my Macs and I'm not missing out on anything at all.
Why do I come back here? Well I'm a selfish beast. After helping others (which, for me, takes a lot of stamina), my carrot at the end of the stick is interaction with others. And, to be honest, I wouldn't stay where there is adversity, arrogance, harassment, meanness, obnoxious behaviour, etc. because I don't have to take it. I don't have the choice in the people I work or study with, for example, but when it is my leisure time, I will go where it is fun and where I can feel there is a real kind community.
I like the staff here that handle the forum is a very professional manner. I have been in forums where decisions where taken on the sole criteria of subjectivity, meaning that a given infraction didn't have the same repercussions for everyone and that is very frustrating. Some got away with plenty of stuff, while others would get slapped down for the smallest of offences.
And I also appreciate the fact that for the first time in my forum life, there are a lot of female members that are part of the community, not just drive-by posters that bail out of here as soon as their problem is solved. It really creates a different atmosphere and the simple fact that us girls stay here means that we feel accepted and we can grow in a safe and peaceful environment.
So thank you all for creating this place and making it a cool place to hang out in, day in, day out.