Nial, you've brought up a very good point, but since you raised the question of breeders' forums, I have to ask how much of a role competition and envy play? As far as cliques are concerned, many posters might not believe it when I say that I often don't feel like I belong to the "inner circle", despite being a mod and a 4-year-+ member? I spend a lot of time here, and review threads and posts in IMO, and am familiar with so many members who've been participating for a long time, the other mods or administrators, and the subscribers who participate in the Premier Lounge. Yosemite/Linda has already posted in the same vein. Yes, I have a lot of gifts displayed, but quite a number of them were sent as "payback", because I make an attempt to use the points I "earn" from posts or moderating to present gifts to members who only post in certain forums. There are threads I don't post in because I don't know how the OP will respond to my cynicism/liberalism/just plain contrariness, while I'll post in threads started by people who know me well enough to recognize that sometimes I'm just in a provocative mood. There are myriad reasons why some posts don't receive the desired response, so please don't take the lack thereof too personally!
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3/5/07 at 1:33pm