a reply to: highfromphoenix
I have been here for eight years.
When I first joined, I had no clue how to even lay a post out with the correct format. Blocks of text without paragraph spacing, rambling run on
sentences even longer than the ones which I use these days, and awestruck fumbling came together to make my contributions no where near as polished as
they are at the moment.
I read, I learned, and I persevered. Anyone who has been here for a significant amount of time has done the same to one degree or another, and the
process has a value all of its own. There is no replacement for experience. By that, I do not mean to suggest, nor do I believe that a new members
posts are automatically going to be worth less than a new members posts. What I mean, is that new members tend to be more vitriolic, and less ready to
debate. There is a Twitterishness to the contributions of some newer members, for a few months or so, and so although their points might be solid,
they do not tend to delve as deeply as older members.
Of course, my particular attitude to this site, is that merit belongs where it is due, regardless of such things, however, I can understand that some
might take a different view. Personally speaking, I have always enjoyed interacting with the broad range of members here, from the very freshest and
newest, to the old hands. There is a great deal of value in engaging newer members in debate, some of which is related to their newness, the rawness
of their delivery. Some of that value though, is in being able to pass on the things that we have all learned here over the years.
We must be determined to learn from, and offer knowledge to, new intake, otherwise the site will stagnate, and this place that we all know and love
will become a duller affair than has been the case over the course of my time here. Such a thing would be a terrible occurrence to behold.
On a personal note, I like what you do, and would like to see you do it more around here. We would be the worse for your absence if you left.