Why the forums?
Mr. Lee raised an interesting point in a recent post, that about the forum not being for a certain purpose. It got me to thinking; why do we use the forums, and what are we trying to get out of it?
Personally I like to use the forums as a way to get information and general opinions. I've used it extensively to get ideas about marketing a new dojo, and about what folks thought about my website. Also I've found it helpful when I've had a minor etiquette question. This has been extremely helpful to me, and I feel as if I have made some nice contacts out there in the aikido world that I would not have made otherwise (being outside of the organization to which I belong). Mr. Aikiyama is doing a fabulous job running this site, and has consistently offered good feedback and interesting polls.
I'd be interested to hear what other people like to use the forums for, and what they get out of it.
all the best,