Well, I tried to send a long post into that avatar/subscription thread and the damn thing got locked by the time I finished. I've rewritten my thoughts so the mods don't see it as some sort of smartass attempt to have the last word, instead I'd like to hear why you guys keep coming back. No whining, no bitching, just warm, fuzzy goodness So here goes.... Why I love TalkBass. Having toyed with various forums over the years, when I stumbled across this place, I knew straight away there was something different here. Folk were very kind to me and despite the odd 'noob' jibe, nothing ever felt venomous or unnecessarily vitriolic. I cannot begin to tell you how much my playing has improved, my knowledge about gear has grown and I have been exposed to a whole range of new musical experiences. I'll be honest with you, this place made me fall in love with the bass all over again. Reading posts and threads from seasoned veterans and bedroom kids alike, made me feel good about what I did musically. Then there is OT. Most forums have an off-topic section, but none are fit to lick the boots of TBOT. But of course, there are the friendships. There are literally dozens and dozens of guys and girls here from all over the world, who I would be proud and honoured to share a beer with one day, though the sad reality is that most of these friendships will probably only ever be virtual. Sure there are a few asshats and grinches, but I would number those as less than 1% of the general population. TalkBass is different. It is special. Cherish it.