All themes aside I believe forums are a gathering place for people to meet & greet & learn... like a school. Just like life you can make freinds or break-up freindships or become "more than just freinds" :wink: ....... Some will say having a life on the Net is not a "real" life. Give me a break it's a part of "real " life 'cause there is interaction everywhere w/ real people! You think you're talking to programmed robots? Adding the Theme of the forum to the story makes all the difference. Of course the theme is going to attract certain people who have something in common or are "like-minded"(for lack of a better phrase)..... But even amoung like-minded people I see differences. Some differences vary to the extreme and people can actually become the opposite of buddies(enemies).. that's what I don't get! "We hope you go die" --- a quote from a forum where people who are into similar types of music convene. I saw this & can only wonder why.... 'Cause forums are tricky(for lack of a better word) to say the least. People have even been known to gang up on someone to make them look bad! I don't get it...... I was taught never to take things too seriously on the net. But people do..... so maybe that saying doesen't apply specifically to forums. The Net has all kinds of other purposes. So in summary forums are great to me..... but that's just me. I see others having hard times or even being hurt at certain forums(flame wars / trolling occurs most every forum). I had a freind who took nothing seriously and went to a racing forum by the name xanax.... he knew more about cars & was able to communicate w/ them but they judged him by the SN & he was banned(eventually).... I don't know what he told them but it was all a big joke to him(he was just copying me). Is it all just one big joke?