Two observations - forums in general can often be perceived as a 'club' with some sort of consensus by new entrants - and that would be a mistake. I have a few thousand posts to my credit, have done a number of events yet don't believe I fully concur with anyone here about everything cycling nor do I 'know'/or have met more than 50 people. Hence a new reader should not assume any such a consensus or drift.
Depending upon the nature of those new entrants (some like to challenge, some to opine, some to watch it all unfold before they contribute), initial perceptions will evolve into a generality about the site and its character. Again it's a notion much like the average man phenomenon - it doesn't actually exist - meet any one of us and you will wonder where you got any of your early perceptions from! Blanketing a forum such as this will always be seen as provocative and encourage defensive but well-meaning responses, in my experience.
Anyway, life goes on - the royal 'we' know you don't care for a Rody-style frame by now (nor me for what it's worth) - fine! What else have you got to contribute that's a tad more positive and upbeat, like a BoTM entry for example??!
PS. No way are we 'cool' here either - except for the bags postings, which were very, very cool and the subsequent moving of the post...
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