I think when I first joined Central like many I was looking to make contact with others. But after a while I realised that I use Central like I use the newspaper.
I don't use the newspaper to make contact with others - rather I wrap myself every morning in the newspaper like warm fish and chips.
And just as the newspaper is not about individual contact, so Central is not about individual contact. Rather it is like getting into a warm bath - it is soothing, it cocoons us, it embraces us as warm water embraces us in the bath.
But when we misuse Central for personal contact, naturally Central becomes scratchy, distempered, even disillusioning.
And rather than enjoying bathing together on Central, we degenerate into personal insults which may lead to banning.
And in fruitlessly trying to make personal contact, we engage in rational debate, the best of us trying to find common ground and the worst to win.
But every day we go to Central, like the Romans went to the communal Baths, for tactile comfort. We wrap ourselves in Central as we wrap our selves in the newspaper like warm fish and chips.