Originally posted by Akumulator
I've always felt that anyone who found status in online forums kind of sad. I'm not targeting you, CosmoNut... just found the quote relevant to the changes.
No offense taken. I do think, though, that someone's longevity here *can* be a good indicator of experience. Someone who's "been around the block" here may have a unique perspective on these forums, it's trends, and its history.
Honestly, who has a better idea of how AO's feel has changed? Someone who has 2500 posts but has only been here 6 months, or someone with 1500 posts who has been here for 2 years?
How many people remember when there was NO 'OS X' forum? When there WAS a 'Future Software' forum? When 'Genius Bar' wasn't called that?
I have always used the name 'CosmoNut' because that's what everyone knows me by. Yeah, I could have changed it long ago, because I don't use that name anywhere else but here. But that's what I've been, and that's what I will continue to be. I'm just trying to offer some perspective for those who think post counts are so important, or those who think that there is no reason to consider someone's longevity or status here.
I got a lot of mean comments from people when I started a thread long ago commenting on people's ages here. Apparently a 14 year old should be considered the same as a 35 year old. THEY'RE NOT! You don't know how often I click on someone's profile to find out how old they are, because their life's experience DOES have an impact on how/what they post here.
A lot of people give quagmire a hard time here, but I cut him a lot of slack because he's 14 and I'm 24. He hasn't experienced high school, college, or having a full-time job. In the same light, I am always interested to hear what those older than me here have to say. I don't have kids, so I like hearing murbot and other parents' perspectives on life, children, careers, and so on.
We're not just user names here, people. We're a blend of cultures, ages, genders, and more. Some have been here longer than others, and I think that's important to know. How many posts a person has seems a lot less important.