yep, along with a couple of other things that were mentioned…the ‘niceness’ you see here is, imo, a reflection of the generosity of the blender foundation. when you realize that there are people devoted to improving this software, most of whom recieve nothing as payment, aside from the satisfaction of having contributed to a really good program, you become inspired to contribute in your own way. and not only the programers,…there are also the original nan team who bought blender, timothy, who created this forum, and probably saved blender from an untimely demise when there was a need, etc.
when i arrived here, i was moved by the spirit of this community, and overwhelmed at the knowledge and instruction that was suddenly available to me from these generous, kind, and knowledgable people. not being accostomed to seeing this kind of environment on the web, i was initially a bit on the defensive, and, jumped down a couple of peoples throats pretty bad just for minor stuff,…a hostility forged in the gutters of the internet. people were patient with me and i grew into this new environment. i was compelled to improve from all the good crits and encouragement i recieved.
and, because people were so generous to me, when i was a newcomer,…tirelessly answering my inumerable questions, i want to return the favor, and, hopefully as my blender knowledge increases, i can take up some of the slack as more newcomers arrive. and hopefully they can all have as positive an experience as was mine with blender and elysiun.