Senior members, how, if any, has your posting here changed you?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Inspector Hammer!, Apr 13, 2002.

  1. Inspector Hammer!

    Inspector Hammer! Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 1999
    Messages:
    11,061
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Houston, Texas
    Real Name:
    John Williamson
    When I say senior members, I mean those with 2000 or more posts.
    Do you find that you are a lot more patient, calm, and mature in your posting and how you deal with others in general since you first joined the HTF?
    For me, I would definatly say that I have changed since joining. When I first joined I was more aggressive, and at times out of line, especially my very first post:b, it actually caught the attention of Ron, and not in a positive way either. Looking back on what I said, I am damn surprised to still be here!
    I have now amassed almost 3K posts, and I find that now that i'm familliar with the way things work around here, I know when to press an issue, and more importantly, when to back off and just plain shut the hell up! [​IMG] I have gotten myself into a very comfortable rythym in my postings I think, and can easily talk to the other members and come accross as myself and not pretend to be smarter than I actually am.
    Posting here has also helped me in my daily life in general in a couple of ways...
    1. I have learned to be a better typest as a result of posting here, sure I could type before I joined, but I hunted and pecked a lot more than I do now.
    2. Also, and this is what i'm most greatful for, the way I present myself here has spilled over into how I deal with people in person as well. In short, because of this forums strict policies on treating others with patience and respect, it has conditioned me to be more patient with people when I speak to them in my daily life, not that I didn't before, but i've become more tolerable of people I think.
    Some of that may sound absurd, but you must understand that this forum was my first experience with the internet, well actually it was in the 'DVD Resource Page', but that was right before it went down so I don't really count that, I only had a handful of posts there. And it was also my fist time interacting with a large group of people in quite some time, since school actually.
    When I joined, my social skills were for shit! [​IMG]
    In closing, I must say that i'm very thankful for the lessons i've learned here, even the bad ones, they've made me a better person both here, and in the world I think.
    Thanks Home Theater Forum. [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. Thi Them

    Thi Them Producer

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 1999
    Messages:
    3,649
    Likes Received:
    0
    I've found that I have talked less and less about The Iron Giant.

    ~T
     
  3. KyleK

    KyleK Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2001
    Messages:
    438
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have found that it is a lot easier to get hot women![​IMG]
    *Runs away as someone notices post count*
     
  4. Mark Larson

    Mark Larson Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2002
    Messages:
    537
    Likes Received:
    0
     
  5. Sean Conklin

    Sean Conklin Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2000
    Messages:
    1,720
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hi John!
    Yes I have matured myself since I first joined, I have become way more relaxed and passive, I just don't sweat the small shit anymore, although I will indulge in a good OAR debate! Oh, there was the one time in the midst of my seniority and maturity that I logged on after putting a few brews down(I usually don't drink) and posted something obscene and got banned for a while :b you probably remember that.
    Other than that I am a lot more reserved and less argumentative than I used to be, unless it is necessary during a good OAR debate! Even then I always follow the rules.
    I always have and always will love the HTF!
    A big thanks from me too HTF!!! [​IMG]
     
  6. Jeffrey Forner

    Jeffrey Forner Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 1999
    Messages:
    1,117
    Likes Received:
    0
    How has this forum changed me? Well, I'm not sure if this is a direct result of my participation here, but I have become much more opinionated since I joined. I used to be a very wishy-washy, Oh-I-could-see-it-both-ways kind of guy. Now I'm much more apt to take a stand on something, be it related to home theater, politics, life, and any other facet of the world that polarizes people. I suppose the necessity of voicing opinions and the need to back it up with convinction forces you to take sides.

    Has this made me a better person? I think so. Being able to define your beliefs makes it easier to understand yourself and relay that persona to other people. So in that way, I've benefited.

    Thankfully, I don't think I have lost my ability to listen and learn when appropriate. I would hate to become one of those people who thinks he knows everything and holds it over people like piano hanging on a thin rope. Being opinionated is one thing, but being opinionated while being patient, tolerant, and smart takes you into another league altogether.
     
  7. Steven Simon

    Steven Simon Producer

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 1998
    Messages:
    3,276
    Likes Received:
    7
    Real Name:
    Steven Simon
    [​IMG]
     
  8. Rain

    Rain Producer

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2001
    Messages:
    5,015
    Likes Received:
    0
    Well, I've only been here for just over a year, but I've learned so much about the topics we discuss here. Probably more than I could have learned elsewhere in the same space of time. And there is still so much more to learn!
    I've also made some great friends here on HTF. I won't name names, but they know who they are. [​IMG]
    I love you guys.
    I think I've also become a little less obnoxious and opinionated since I've joined HTF. Oh yeah, I'll still go to town defending my opinions, but now I'm also much more willing to listen to other peoples' opinions.
    All in all, a pretty terrific experience so far. And the party's only just begun. [​IMG]
     
  9. Steve Christou

    Steve Christou Long Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2000
    Messages:
    15,658
    Likes Received:
    360
    Location:
    London, England
    Real Name:
    Steve Christou
    I've only been here two years and in that time I've slowly come to realise what a bunch of wonderful people a few of you are.[​IMG]
    Yes I fell in love with 0.1 per cent of you last summer, I think it was during that freak mid-July heatwave we had in London, anyway sometimes I just want to reach out and and and give you all a great big bear hug, but seriously I've come a long way from the intelligent serious poster I was in 2000, now I have a program set up which randomly throws words together and spits them into threads on the forum, and no ones noticed the difference, amazing![​IMG]
    Now I want all you peeps to hug your monitors and give it a good sloppy kiss, come on, you know you want to, and no tongues![​IMG]
    PLANT KISS HERE = [----------]
    POSTED BY MAXIMUS ERECTUS
     
  10. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2000
    Messages:
    12,251
    Likes Received:
    1
    Damn, now there's drool running down my monitor. Hey, I'm a sloppy kisser! [​IMG]
    Anyway, I like to think I'm more patient and calm now that I've been here awhile. I sure as heck won't slam Drop Dead Fred again! Don't know about being more mature... :p)
    Of course, my bizarre sense of humor still rears its ugly head every now and then. [​IMG]
    And I'm still madly in love with Emmanuelle Beart! [​IMG]
     
  11. MickeS

    MickeS Producer

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2000
    Messages:
    5,058
    Likes Received:
    1
    I did most of my "Internet maturing" in my first year or two of Internet discussions on Usenet (95/96) and on Fidonet.
    On HTF, I have mostly learned a lot about Home Theater (surprisingly enough). [​IMG]
    /Mike
     

Share This Page