Well, hi everyone but I have to say that my first impressions are not that brilliant! I just joined, partly because I liked the way I was able to glance over the chat threads before deciding whether the site looked promising. Also, the whole layout seems nice and simple, clear and easy to navigate. But I am slightly put off by the very first thread I happened to click on - "Strange American needs help". Quite a decent, polite enquiry from a foreigner which received a very rude and inappropriate reply. That is followed by a protracted and to my mind pointless dogfight between different members - do they not have anything more important to do? I think that a moderator should have stepped in here, this thread really doesn't show up the (surely) decent and courteous nature of most people ..