When I first got into traditional shaving (all of six years ago!) there were only two outlets to find others with similar interests: the old MSN Wetshavers forum (now defunct, RIP) and straightrazorplace (then on Yahoo Groups. OK, there was another shaving forum on MSN too but it pretty much ran in parallel with Wetshavers). Since then there have been a proliferation, with no fewer than 20 sites specifically devoted to traditional shaving–along with others that have subsections or long-term threads about shaving– that I know about. I don’t post as much as I used to but I regularly browse most of them: my Firefox “Shaving Discussions” bookmark opens 15 tabs! The sheer amount of knowledge and experience that can be found on the forums is astonishing. If you think you have some quirky, unsolvable shaving problem the odds are there’s someone out there who has had the same problem and solved it. Another interesting thing about the forums is that they are for the most part civil and welcoming of newcomers. You’ll find very little of the “read the FAQ, n00b!” attitude. Not that there aren’t arguements and various shannigans…just that there’s less of it than many other non-shaving-related subjects (and usually the big blow-ups just result in a new forum being formed, adding to the tapestry of the over-all community). But be sure to to “lurk” on a forum for a while to get familiar with its “personality” (and rules) before you post.
Do you visit the shaving forums? How would describe a particular forum’s “vibe?”