I got a bit nosey today and checked out how CH and another site mentioned here were doing lately so I could see for myself.
The first thing that stood out to me was how many questions were ignored at both. Many were first time posters. Not even a “I dont know how to make haggis in a bathtub, but welcome”…No response at all. Not very welcoming.
One of the reasons I like it here is because I have never seen a question not replied to. May not be the answer you needed, but you werent ignored.
There is also a kinda comraderie here that the others didnt have. I know it wont be all peaches and cream (see what I did?) all the time and I would get a tooth ache if it was, I appreciate the respect shown to each other here.
The knowledge here, in this small group, is a gem.
HA HA HA, I think Stone Soup was making a little food joke “all that and a bag of chips” (but make hers kale). Still your response made me grin. I think the OP was after why you enjoy spending time here.
I wish I could say what made it nice. It doesn’t feel like some sort of club where everyone already knows one another (though many of us do!). I think the other playground tended to feel more like that and it was much less welcoming when I first joined. Maybe it’s all a perception, but in any case, I find this a friendly place to share ideas and am glad to be here with you all!
That can be pro and con. The club. Many years ago, I almost joined a kitchen knife forum, but didn’t. Regardless, I later heard that the knife forum is a very tight kit club. The good thing is that many people are very close and they help each others out even in real life, like starting business. However, it can be tough for newcomers. If a newcomer comes in say the wrong thing to an old timer, everyone else will jump on the new comer, regardless the point of view.
So, when I said “all that and a bag of kale chips” it was meant to convey my agreement with Robin’s post content and I bastardized the expression “all that and a bag of chips” as in “He’s all that and a bag of chips” or something extra tossed in.
It may’ve been inane, but it wasn’t actually nonsense.
Why do I like it here? I’m not absolutely sure I do.
I appreciate the food and recipes discussions, and like the growing food and foraging discussion, but the regional boards pretty much ignore my area (for good reason).
I like to drop in and see who is posting about what, but I do wish the language used might be a little more appropriate. We are all intelligent, educated people and having to resort to the “f word” or “s–t” seems beneath us.