Just like in other online communities, the author's "colony", I have found out very quickly, has its share of those sad, certainly lonely individuals, who think it is so terribly witty, presumably, or impressive on some hard to fathom, probably pathological level, to plaster serious and sensitive discussion threads with their want-to-punch-them-on-the-nose brand of shouted shallow smugness.
I have no time for this terribly odd nastiness that appears to contaminate the online world.
I was looking forward to refined discussion with fellow authors, seriously intent on exploring our craft together. Instead I find the kind of yah-boo point-scoring, dripping off the message boards like spit, that the rest of us grew out of in Primary School.
So the learning, as elsewhere online, is to avoid most of what goes on; those who pontificate so, are not authors, in any sense, serious about getting published.
Back to my Garrett and candle I run.