One of the fascinating things about messageboards like this is, that it's all words. You don't see any faces, don't hear a tone of voice, and you don't even get a real name. There's no physical context to shape the conversation. It's all words, words and more words.
These words sometimes behave in a magical way. This is when every poster in a thread writes the right thing, and in doing so stimulates the general flow. An individual post doesn't necessarily have to be profound, or humorous, or anything like that -- it just has to be right.
A post is just right when it inspires others to respond in an inspiring way. Then the stream of words becomes alive, and can suddenly speak in marvelous tongues. Everything within the thread communicates something. Something inspiring, something profound, something simple. The thread can become something wonderfully mysterious.
On the other hand, a post is wrong when it grinds the flow to a halt. Not necessarily in the form no responses. It can also manifest in long-winded arguments about nothing at all (empty abstractions) and a rise in the general feeling of self-importance of the posters. It becomes about the individual post, as opposed to the great flow and aliveness in the exchange of words as such.
I am both new and old on this board. I've been lurking for many years. Now I want to participate, and I want to participate in a right way. I want to inspire and to be inspired, and I want to become increasingly aware of, when- and how I'm doing it wrong, so I can correct my own approach when it needs correction. Just as I want in real life.
What do you want from these boards?