I'm so sorry some of you have had bad experiences here, I really am. I haven't. I'm aware that perhaps my more casual, conversational manner of posting may annoy those members who want to keep this forum more formal and advice-targeted and I'm truly sorry if I annoy you. If you ask me, I will do my best to tone it down. I am still learning about social media and proper etiquette but I have a feeling I'll always tend to be more conversational.
However, maybe that's why I haven't had a bad experience yet, I don't know. I don't really mind if someone hijacks my threads to ask a question or something like that. I don't know why, it just doesn't bother me. Weird, huh?
I really adore it here. As a lot of you who have been following this thread recently now know, I have some pretty severe social anxiety. I felt alone and I didn't have friends, online or off. Now I have a place where I can come to talk to people who feel the same way I do about bettas and about social anxiety and other similar problems. I have friends I may never meet in person but already I know you are truer friends than many of the "real" friends I've had before. And most of all, I really, really, really love being able to help people. I may go about it in a rambling, chatty way but I love to help people. It makes me feel useful and like I have a purpose in life (finally) and I also feel like I am repaying back the kindness that was shown to me when I first joined. So many people, including Pew, were very helpful, understanding, and kind to me as I bumbled along and panicked about every little thing that was happening with my little guy Sherman. "Help, he's got a tear in his fin! Help, he hasn't pooped in an hour! Help, he's hiding!"
For your patience with me then and now, I humbly thank you.
I now have a brief suggestion: to avoid any future hard feelings, perhaps it is best if the rant thread is used to only rant about NON-FORUM matters. Ranting about school, problems with our bettas, that kind of thing. It is a good place to vent, just not about the forum.
That's all I want to say. And on further reflection, my post is a bit confusing too. Sorry!