Ha ha ha,
Thanks for the flowers!
I have been active on other forums, which were smaller. I personally prefer smaller forums, you get to know the people better. But the 2 forums I was involved in, I left.
I was a regular on Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal until 2006, where there was a cool community of people. Then he joined Guns N' Roses, and all the GnR fans joined his forum, just posting about GnR, which drowned the community who was talking about Bumblefoot's music, fretless guitars etc. So I went away. I might go have a look what it's like now that he has left GnR! Maybe all the GnR fans have left too... (I got into metal by starting with GnR, so I have nothing against them. But reading posts on BBF forum about how much people miss Slash etc got me bored. They must trully cream their pants as we speak).
In the meantime, I also got very involved on Christophe Godin's forum (who I mentioned in my "French Metal" post) for many years... Probably from 2005 or so. I was a moderator on there all that time (and am still one now), but decided to leave the forum as one person on there has been trolling me quite badly; and as the forum grew quieter, the trolling took over. And as this guy trolled other members (friends) who left because of him, then I decided to leave as the guy would not admit responsibility in his shit behaviour, and would not back off. I spoke with the administrator who is not really keen on banning people (which is fine), but this troll has been unpleasant for so many years, that I decided to leave the ship. I didn't want to, but I had to.
This forum was a great community, I met plenty of the members at Christophe Godin's concerts in Paris, or at guitar camps we attended together; so I knew quite a few of them quite well. And this is why it was heartbreaking to leave, but had to.
So now I am trying other places... I am still assessing this place. As I said, I find it quiet, so if it is too quiet, I might just jump ship too. I dunno, I will give it a good go. Promised! there seem to be nice people around here, so let's see! But I have not yet exposed you to my shit humour... so you might kick me out eventually... we'll see!
Finally, thanks for the compliments on my English. It is not perfect, but i guess that's almost the best I can do after having lived in the UK for 15 years. I do not "sound" French when I write I guess, but when I speak, "Zere iz an accent"... which I never managed to get rid of. Although it is not "Ze typical French accent".
I come from Evian (yes like the water, that actually where it comes from), on the shore of the Geneva Lake (which is actually called "Leman's lake") on the French side (the lake is 2/3 Swiss and 1/3 French). Here's a map: