I’d like to go off on a tangent for a moment, and stray away from the usual subject matter of these columns, if I may. I’d like to share with you something I’ve just recently begun to notice and appreciate (although I should have a long time ago).
In over a year since we launched Hardware Analysis, I have never, ever seen a single hostile word spoken in our forums.
Not one. Not one question has ever been laughed at. Not one person has ever been called stupid. Not one. Do you realize how rare that is?
When someone asks a question, he or she is always met with a friendly and courteous response. I have never once witnessed a question ridiculed, a comment dismissed, or anyone being treated as anything but an absolute equal. Even when opinions differ. Especially when opinions differ.
Each and every one of you treats others with absolute respect, dignity, and kindness. You are helpers, learners, and teachers, and your contribution to this website is invaluable. I could not possibly be more proud to be a member of your community.