Huh, I can tell the site owner re Wikipedia. I could very well be tapped to write it.
I do more than A2K - the company owns a number of nursing properties so I blog about nursing (mostly about what it's like to live/work somewhere, or a bio of someone like Florence Nightingale; of course I can't knowledgeably write about intubation, etc.).
But yeah, the site has grown/changed over the years, as the empire has grown. A lot of us got acquainted at the old NY Times forums back at the end of the millennium. In the summer of '02 I got an email from the site owner who told me, "I want to teach myself PHP but I don't feel like dealing with the people. Ya wanna run a website?" At the time, I was out of work and I recall thinking, sure, this'll take a month and there will be 20 people
. I am really the second member after the site owner, Robert Gentel, and ehBeth is the third. I think Ossobuco is the fourth member of the site.
It's been closing on 11 years and also closing in on 250,000 members. Not bad for a site that we invited people to via email (this is before Facebook and Twitter).
You haven't done the forums thing before? You, sir, are a natural.
But that's kinda the nature of the forums beast. Ever hear of social technographics
A2K fulfills a lot of the rungs on that ladder, and with semantic tagging instead of set forums, we even make Collectors happy.
I well recall the first few topics I made, back on the NY Times site. One was called, just, "So, How Did You Two Meet?" and it went on for pages and pages as people happily told their love stories, even failed experiments. The other was "Lyrical Blunders" and it was all about mondegreens. It was one of those that made your sides hurt from laughing so much. I also ran the Tinfoil Hat Brigade there. Man oh man that was forever ago.
Currently I have a tag called Beloved Topics
and it's the silly stuff but also the serious stuff. I tend to point to that when I need to point out stuff during job interviews (A2K is on my resume and my LinkedIn profile) or when showing people the site. But there are people who just don't get forums. My elder sister-in-law (of two) thinks everyone on A2k is out to tell each other the wrong answer to everything, and just mess each other up. Nah, that's only about 10% of the users.
You just gotta know which 10%.