I know this isn't really asking for advice, but the last few days I was just thinking about this and wondering why the people here joined.
I guess it is just out of pure curiosity. I would have just posted this in the moderator forum or in the supporter discussion, but I'd rather see why everyone joined rather than just those who have been here for some time and such.
So, why did you join advicenators and why are you still here? What about the site made you want to stay?
I'll probably be one of the first people to answer this (I'm not going to answer it in the question).
I saw a link in this guy's profile. About a month later I decided I wanted to one day be a psycologist, therefore, I joined. Though I still don't have the same dream it's pretty fun, and I've met some pretty cool people (you being one of them!) Furthermore, positive feedback makes you quite happy.
Matt answered Monday August 27 2007, 12:37 am: I've been on this site for a little more than three years. I found it through a link to some girl's column (which turned out to be horrible). I then made myself a column, and have stayed on the site because it's pretty amusing and there are some good, interesting people here. [ Matt's advice column | Ask Matt A Question ]
xokristabelle answered Wednesday August 22 2007, 2:49 pm: I've been on this site for about 3 years. I either saw it on Bored.com or Spacefem.com, I really can't remember.
At first, I tried way too hard, then I went through kind of a harsh phase. I've seen the site change a lot, mostly good changes. I love this site for a lot of reasons. The people are great, and it's always changing. I also used to love the sense of community, although that's pretty much gone now. I'm on here because I don't know what to do without it, lol. Advicenators has really become a big part of my life. When I got banned from the site for a few days, it was really upsetting because I'm constantly on here.
rainbowcherrie answered Wednesday August 22 2007, 9:59 am: I joined in June 2004, just over three years ago when I was 12, nearing 13 (sssh). I used to regularly visit a girl's website, it was one of those typical personal sites with graphics, blogs and 'reads' etc and there was also a link to her Advicenators column. I was bored so I signed up. My name was actually going to be 'rainbowcherries' but I accidentally missed off the 's', which is why my username is spelt wrong.
I thought I'd get bored pretty quickly but I started to really enjoy giving advice as well as getting it. I became a L1 moderator and it was my goal to be a L2. I rated and answered questions like crazy and got a good response from people who were surprised at the quality of my advice considering I was only 13. Exactly a year to the day after I first joined, I was made a L2.
I don't ask for alot of advice these days (save the odd computer problem) but I still love giving it and helping with the site. I've learnt a lot from the people at Advicenators, not just from being advised but through dealing with problems people have and learning skills I can use in 'real life'. [ rainbowcherrie's advice column | Ask rainbowcherrie A Question ]
YouLoveToSing answered Wednesday August 22 2007, 9:00 am: Hey:]
I joined almost 10 months ago. I remember this girl instant messaged me and I looked at her AIM profile and it said "Advicenators". It looked interesting- so I joined:] Haha! Same thing happened to me Kate.
I am still here because of the people who have been extremely nice to me- like Jack, Laura 1, Laura 2, Kate:], erinn, mike, matt, ygsgirl, yg, amy, ashley, etc.
The list goes on. I also liked the fact that this site let me use my experiences to help other people who may be stuck in a similar situation.
Alin75 answered Wednesday August 22 2007, 8:20 am: Well like YG I also stumbled across this site through bored.com. In November I will have been here for 3 years.
I remember thinking at the beginning that I would make an account just for a laugh. I figured that I would answer a few questions, particularly some of the really outrageous ones, and then be on my way after a few weeks.
It didn't take too long before I was checking my column daily. This site has a way of growing on you somehow. Also there are some pretty nice people on here, which also helps. [ Alin75's advice column | Ask Alin75 A Question ]
christina answered Wednesday August 22 2007, 12:18 am: I've been on this site for a year & a half, but I've been on it since I was 13 with many previous accounts to which the names I do not remember.
I joined advicenators because I wanted to help people solve their problems, or just to help with anything. I knew that I could do that here. When I first joined at 13, I joined because the site fascinated me & I had never seen anything like it before. But I stayed because I was getting better at giving advice, and simply because I like it.
orphans answered Tuesday August 21 2007, 10:31 am: I joined because my friend had one and I just made one for myselff and thought it would be fun to give advice and be able to GET advice
(and I am alwayss asking for advice)
and I've staayeeed because I love the site and like helping people and of course getting help to my problems
And I've had my column for a little over a year now, and don't plan on leaving any time soon...
=] [ orphans's advice column | Ask orphans A Question ]
One day I was clicking around spacefem.com (or maybe it was Spacefem's LJ) and there was a link to this site, and for some reason I actually clicked it, and I saw questions that were really simple but didn't have any answers. I decided to answer them, and so I joined. I've realised that having an advice column actually suits me well, since I like to read, and on this site I can put the things that I learn to good use.
