I ABSOLUTELY ADORE HF! Why did I just found out about it last fall!?! I could have really used it so many times, the good and the bad. Such a brilliant community, and funny as heck too Tiny, I agree! The chance to converse with you guys is priceless.
I use the forum because I can talk and read horse. Not something I can do around my friends and family. The conversations are so widely varied on topics, horse related and not. Getting to read about another horse person's life and their views on things is nice, especially when most of my conversations are with my 7 year old, my hub, and a few texts from distant friends. I get lonely out here!
As far as "hiding" behind a username... I'm slightly well known by my name, especially around here and in my industry. I don't want anyone to know that my first love is horses, not what I do for a living, which supports my love!
I also don't want my name coming up in searches from here instead of turning up when a potential client seeks me out.
I have only regretted one post. I typed BUTE instead of ACE once, totally by accident. I got called out on it and OF COURSE I'm not an idiot, I just typed in the wrong thing. I understand it's important to get things right, especially when talking about meds! I was typing my correction when I got reprimanded. Grrrr
I do get miffed when people jump down other's throats. Especially if they are new or under educated. It's really sad. I do think things should be said tactfully and I love it when a person steps in and smooths things over (or at least attempts to). I respect those people so much more.
Of course there are times when you just want to shake someone smart. Not going to happen but sometimes it's worth a try, if done as nicely as possible.
You know the saying about honey and vinegar...
Glad it doesn't happen that often!
Huge hugs to everyone on here, especially the admins and the founders.
Excellent job guys! Love you all to death!