Originally Posted by naturecoastcrafter
I don't think this is necessarily true, and I'm so sorry you have somehow gotten that impression. I don't pay to be a part of a group. To be quite honest, I'm a little self-centered in that regard. I pay so that I can get instant uploads, without waiting for moderator approval. I don't think I belong to a large group. I do participate in challenges now and again and I more often than not enjoy the VSN challenges and I have made many online friends through those two things, but I certainly hope we have not made anyone feel excluded in any way. That is not what our community is about. And what is nice is that you certainly can browse the galleries without feeling that you need to comment and that is a good thing.
Ditto, I became a fan when I hardly had any time to upload and Sunday was a day that I had more time on my hands.
It wasn't until I started chatting on the forums that I made any friends. People talk to anyone and everyone in the forums, mostly depends on what's being said.