> Paola De Leon Wrote:
> Been lurking for a while. Just got an account today. I'm on all kinds
> of forums for all kinds of interests that I have, but this is by far the
> strangest I've ever seen on many levels.
> First off, it seems to have an interface from about 2002.
> Secondly, I've never been on a forum where reCAPTCHA verification was
> mandated for every post (maybe because I'm new?).
> Thirdly, it seems the Off-Topic forum is a place where people simply
> argue, and appears to be dominated by a couple of old, angry,
> conservative, dull-normal white men (though those who aren't that, and
> who argue with the aforementioned stupidity are greatly appreciated by
> this girl).
> All said, this is a great resource. I've learned a lot, and I wanted to
> make a couple of posts to say "hi".
1) Flat view is critical. Otherwise, I actually really appreciate the format of this site as opposed to many other forums, none of the obnoxious signatures and emoji gifs, username pics with avatars nor big fat blocks for each post etc. It's simple and rather elegant. I prefer its 2002 style and think it's aged a lot better than the 2008 style format everyone else still uses.
2) you shouldn't need verification for posts if you're signed into an account. maybe you need to verify your account?
3) Yeah, it wasn't always that way, it used to be a place full of offbeat humor and discussions about silly little motorcykes and scooters that weren't mopeds. but the dull feisty fussy few were so prolific, and the argumentative state of really all forums and online discussions over the past few years so dominant, that it's now all that's left of off-topic. I'm sad to see it so quickly recognized by newcomers.