I was thinking that. I took a look at the other recent threads, but just moved on from that. I have seen some strange stuff here and there, but I ignore it and move on, just like on other internet forums, I leave all the arguing to others.
I just got my first pinball machine not long ago, and joined Pinside. And this is what I have experienced:
- Right away, my first machine broke! And a number of people posted and did all they could to help me fix it. And I did fix it, thanks to their help.
- After I got to know one specific type of machine really well by playing around with it, I was able to jump in and help some others with similar machines who were having problems, and they got their problems fixed, and were happy, and thanked everyone for helping them. How cool is that???
- I got another machine that had a broken relay piece that wasn't available anywhere, and a Pinsider had one in their stash and sent it to me for the cost of postage! And it fixed the problem.
- I didn't know jack squat about working on pinball machines and asked all sorts of dumbass questions, and everyone replied politely and with encouragement and helped me out.
- I explored more and read countless how-to threads by Vid and others and learned so much about pinball machines and how to work on them and restore them that I can hardly believe it. The efforts to post all of the information with pictures takes a lot of work, and I appreciate it.
- I connected with a local Pinsider and bought an entire frickin pinball machine for $150. Granted it was a bit beat up and needed work, but that is why I wanted it! So I can have fun learning how to fix it up.
- I connected with a local Pinsider and bought from him a really nice example of one of my dream machines at a good price.
- I read threads about things other than pinball and realized this place is filled with people who like the same stuff I do.
- I like good clean jokes and have found so many people here that have a good sense of humor. I like dirty jokes too, but I prefer to steer clear of posting them on public places. But I am ok with others who post such even if it might be inappropriate for some.
- I have met some really nice people offline via private messaging and such.
- I have seen time and again an amazing commitment by so many of the people here to do whatever it takes to keep a single pinball machine alive and working. I appreciate this because yes I like pinball too, but I also think that the machines stand on their own as artwork from the past.
OK that's it, carry on, nothing to see here....