Why Drugs-Forum is so addictive...

By Alfa · Dec 9, 2014 · ·
  1. Alfa
    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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  1. Joe-(5-HTP)
    beautiful post.

    The only thing that's missing is a thanks to you Alfa, for making this possible.

    Reading your previous blog post on the 2007 state of the site and then this one, just makes me excited for what the next one will look like.
  2. Alfa
    Here is a sneak peak for you. It's a small snippet from the Gallery.

    My mouse is hovering over Mopsie's image. Which is why you see his name and avatar. The small white squares are moderating tickboxes which are not visible to non-staff.
  3. beentheredonethatagain
    Did we ever find the reason for the addiction ? And what about leathol dose, and half life?
    :D I know with all the comedians out of work ....I shouldn't be doing my stand up act..
    But if I were to add my input to why the addiction world wide,
    Its because its pure and what a rush..

    Can I get a Amen ???
  4. Cwb20022

    It appears to have a very short half life. With cravings coming quickly after last use. It appears to be harmless with the lethal dose being far higher then anyone can achieve. And i think your right about the addiction. It appears very pure. It gets more and more users everyday. And its one of those things you try once. Most will become addicted. It seems to grab ahold of its users quick and hard. Yet with very little negative side effects. I don't see it going anywhere fast.
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  5. hookedonhelping
    Alfa, I like where your head is at.

    In regards to people posting while under the influence.. This is not helpful to the cause in my opinion. As stated, media may research drugs they never heard of and take a members comment into the limelight of the mainstream media and use it in a very unflattering way. It is always best to take some to time to read what you want the world to see. Make sure it is well written and concise and that will serve a great purpose; making this site the number one site on the planet to get factual and anecdotal data.

    Much Love Alfa!
  6. Roll
    Thank you Alfa, and whoever else had a part in launching this amazing website.

    I used to use Erowid for a lot of information on drugs, but once I discovered Drugs-Forum, one of the few forums out there completely focused on truthful first-hand and scientific information about psychoactive substances. I feel it is a one-of-a-kind place where people from all walks of life can discuss, learn, educate and inform others about drugs. I absolutely love this site.
  7. desert flower
    I wish I could be so consistent.
    Thanks Alfa needed this one.
  8. Once.up.on.a.time
    Your amazing I would love to see a picture of you in real life...... Will trade you ;) x
  9. Potter
    Great cover story, no one will ever guess it has anything to do with the subliminal hypnotic images embedded in the backgrounds and boarders.
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  10. darkglobe
    Great post, Alfa. I've been a member since 2006 and have used the site for many things, many times. DF is an invaluable resource, and that was a great read. Looking forward to the next incarnation!
  11. Once.up.on.a.time
    So to make this better I have requested no Christmas gifts and donations to be made here instead. I don't need more stuff but I do need this site. As wi many people after

    Much love xxxx
  12. gonzochef
    I've only been a member for 3 months, but from day one this site was as great of an addiction as my beloved opiates. I've learned so much and have had the opportunity to share so much of what I know... I have even been able to share some things anonymously that I've never been able to share with anyone before, and it was truly cathartic. I've met amazing individuals who have entertained me, shared joy and concern, debated and argued with me, and have become dear friends. This site is truly a gift, Alfa, and I sincerely thank you for it. I can't wait to see what comes next. I'm hooked for life!
  13. ykiljoey
    Thanks ALfa I am very new and still learning. I am no profesor or full blown addict but I learn somthing new everytime I visit this site and hope to be able to contribute.....something usefull. Like i said i'm no profesor but I love this site
  14. Eden
    "Teach to learn." This way the teacher is forever the student and vice versa.
  15. petramagdas
    Addiction is what makes humans humans, we settled and created civilization only for the reason to ferment alcohol, this is the basis of our society was the driver for the civilisation we live today.
    so what was it, the flash that the nomads liked or the fact that water with alcohol is safe to drink, as it is disinfected? I think it was the first one, to indentify a high that makes us human, lets us be free! free our minds!
    Drugs are a beautiful thing, did drive the most of all our achievements of the time before the 1910 were it was demonised... all artist were on some kinds of drugs or Freud or ruldold steiner were drug addicts too. well not addicts as it was kind of legal and free to go to a opium house. they made a difference that is lasting till today. we should learn using drugs again for the right reasons, making them of good use... and not make them illegal.

    my big thanks to this site making a forum and blogs available to all this million of people and enabling us to have a voice!
  16. monkeyspanker
    Take this as you will Alfa, I finally get to see a part of you, mainly your fingernails...I love a man that has nice, clean nails, very sexy:thumbsup:

    Love all that you do here, thanks :applause:

  17. Mike Twaicker
    Forums a great thing to do sober or bent over.... Just turned 18 an got account finally... Lowkey juggin parents crib last year of high school but i experimented myself out and found a good headspace for myself... Curious and eager to help anyone anywhere and everywhere on anything EVER. changed for the better by cautious yet proper binging that sent me on new mental endeavors and opened me to a new type of exploration and intuition.
  18. la fee brune
    Maybe it isn't the site that's particularly addictive, but rather that it attracts a population of users who are already prone to engaging in addictive behaviors...

    Not that the new site isn't really cool, because it is. :D
  19. mess clean
    A friend of a friend once decided to distill and extract the value and intelligence on this site, and he told me that upon mainlining it, he felt a rush of euphoria, sympathy, empathy, ego loss and a feeling that can only be described as "increased intelligence".

    He tries to do this yearly and, although that is hardly an addiction, suggested that this be at least mentioned to potential members before they sign up.

    Just kidding, folks. What I will say is that Alfa's input above has opened my eyes to the importance of DF, the value our input provides and makes me (and should make all of us) feel like useful and important members of a community.

    Long live DF.
      Alfa and perro-salchicha614 like this.
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