When I was in high school, I absolutely DEVOURED This Rock (now Catholic Answers magazine, or something). I used to read their "Ask and Apologist" forum all the time. Now most of the answers they give are just links to other answers or their tracts. Fr. Vincent Serpia still gives amesome answers, and most of the time I really like Michelle Arnold as well. I've used their tracts as springboards for finding good quotes from Church Fathers on different issues. But I agree, their forums need an overhaul. I think part of the problem might be that it's so big now (and pretty old, in internet years), it's hard to regulate or develop a strong sense of community. One of the reasons why I really enjoy phatmass is that if you put the time and effort into becoming something of a regular, you can have a real rapport with people. You're allowed to disagree or change your mind on something, and people won't give you too much croutons about it.
Father Vincent Serpa. Michelle Arnold is really good, too. Neither compete with Tim Staples, of course. I've met him a lot
of times and he's a really great guy. We agree 100% on everything as well. He refers to me as his "Kansas groupie".
Phatmass is a really great site. I didn't like it for a while, but after I found out people didn't hate me and didn't single me out for fun but they simply wanted to help me I really got along with everyone. Generally everyone has helped me through crisis's at one point or another and you won't find a group like that at too many sites. I will admit nobody here ever gets tired of hearing their own humor, but I'm the same way so I fit in.
Edited by FuturePriest387, 05 May 2012 - 06:41 PM.