It’s now been a couple of years since Milepoint went live. After all that time, there are names that I frequently recognize. There are some that I actually consider friends, despite the fact that I’ve never met them! So how does one person evaluate where we are after this time? First of all, I remember the first description offered as it went online was that it would be a kinder, gentler place. Obviously, we all knew what they were comparing it to! That said, most of us here since the beginning know just how very much we owed to FlyerTalk. There is simply no way to quantify how the information on FT positively affected the trips I took and the information I learned. But like most, I also knew the sting of intemperate comments, the times I was made to feel like an idiot while either trying to get information or even trying to help someone! To that description, I can absolutely say that Milepoint is extremely user-friendly. It's funny but when a conversation rarely gets contentious, the first comment you read is that "this is MP, not FT!" To the extent that one looks to community for like minded friends, it is, to me, clearly more of a community. I know that when I post something, it will be received the way it was intended - and that means a lot and certainly encourages me to participate. I am always blown away when one of the better known participants and even bloggers reaches out to offer help - help that others willingly pay for! The biggest downside is the lack of years of history. When I need destination information, I will sometimes return to FT - and at this point, instead of going there multiple times each day (I know, I have no life!), I go maybe once or twice a week. But it is interesting to me that once I get some basic information, I will usually return to Milepoint to ask specific questions. I have faith that someone will pick up on it and treat me like a friend. That’s big. I can only think of one or two times over the last year that I used FT for everything as MP didn’t provide the support I needed. But more than that, when I learned about FT, it was truly fully-formed. I was simply one more member and a newbie at that! And I don’t want to make it seem like all of my interactions were tense - far from it. It’s just that I have a sense of being a stakeholder at MP rather than simply a user at FT. I feel a commitment to its success that I never felt and certainly knew was not needed at FT. Frustrations? Sure. I sometimes get concerned when I see one or two posts in an entire day. When you go to the first thread and see very little action. To that end, I think we all need to not only think about what questions we have but what knowledge we can share. My strong sense is that we take the knowledge we’ve learned and assume everyone knows it! I think it is far from the truth. A number of threads I’ve started have surprised me with the conversations that have arisen out of sharing my thoughts. I encourage you all to do the same - to make sure that MP continues to be the vibrant and yes, friendly source of wisdom it has been.