Team Liquid is full of awesome people. "Well, yes", I hear you say, "and what of it? How is this 'deep'?" What is deep about it is this. Team Liquid is full of awesome people, most of which spend the majority of their time living in their own small subcommunities, and most of which, for that reason, I will never get to know. Seriously, how many people here who are not from the mafia community know who Kavdragon is? How about Qatol? Anyone? Yet these people are incredible folks, who I am proud to consider my friends. Yet anyone who doesn't play mafia may never have the privilege of hanging out with them, or even knowing why they are awesome.
This made me immensely sad, there are so many people who, frankly, have a lot to share, and I might never get to know them because I'm too focused on my own little plot of land to see them, for example, I know that JingleHell posts in techsupport, that is literally all I know about him, I know that MoonBear is someone who does enough to get his own AMA, yet that is all I know about him. This is terrible! I could not allow this state of inequity to continue. There are people I need to get to know! So I did what I usually do when I encounter something that displeases me, I found a solution.
It is for this purpose that I present the Team Liquid Exchange Program
The Team Liquid Community Exchange Program
As easy as building a potato cannon!
So, what exactly am I proposing? It is simple, because there are literally hundreds of awesome people I would like to meet, I am going to go and explore one of the subcommunites I know nothing about for a period of two weeks. I will either become a regular there, or get to know a bunch of awesome people. Its win win! Then I will move to another subcommunitie, and so on and so forth. Eventually I will have at least explored every section TL has to offer.
Do I know anything about Map Making? No, (other than that barrin became a banling by working there). Does it matter? No, because I intend to hang out in the Map Making forum for the next two weeks and find out anything I can about the topic. I will post even if it is to ask noob questions, I will PM people who are making huge posts and great threads to get to know them better. I will educate myself on the topic, and by extension learn about myself and the people who make up TL.
Because in the end we are a bunch of passionate fans of esports, in one way or another, and its a freaking shame that I might miss out on knowing people and making friends simply because "DotA2 doesn't interest me". I cannot know it doesn't interest me! I haven't gotten to know it alongside the awesome people which I know for a fact inhabit that subforum.
"You exaggerate" I hear you think, "everyone knows everyone on TL!". Yes and no, I am of the belief that we are highly segregated, and that many, many of us stick to our little communities, where we know everyone, because we "don't care" about whatever it is that is going on elsewhere. This is exasperated by the very awesome possibility of customizing your sidebar so you never have to see things again. Some might argue that there aren't that many subcommunities here, which is why I was kind enough to compile a list of them. I skipped the very obvious General, SC2 and SC:BW sections. Although I think that we should all take the time to explore those. Some of these communities have forums, others are limited to threads, all are awesome.
Subcommunities of TL (in no particular order)
Health and Fitness
The Anime Thread (#tladt on Rizon)
The Pony thread
The automated ban list (hardly self contained, there are still "regulars")
Blogs (sort of)
Liquipedia (#liquipedia on quakenet IRC)
Korean Music Discussion
Touhou thread (I... don't even know what that is...)
the gay starcraft player thread
(if you can think of some that haven't occurred to me post them here or PM me and I will add them to the list)
The thing is, I'm almost 100% certain that this is not all of them, since there are probably several "thread based" communities, which I'm simply not seeing because those are circles I don't move in.
So, because I can, I'm going to start with Mapmaking and see who I get to know there. Then I will move somewhere else.
This is my recommendation to you, do exactly what I am doing, pick a community out of that list, one you have never set foot in before, and go find out who the mad awesome people who inhabit it are. Go join a game of mafia, find out what exactly overclocking is about, go read a girl blog and comment on it.
We need to stop living in our little holes and go meet the rest of Team Liquid, because at the end of the day we are all passionate people who share some interests.
That is all. I love you all. GMarshal.