LayerVault, thanks for making DN. DN: you are such an awesome community!
Here are some of my favorite things about DN as a place and community:
- Honesty/Openness: No one's afraid to downvote when necessary, for instance, a... umm... particularly bad MOTD ;). Critique can be asked for and is given straightforward and without restraint. This is probably my favorite thing because I believe it's what helps people improve the most.
- "Exclusiveness" and inclusiveness: Anyone can join, but at specific times, ensuring that everyone joins deliberately.
- Simplicity: Smooth and intuitive interface (though I must admit I was a bit confused about the MOTD at first), with easy navigation.
- Variations on a theme: Conversations usually converge on design, but more people than just designers are represented.
- Free-ness: 'Nuff said.
I must've missed a bunch of things-- why do you love DN?