Lifted from my responce to Dynavaper in a different thread. In my experience those rare, few, special forums share some traits: Topic based. Things expand out but start from some shared geekyness. Benevolent Despot. Forums are started by an individual or group fronted by one. Huge! Forums become so large that new content is a constant. Lazy Benevolent Despot. Huge forums can't be run by an individual so moderators are enslaved. Shared culture of "niceness". New members bing reading discover that Admin, Mods, and Old Timers have a default setting of "nice/helpful". N00bs either assimilate or get gone with the value of the shared geekyness meaning even assholes often get nice. http://fuckcombustion.com/threads/dynavap-vapcap.18853/page-792 Feel free to add/subtract form the above. And please share specific instances of other members going above and beyond to help each other out.