There are some that dismiss message board communication as being a pastime that doesn't exercise the mind. However, looking at some of the debates here, there are several members with really good writing skills. And as long as things are presented in a respectful manner (no personal attacks or what not), even opposing opinions can allow one to understand/ponder more the other side when written well. Do you believe communication here has improved your writing ability? Is it more intellectual than if members were in real life just talking or do you believe about the same?