I agree with you for the most part and I know that you have been a member who does not often appear on the posts but I do remember you (catchy name)!
Many of us here have become “friends”, some closer than others. I do feel that many of these members are very good friends and people that I care about. The number of posts/stars etc. does not necessarily endear them to me. What does catch my attention is their interest and passion for the DR and its people. I am sure that is why some members have more stars than other. I am glad the “Karma” points have gone as I think they could be used more for a popularity quotient than anything else. I also believe that once one becomes acquainted with the site and its members one can easily differentiate the effluent!
There was an earlier thread likening us to addicts. It is true for me. I am addicted to finding out as much as I am able to about the DR, it’s people, customs, traditions, politics etc. I also like to know a little about the people who post, volunteer and in general are involved with the DR, whether they are working, living, holidaying or volunteering. It makes me feel more connected to the world in general and the people on this site.
As Amanda stated it would be great ot meet many of the other members but I too save my $ for the annual tropical holiday. Just can not fathom spending time in Canada (although it is very beautiful) for xxamount of $ when I could be someplace very, very, warm and all my cares looked after by others!
Would love to meet the others in the DR but the DDT group trip at this time does not work for me and hubby. So, until we can all meet in Paradise the site will just have to do as a way to keep in touch and let others know I am thinking, caring and sharing with them!
PS-This is just a general answer and not directed at any individual.