Active Rain has been many things to many people. For me, it has been a sense of community where you can easily see that most people in the Rain are not out for themselves, but give freely of their time and more importantly, their knowledge to others. For saying that, I mean to me. I'm sure that they do this for others too, but I can only speak for myself.
I used to be in/on Active Rain (not sure what the correct wording should be) some time ago and then disappeared for awhile. I came back and immediately spoke with others who were very personable and giving of themselves and their knowledge. They would also lend an ear when needed as well. They gave freely of their time, not saying that they didn't need it, I'm sure that they did, but they gave some of it none the less.
I, for one am thankful to this community for opening its arms and brains in welcoming me back.
ActiveRain is a place of learning, talking to others, mentorship, relationships, humor, friendships and more.
Is it perfect? No. Is it a place to come to whether my spirits need lifting or not by reading or calling someone? Yes. Sometimes it can be a refuge too. Call it what you want to, but it is a place that I like to go to.
It feels natural to be here. Can we do without it? I'm sure that we can, but I think it would be a lonelier place. It's not the be all, end all.
Those in charge are constantly trying to make it better. Are they always on time? Nope. Some things take longer than others to do and accomplish, however, I feel that it's better late than never or not at all. Many times things just get in the way, some call it life. I do.