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25 Mar 2003

Why Do Forumers Forum?
I wonder what makes me come to the site to post my messages. I know I like to help people. I like having a little soap box where I can have my say too, but most people I know are not even interested in internet forums. I hate the "Is it normal question?" But I can't help wondering if there is a certain kind of person or whether generally people with a certain predominant personality trait frequent forums. Do you know of any research done?

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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Dang it ! The perils of this new ultra-powerful ultra-fast computer is that if one accidentally taps the wrong key, one can lose an entire carefully though-out reply, irretrievably !
Anyhow, as I was saying before I lost the message --- I have discussed such issues with colleagues in the USA who are also interested in cyber-psychology, and there seems to be no good research on the issue you raise. It'd be hard to research, because of the format and the anonymity we usefully provide ; and even if one relied on volunteers to answer a questionnaire, they'd be unlikely to be representative of the majoirty of messagers and lurkers !
Having started this Forum on the web years ago when it was a very new and original idea, I am really pleased with the way it has shaped up --- with the substantial number of regulars we have, who are sincere and kindly people ; and with how rare it is for us to be visited by the nasty and malicious types who frequent other Fora, and also how very few are the fluffy / flirty / flitty types also common in other Forums. I think such a group of decent folks tend to attract similar people, to visit and stay !
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