Well, another newbie here. I joined this forum a few months ago and just passed my mandatory 10 posts to see signatures last week. I'm mostly a lurker, and have been visiting this site on and off for a couple years prior to becoming a member.
Compared to other forums, this one is quite tame. There's not a whole lot of craziness, and people are very helpful. From new questions (even the "I want to sail RTW in an iron bathtub and swimsuit - what else do I need?" threads) to technical discussions, for the most part people are met with informative replies. Of course, this may or may not apply to OT threads
Even the chat room is nice and tame - I've been camped out in there for the past couple days and everyone has been quite pleasant. I've even found a few people in my area who sail.
I wish I knew more about the poster who didn't get any replies, and if this was their first internet forum they have joined. I've definitely seen some more active forums, but few that are friendlier.