I am thankful for you, be it member, troll, lurker or poster. I am thankful for you. Most of you who are reading this won’t comment or like because you are readers only. Of the 30-40,000 active users at any given time on this platform, only about 4-500 are actually registered accounts that post . . . and at least 10 people have 10 alt accounts, so the number is even less. It is you, reader, who keeps coming back to the great knowledge threads that makes this place great.
This forum is like a destination city–San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Chicago, Miami-- There are great things to do and see and, if you take a wrong turn, you run into an open drug encampment and get your tires slashed. But the human shit on the sidewalk doesn’t stop millions of people every year from going and seeing the Golden Gate bridge, The Rock and Roll Museum, The Empire State Building and a river dyed green every year.
When you come here to visit, you get to decide if you are going to learn, grow and build friendships or be part of marauding sausage fest that takes great joy in the angst and anger of others. That’s a kink for some of you. Weird, but OK. I am still thankful. I can’t tag as many people as I would like to. Please tag people you are thankful for in your comments.
I am thankful for @Future and @sidco who got together on a one-night stand and had this beautiful internet baby. When I introduced them 5 years ago, I don’t think any of us knew what this collaboration would bring. They have stuck it out and I am so thankful.
I am thankful for @bigm and all the winners and participants in the Member of the Month threads. For you lurkers, consider getting an account just for voting. It is a simple way to acknowledge the people who are contributing here.
I am thankful for the meme warriors who make me smile and laugh and take the extra time to put effort into their ribbing and trolling. @Waxplug1 @SubstituteCreature (and I am out of tags for this post)
I am thankful to the mods who try to keep things tidy around here. (If you are a moderator, would you tag yourself in? I appreciate you)
I am really thankful for meeting you guys in real life. For those of you who came up and introduced yourself in Vegas, thank you for doing that. I love meeting you and seeing you sesh with the peeps. The in-person opportunities are my favorite. You ate food that I made with my hands. That is real and it is what I am here for.
And for you, tens of thousands of readers, I am very thankful for you. Keep coming back!