it's sad, you lost the joy of participating...
I think it's like it is always in life: individuals create individual experience.
Only to let you know my general attitude towards "Chatter", I quote myself from another thread:
(I don't like too much judging about personal statements...)
"It's friendly talk to (mostly) friendly people. You are free to learn something from their life(style) and thinking. Even if one is not interested in a specific theme, one could estimate the possibility to "jump into". FPN is international - maybe somewhere in the world one is curious about a theme you think of as pollution...
And there are also a lot of "useless" threads on fountainpens, if you ask me...why do some people always FEEL THE NEED
to bash the CHATTER people around? Mixing them up, trolling around, causing trouble, WHY?
We never needed such strict chatter rules, if the screaming kind of people simply would stay out, leaving the chattering freaks alone....
LIVE AND LET LIVE!
I answered to someone who talked about "Chatter" as polluting FPN. My answer was a little bit counter - offensive , I fear.
To answer YOUR statement: I understand your frustration, but I am a "free speech freak" and after a year and a half of participating I learned to enjoy some "strange" chatter topics. If I'm not interested, I'm free to ignore...
People from all over the world are gathering here, sharing thoughts, questions, knowledge and sometimes feelings.
I appreciate that. Maybe for some people (like me) it's the only internet forum they are using on a daily basis. The mix of male and female mind, newbies and elders, brand focus vs. ink, penmanship, paper focus, the mix of nationality and culture - don't you think it's amazing, that it works?
I second your frustration about members, who want to stay too anonymous (faceless). IMO some show a lack of commitment, only want to grab information, but others are really anxious to show up in public (and the WWW is more publicity, than one could ever control...). As you probably know, there are more and more search engines to find out data about individuals. In Germany we get more and more warnings, not to open up too much personal information in the web. I'm sometimes concerned, when opening up here... ...it's a tightrope walk...
I hope you will overcome your frustration and "come back" some time. I had my commitment-crisis half a year ago after the annoying crash with a former (faceless) mod. "With a little help of my friends" I could go through my frustration and regain the joy and fun being a (chattering ) member.
I saw you have 370 posts, a committed member. Wouldn't it be a pity loosing you now?
Edited: grammar problems...what else
Edited by Gehaha, 14 April 2009 - 23:00.