One reason I don't post much serious stuff except on my blog (well, semi-serious I guess) is because I have very particular specialist subjects that really never get raised here on the board, and I'm not surprised either because they're boring to most people.
I mean I could bore you all with indepth talk about Romanesque architecture and art, or medieval battle tactics and European martial arts, or linguistics, or late medieval Catholic religion and Corpus Christi plays... but somehow I doubt any of that is likely to crop up.
I'm not a scientist by any means and math makes my eyes glaze over. I'm next to useless with a computer and I never studied psychology. So I've little to add to many of the most popular serious topics in here, except anecdotes of my own experience that seem relevant to the topic at hand. It doesn't mean I'm dumb or unable to hold a proper conversation; I'm just trying to contribute because I don't feel it's right (for me, not judging others here) to just lurk around and take pleasure in the hard work of others without trying to contribute something.
It's also because my RL is pretty stressful on the one hand, and on the other hand, the opposite to Non-pareil's in that I have serious debate a-plenty, but comparatively little time/opportunity for relaxing, connecting with and meeting new people and having fun. I know a lot of intelligent people who are witty and clever and stuff, but I know them mostly in a professional context, so this is the only place I know where I can have rapid-fire mad-cap conversations with intelligent, creative and witty people. And as an ENTP I'm sure anyone can easily see how much that would mean to me.
I try to keep it all to the fluff/social/blog threads, and when I accidentally leak it over to the serious ones I usually apologize and stop as soon as I realize I've done it (which I admit isn't always as soon as others realize it!).
I'm not sure whether I'm considered to be a member of any clique; I don't consider myself as such, but if I am without knowing it and I've given anyone cause to feel excluded then I'm deeply sorry about that. Seriously.
Is any of that valid at all? See, I just don't know any more. I'm starting to feel like the old guard here are impossible to please...