Ok, I am a frequent visitor to lots of different forums on the net: bass, photography, divingwatches, vintage cars, motorcycles, music in general etc. The one thing that strikes me when I post questions and comments on those forums is that the replies to my questions are often with a "not nice, not kind" feeling. Like "stupid question, stop wasting my time!" kind of attitude.. On the other hand when I post here on Talkbass, I always get nice humble opinions and helpful advice. This has got me thinking that perhaps this has got something to do with the bassists role in the band.. getting it together. This role demands a certain way of thinking which in a way reflects the answers and feelings expressed here. The same thing is experienced when I come to a gig where another band is abuot to play as well, and we (in our band) are playing their rigs. As always the bassist is nice and gentle, while the drummer (of the other band) is going "dont change this, dont move those etc etc" the guitarrists are also more of that unkind kind. This never happened to me as a bassist. More often we bassists end up discussing important stuff like gear, influences, what audience we can expect etc. Perhaps this nice approach has got to do with the lower frequency of our thicker strings, and more relaxed feeling in general? What do you think? Sorry, this got long.. hope I got my point through! Note: Not all replies i have got from other forums have been unkind, BUT I have never received an unkind answer here!