I’m unabashedly a member (participating in varying degrees) of many of the forums listed in this article. I don’t know if it’s a function of a certain kind of person looking for what they want joining or a group mentality thing, but many of these forums are a lot about conforming to their particular look. I suppose that brings a sense of community. And like any long time community, harder for new people to break into them. They are an invaluable resource. It’s just important to keep yourself yourself, rather than just fall lockstep into the aesthetic of the forum.