I was part of what must have been one of the world's first forums, way back in 1996. Some strange discussions used to take place, usually late at night UK time, with all kinds of people, some of whom who were manning a US military surveillance base, somewhere in the wilds of America. I had better not mention where, because I don't think their participation was strictly in the rules.
They were bored, and had access to the internet. I was just beginning my love affair with it, and we were all excited about our dial-up connections. I was invited to moderate the discussions, and here I am, still at it. My wife is convinced that I'm mad, and perhaps she's right.