Where else can I find smart people online?
January 26, 2010 1:23 PM   Subscribe

I love AskMeFi and MetaFilter because (well, it's just awesome) of the intelligent conversation. Where else can I find that online? I have a wide range of interests, so suggestions can be very varied as far as topic(s) go!
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posted by Jaltcoh at 1:25 PM on January 26, 2010

The Something Awful forums are well moderated, have subforums for many different topics, and have a large user base. On the down side it costs $10 to register. Make sure you read the rules before posting because they'll ban you.
posted by ghharr at 1:53 PM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]

A helpful recent AskMe
posted by alligatorman at 2:04 PM on January 26, 2010

Making Light
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 2:05 PM on January 26, 2010

Seconding Something Awful.
posted by Jairus at 3:03 PM on January 26, 2010

Guardian Talk is fantastic, though perhaps slightly UK-centric. Is SA worth the cash, then? I've thought about joining but worried it was a bit 4Chan, which I cannot be bothered with.
posted by mippy at 3:43 PM on January 26, 2010

I don't know what "a bit 4 chan" means but I'm going to assume it means wacky or juvenile or obsessive or something. There are parts of SA that are devoted to less than serious discussion (GBS, BYOB, FYAD) but it is generally against the rules for those subforms to leak into the other discussion forums. If you stick to the topical forums (like sports, cars, fitness, cooking, politics / issues, guns, drugs, tech, pets, media) you will generally only find well-moderated, interesting, and topical discussion. The on-going thread on home brewing, for example, is excellent and full of good advice. Well worth the $10 in my opinion, but I've been a member for almost 6 years and probably browse at least an hour a day.
posted by ghharr at 4:55 PM on January 26, 2010

May be too music centric but I love everything is smart and intense.
posted by najja at 6:56 AM on January 27, 2010

Try brainstorms.rheingold.com - its free. Or for a monthly fee try the oldest online community on the web at www.well.com
posted by alshain at 11:47 AM on February 5, 2010

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