I heard about this forum on another forum that I am a member of (and a mod). We had this member that was really creepy, and a know it all. We were worried about the unwanted attention that he'd bring to the site, so while researching we found that he had been banned from other boards for pretty much the same reason. We tried to counsel him, but he just didn't seem to get it.
My research brought me here, I liked what I saw. I had a bumpy start with one member that I apparently upset, which led to a string of hateful PMs and she just stopped coming here. I felt bad about that, because I didn't mean to upset anyone.
Well I stuck it out, and have come to enjoy this site, it is one of my favorites, because it is the most active. I love that it isn't full of pretentious "foodies". Some blow in once in a while to try to "educate" us, but soon find out that isn't how we roll here. We like to celebrate kitchen successes, whatever the skill or budget level, and that is what makes this forum a warm and welcoming place for me. I enjoy learning from other members and sharing what I know.