Since starting this site 11 years ago DF has evolved so much. In the beginning it was a cosy group of peeps posting crap and having fun. Hell, I remember that I used to call up members to confront them about soliciting on the site. That all has changed.
What was clear from the start was that we are onto something good. Something with meaning. Something that will grow big and influential. Back then we already knew that this site was going to make a difference. This has not changed.
The site has already made significant impact. With 35 million+ readers per year it affects the world. It's one of the main go-to places on the net. It affects what people know about drugs and how people perceive drugs. Drug Policy Organisations attribute a lot to DF.
The site has changed lives and saved lives. Lives we know about and lives we will never hear about.
The information we all write on DF does prevent people from taking a toxic combination or a dangerous dose or even a deadly batch.
With the support of the community people are able to break the cycle of addiction and get their life back on track.
Whatever you write here on Drugs-forum you are sharing with a mass of people. I am in awe that several of the latest recovery journals have already received tens of thousands of views. I know that there are people writing a post with tears in their eyes and people reading in the same state. That's an example of how deep it goes.
I think that this significance, impact and the knowledge that this site will keep growing in multitudes are part of why Drugs-Forum is addictive.
Another aspect is the community.
Openly sharing your thoughts and talking about drugs is not exactly a given for most people. Media and politics broadcast an often warped and view of drugs. Society is very much affected by the war on drugs and misconceptions. Many people do not have peers that are knowledgeable about drugs. And conversations about drugs often take place under the influence of drugs. Which isn't always the best time to inform yourself and evaluate information. Drugs-Forum provides that platform of peers, drug geeks and nutty professors.
Its also the place where you can engage yourself in drug related talk without exposing yourself. In complete anonymity anyone from the average joe to celebrities to esteemed researchers can be fully open about their drug endeavours.
Over the years, post quality has gone up. Quality drug information is something to appreciate. Quick interaction by an active community is really rewarding. While the reputation system is not always kind on everyone it does provide rewarding comments and useful feedback. It increases our post quality a lot.
The information and knowledge on DF is vast. Very vast. Supportive data is asked when claims are made. Myths are demystified. Half truths are often corrected. Information is usual pretty reliable.
You do not have to go searching through megathreads of useless banter, wade through spam, endure flame wars, be the target of elite cliques or trolls. If there are any issues it can just be deferred to the staff and it will generally be dealt with quickly.
Drugs-Forum currently runs on an old version of vbulletin forum software, which is highly modified and has 110 addons to provide you with a wide range of custom functionality. You can enjoy an unrivalled number different avenues to share and gather drugs information. Ironically Drugs-forum can hardly be described as a forum. Forum discussion has always been a major aspect of the site, but it's one of many major aspects of the site. This may not be evident for everyone, but once you dive into wiki, studies, galleries, etc then you can discover a world of treasure. The next incarnation of DF will expose much of this richness.
It will also be much more addictive...
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