We all come to these chat experiences with different needs, interests, etc. I've found this place most interesting because the board has been set up for Orthodox Christians. Others are welcomed to join in, but the base is Orthodoxy.
I'm interested to see what might happen when a group of us begin the discussion of Path to Salvation by Theophan the Recluse. I've often thought of a book discussion online, but have never actually participated in one.
When I first became interested in Orthodoxy, it was a time of polemics and arguments. It was part of my process of coming to terms with leaving the old Protestant ways of thinking and identifying oneself, and coming to an increasing awareness of just what it meant to be committed to the Orthodox Tradition. After a period of time, that sort of thing grows tiring for some of us.
I, too, have had my experiences of arguing with others. Years ago, on Prodigy, I remember going round and round with conservative Lutherans, when I was still a Calvinist, albeit, growing more and more skeptical as time went by.
I think a board like this can fill a lot of purposes, both for those who are established in their Orthodox faith, and those who are new to it or are inquiring into Orthodoxy for the first time.
I do wonder sometimes why there are non-Orthodox who remain here. I have the same thoughts when I lurk on a the Yahoo Ev-Or Group, where Evangelicals and Orthodox have a chance to go at it. There are some regulars there who have been there for a couple of years, and continue to maintiain their Protestant viewpoints. I wonder what it is about Orthodoxy that keeps them in that discussion. They apparently have no interest in becoming Orthodox, and yet seem to derive great satisfaction from constantly arguing their Protestant points.
It's a puzzlement sometimes.