Hi Til!! Good question.....are forums WORTH joining? Hmmmmm......the wording of your question, helps me out quite a bit, with my reply.
I have joined several forums for a comment or two...and with some, I have followed along through most of it. It really all depends. It especially depends on the subject matter. It's fairly obvious to me, that some questions are posed, specifically to stir people up and start a war. Very stupid move, but it is done quite a bit.
I steer completely away from the "Religion" My-God's-Better-Than-Your-God, tirades. Those are simply ignorant and near-insane. The only thing I would love to post in the middle of those, directed at everyone involved, is SHUT-UP!!
On the other hand, no matter how acceptable & interesting the subject may be, there are always those "few, unique" individuals, who manage to get into insults and arguments any way. What I witness at those times, is that 95% of participants, totally ignore the troublemaker...and continue on track, without even acknowledging their ignorant comment. and that's actually the best way to get them to leave.
I've had some fun on a few forums and enjoyed learning all the different views that we share.
Bottom line? Choose your forums wisely...and then, choose to stay or leave, depending on your own comfort zone.....Disagreement and debate is OK too...as long as everyone can remain mature and civil. We ALL have our limits and our moments.......I get a little scared on some of them.....scared of EFFER, because you never know when she's gonna bite back!.....Good to see you, Your Highness!! Love ya, Paula