It's a place where I can be a key board warrior. Run my mouth and have a false sense of security that now one will come and stick a boot up my a$$ for running my mouth. Sound about right? I've seen a few of those.
Seriously, it's an amazing tool if used properly. There's a wealth of knowledge on this forum. As well as bad advise, but you'll always have that. It's a place that we can share our passion in this hobby. Find great deals, information and make/meet some wonderful people. There'll always be that 1% that try and ruin it for everyone. It's up to us to ignore that type of behavior.