I've actually known about this site right from when it started, but I didn't join at first because I didn't think that I would have any advice to give. While this is only the 639th question that I've answered in the three years after I've joined the site (as you already know, my account turned three years old on the 7th), the 33 pages on my column clearly proved that wrong. [ The_MoUsY_spell_checker's advice column | Ask The_MoUsY_spell_checker A Question ]
alisonmarie answered Tuesday August 21 2007, 4:55 am: I've been around for about three years, and I honestly can't remember how I found Advicenators. I had previously participated on a sexual health advice site, and it went under. So....I came here.
Unlike other people, I feel very comfortable giving sexual health advice info to young people. I do think there is a shocking lack of places young people can go for accurate, non-judgmental information, and I am very happy to be a source of support for people.
This is very close to what I do 'in real life,' only a lot less demanding. I find it really enjoyable to come here, poke around the forums (if not ever actually type anything!), and answer some questions. There are a lot of terrific advice givers on this site, and I continue to be impressed by them! [ alisonmarie's advice column | Ask alisonmarie A Question ]
MAK answered Tuesday August 21 2007, 3:28 am: I joined this site to seek advice on everything from cooking, pets, and relationships. I was looking for a website that answered each individual's questions, not just FAQ's the site administrator made up and answered him/herself. Hopefully that makes sense =)
Now, I mostly give advice, because I am a know-it-all and enjoy showing off, which is probably why I'm still here, I like feeling smart. I still ask questions once in a while.
karenR answered Monday August 20 2007, 11:31 pm: I've been her for about 2 1/2 years. I found the site while messing around on bored.com early one
My first thought was... Yeah right, you can't do that.
I did though and was quickly addicted. :)
I really enjoy helping people when I can.
I probably don't answer as many questions
as I used to, I don't know a thing about
fashion and can't bring myself to give sex
instruction to you younger people. :)
But I answer when I think I might be able
I like to think I help make the upper level mods
seem not so unapproachable if you have a problem.
I have made some very good friends through this site.
Met some great people of all ages.
I guess I am old enough to be awed
by the fact that this little machine in my
living room makes it possible to help people
from places I never would have imagined
being able to communicate with. Amazing.
HectorJr answered Monday August 20 2007, 11:28 pm: I was introduced to this site and liked it right away. Most of the people who I have had the pleasure of meeting have been responsible, respectful, and helpful. I've always liked to help people with anything. Being exposed to many different people with a wide variety of situations helped broaden my spectrum and way of thinking. I also learned more about myself just from looking back to see how I helped people and what my advice was to them. Oh and it's fun too =) [ HectorJr's advice column | Ask HectorJr A Question ]
XSugarPieX77 answered Monday August 20 2007, 9:16 pm: I've been around for like 3 years. My friend introduced me to the site...and after like a month i decided to join advicenators...I really love helping people...it makes me feel like I've done something nice for the world...yeah...
theymos answered Monday August 20 2007, 8:57 pm: I stumbled here with StumbleUpon. In the past I've given computer help on forums, Yahoo Answers, and other similar sites, so I thought it'd be fun to do it here. Advicenators has become my favorite question/answer site because of its slower pace, and also because I'm one of the only users capable of answering computer questions here, giving me more of a chance to answer(on other sites someone would almost always beat me to answering).
BeachBlondie12 answered Monday August 20 2007, 8:47 pm: Hey.
I was always giving advice and my friend knew i loved it. so my friend found this website and so i just got one and i am loving it. i didnt know how good i was at giving advice until everything i was telling my friends and random people my friends told about me was actully working and turning out good for people. i stayed because this is my hobby i suck at sports and singing and danceing but i can give advice (: [ BeachBlondie12's advice column | Ask BeachBlondie12 A Question ]
Cux answered Monday August 20 2007, 8:43 pm: Hey Kate!
I joined Advicenators because I was having serious problems with my best friend who I liked and she had stopped talking to me. Then- I never really needed advice again until about a month later- and I realized that I really liked giving advice. Now- one and a half years later, I've answered almost 1,000 questions- and my new goal will be 1,000 a year once I get to 1,000. I plan to be on here for pretty much the rest of my life [so long as I am able to type]. =D
CaileyxCalamity answered Monday August 20 2007, 8:36 pm: hmm i think its a fun site to be a part of , and idk answering peoples questions and being able to relate to other peoples problems is interesting, also if youve been in a situation before and you find some one whos in a simmilar one it feels good to be able to help them out =] [ CaileyxCalamity's advice column | Ask CaileyxCalamity A Question ]
S_C answered Monday August 20 2007, 8:35 pm: Okay, well I joined because I was having relationship problems. Just some deal with me and a guy I really liked and who liked me but neither of our parents approved.
Anyway, I stayed because not only did I like the people, but the advice was really good. I got a lot of advice from many different people. Lots of opinions and options. Now, a lot of those people aren't around anymore, but quite a few still are. Anyway, I've been around for 3 years (as of this past July 1st.. yay!) and I've worked my way up to a level two moderator. I love the site and enjoy being apart of it.
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