I really don't know where to begin...there's so much
I really like the giving. People here tend to be givers. There's less 'show you how smart I am' here than on some of the other sites. It's people empowering people. I really like the answers that help people to understand why the root cause problem is a problem. Regardless, it's giving and giving is good. Certainly it can be argued that it's not selfless because we get the reward of reputation and badges but ultimately that's not much of a reward. The real reward is when someone comes back and simply says, "Thank you." That's meaningful.
A really have to agree wholeheartedly with @stevematthews post regarding specific forums. I was a regular in a motorcycle racing forum. An unending plethora of template same same response to questions. I just got tired of copy/paste responses. The data seemed to fall into a trap. It was a world of wash, rinse, repeat and that, for me, led to my discovery of this.
No crappy remarks to new users. Rare vitriol. Interaction. Kindness. Giving. Enjoyable interaction with new problems forcing me to research or think. All things that I require to have a positive experience. This site gives me more than quality information and new ideas. It gives me pleasure interacting with a group of individuals that don't hammer me into the dirt when flair my dumb. I can be human here with all of my failings and that's fine.
I would never have been able to stalk @racefever 's blog had I not been here. Yes, it's creepy but hey.
...and yes. Swapmeet.
The depth and breadth of experience in this site is pretty astounding. I've had @zaid walk me through some pretty interesting concepts and he's good at the maths. I've definitely got to call him out on that. He's been a goldmine of great data for me and sent me off into tendrils of threads that I may not have discovered had it not been for him. Dude's next level and I owe him for his patience and kindness to me. Especially when I first arrived and flailed around a quite a bit. Good dude, quality human and a real engineer focused on giving quality answers to OP's. Go look at some of his answers in the activity tab of his profile and get ready to vote because he has some pretty high quality responses.
...but really. If you look at the cross section of people in here. Professional Mechanics, Mechanical Engineers, Security Engineers, Network/Infrastructure Engineers, Hobbyists, Students of Everything all the way to Musicians and English Teachers. This site has a diverse crowd and that's amazing. The communication in chat is out of control good, positive and fun. It's collaborative and there is a feeling of team tackling the questions....and sooo much question asking. Again, humility. It's odd and amazing and rare. Who could ask for more?
Guys like @Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 have tolerated me as a newbie and have paisted dozens if not hundreds of links into chat to help me understand how the site works, where to find this, where to find that. The humanity and patience here with, seemingly, most everybody is an odd thing for me to consume. @BobCross has had my back on some weird ethnic crap that only he spotted and was thoughtful enough to address. That was a truly memorable moment for me here. It was beyond meaningful and really showed the level of emotional depth that's in here. Empathy. It's a rare bird. As well, he has tolerated me spraying stupid on things and patiently cleaned up the mess without making me feel like a dumbass. That's quality.
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@JPhi1618 Run for mod. The site's going to graduate out of beta. Your well socialized and perfect for it. Your mom clearly took you to the dog park when you were a pup.
@JonathanMusso Dude, you're rad and smart. So glad we have met.
@cdunn Your a dork but I'm still the King Dork. Try as you might, my dork will trump your dork all day. Bring it.
@Darth_Vader I AM the droid your looking for.
@RoryAlsop You're a smart mofo with next level skills, respect. Taste the coolant.
You guys are rad. Glad to be here. It's pretty cool being a part of this experiment. It's good and rewarding for me and everyone here makes it that way. It's the giving, goddamnit.