Let me start by saying that I'm not a social medial type of chap. I'm not on face book, twitter or any other such platform, I don't own a smart phone and never have (probably never will). But I have been a member of a number of forums on various topics over the years and aside from this forum I'm a regular on one other. Most of those other forums that I have joined, then subsequently left have been due in a large part to the character (or lack there of) of those members and moderators and how they express themselves. So why do I like this forum?
Aside from the obvious shared interest etc. I have to say that both the moderators and members here are kind, thoughtful, polite, supportive and inclusive. I find there is little criticism, anger or unpleasantness. On the odd occasion when someone slightly steps over the mark, it's often followed by a sincere apology and/or clarification, surely the sign of a true gentlemen (or lady).
There is enough unpleasantness in the world around us without seeking it out or expressing it on a forum, so when I turn up here on this forum, I do it in the hopes of it bringing me a little happiness and joy to my life and over the last year this forum, it's members and moderators, have done just that.
Aside from all that, what I'm most impressed with is how everyone puts up with all my ramblings and tolerate my little eccentricities...
So my heartfelt gratitude to you all.