Today's LibraryThing discussion area is our discussion groups. I'm something of a discussion group obsessor and a pretty active participant; I check my groups throughout the day when I can. I belong to 24 at this point: (Dis)ability Politics, Ask LibraryThing, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, BookMooching, Caregiving, Early Reviewers, Fiber Arts, History of Science/Technology/Medicine, Jewish Cookbooks and Cookery, Jewish History , Judaica, Knitters Inc., Language, Librarians who LibraryThing, Maryland Librarythingers, Mawrtyrs, Medicine, Name that Book, Needlearts, Nurses, Redwall Abbey, Weavers, בעברית LT in Hebrew
How's that for a variety? Hobbies, special needs, intellectual interests, alumnae, and more books; that sounds like a pretty good summation of a large portion of my life. Well, in truth, not the alumnae part; I'm not the least bit active in BMC alum stuff, I kind of wish I could block a lot of my college experience out of my memory, but I'd love to hook up with some people I've lost, so that's my motivation to belong to that group.
I think my favorites are the BookMooching and the Name that Book groups. BookMooching is very important to me both from a recycling/reuse point of view and a money saving one. I don't find the BM forums very functional, so I prefer to discuss activities on LT. In fact, it was through LT that I first discovered Mooching. My wishlist there is now close to 350 books; I've sent out something like 30 already, and more keep going in and out.
Name that Book is a delight. I just love discovering books I'd forgotten, tracking down ones I can't quite place, and even finding new ones I'd never heard of which others describe. The energy and excitement they express about certain books they had once treasured and now have re-discovered translate into a deep desire on my part to find and read their bookloves.
A few of my groups are extremely inactive, but it's always nice to have them around in case an issue ever arises.
In any case, I definitely have found that of almost all the social interactions in which I engage online, LT groups are one of the better areas. Most participants seem intelligent, coherent, pleasant, well-spoken, well-read, and interesting. The only other online message board or virtual community I find so pleasant is Knittyboard, but of course while we go quite off topic there, the community is composed of knitters, spinners, and general fiber artists.
I'll be checking other LT bloggers' thoughts on this area, but comments and suggestions for groups and boards are more than welcomed; they're encouraged. Help me pretend to be social!