I probably started something like this a long while ago, but maybe for a different reason. I was reading a discussion about how long it would take people here to miss you if you died and then people talking about others who had not been actively posting probably just getting a life of their own and getting too busy to waste time here.
Which led me to think why I spend time here. I'll go into that more later.
A forum like this has the potential to be a destructive force (takes time away from others who need it, means of avoiding unpleasant tasks or cultivating real life support system) or it could be an incredible wealth of support (source of information, clues to interacting with others more effectively, encouragement during times of feeling isolated, stimulating thinking) or maybe it's just benign - good in its place.
Most people come here in some time of crisis, trying to understand someone close to them. However, most of the people that have been here long term have ended up staying for the social aspect of it.
So, why do you come here and what kind of impact do you think it's had on your life? (Good, bad or indifferent?) If you have been here for a longer time, what has made you stay?