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It's actually funny that OP should mention this topic, since I have thought on more than one occasion that I would like to talk about anime more, and that I might get more out of my internet experience if I made more of an effort to engage in discussions about the things I enjoy, rather than just reading and absorbing information.
However, a major impediment for me is that I tend to feel a little intimidated getting into an anime discussion with anyone on the internet. Part of it is that the user base of anime discussion forums / *chan boards / what have you always seem to be made up of hyperweebs who always seem to be up to date on whatever the latest, hottest thing in anime is, whose current playlists usually consist of stuff that's currently airing in Japan. I am sort of an oddity in otakudom in that I would rather buy a series on DVD than download/stream it, which means that I am usually not even aware of the existence of a series until it has been acquired by an American distribution company, subbed or dubbed into English, and released on DVD. I also have a job and other hobbies besides otaku stuff, and I don't always have that much time to just sit and watch anime. So sometimes I will buy a series (usually a few months to a few years after US release) but not get around to watching it until several months later. I also like a lot of older anime, which is frustrating because it seems like a lot of anime fans have major ADD and can't focus on anything except whatever the biggest thing in anime is RIGHT NOW.
The end result is that I always feel like I am way behind the times anime-wise, and every time I step onto a board it's full of threads on shows I know nothing about. Furthermore, if I try to start a thread that goes like "hey, I just started watching Chobits for the first time, and it's pretty good and blah blah etc..." it always gets flooded by abusive bullshit from super-otaku posting slowpokes and comments like "how the hell have you never seen that show before?" and calling me a normie or a poser or whatever.
So...tl;dr, those are my thoughts. another wall of text for
to bitch about.