Once again, we are home to a coming-out thread. And a celibacy thread. And a dating thread. So, if I don't want to read it, I needn't. BUT:
I think it is not a good idea. For those users starting any threads with great detail about their private life, this forum may not be the ideal place. What can you possibly gain from it? You get a few people to insult you. You get phoney advice from others. Rarely is there any valuable advice around. No one here is a qualified agony-aunt. This isn't about coming out threads, but any teenage angst driven thread, threads asking for advice whom and how to date, or threads sharing personal information that makes you vulnerable.
You can withhold much information in your profile, fake other bits of it, but in return for all this you get fake advice from other pretense users who are no more mature than yourself. You can share your experience or lack thereof, and in return people laugh at you or try and give you support in a clumsy way that only reduces your confidence. This site, and the forums in here, are not about opening up the vaults of our deepest problems and the bits of personality that we are self-conscious about. It is about sharing our passion for aviation, and possibly learning a (little) bit more about each other, and debating healthily. But do you really think subjecting your entire personality to an online community is a good idea?
I just can't help thinking that anyone opening themself up this much gives this forum too much power over them. What if some shitty advice or direct insult given here drives someone into depression, or the ultimate act of self-destruction? What if this forum loses its function for simple communication, and drifts into a sinister place where it destroys lives? Healing, or good advice, can never be achieved here.
This is not the place for displaying our most severe problems. It is anonymous. But it is also lacking in experience, patience, and good advice. Can't we keep at least the most personal parts of our lives to ourselves? I can, and will. But maybe other users should do so, too.....
I doubt anyone will find the peace of mind they seek here.
Any views and opinions are appreciated....