First, I learned to be myself. I was very shy, very scared about what would people say about me, and the things I like besides Pokemon. Granted I was 19 with extreme shyness. So, I didn't care if I added that I still like Britney Spears or Selena Gomez or if I'm so amazing because I'm a helper. So, even if people have a slight problem about that, I'd just keep my head up and move on and not make an argument.. :)
Secondly, when I was on staff, the biggest thing I learned was leadership. Modding a forum is similar as watching over a section at a department store. I wasn't fully aware about the "leadership" until the majority of my notifications (both PMs and VMs) were actually questions...because I told them all I'd be available always for any of that. xD Also, in the past I was so scared of making decisions of my own. I mean, if I was given two choices, I'd pick the wrong one, and ALL HELL WILL BREAK LOOSE. Being staff changed my opinion towards that. As I made my first decision on staff, I wasn't afraid to choose others that were coming my way. Thanks to that, I'm not afraid to think, as well as make any decisions irl.
Alongside that, it taught me to grow out of my nooby shell, and talk to people! In the past I couldn't really talk to anyone but 1-2 people. Today, I talk to almost half of PC lmao.
i wanna make your h e a r t beat
i love it when it b e a t s for me, yeah
imma make sure that you f e e l alive ♥
Ooh I learned social interaction. Seriously, I learned how to behave online and off from PC. I started understanding people and cultures better and things like that. I don't really want to detail because it's a lot of stuff and I'm not certain about much of it, but I went from being an insane, sheltered, egotistical brat to a much more mellow and humble person. Still not the epitome of human excellence, but I'm a much better person in general than I was eight years ago.
PC has totally furthered my programming skills. It was already a hobby before and I had already worked on some forums in the past (that's how I got into programming), but being on PC there have been so many little tweaks and backend enhancements, or feature creation or tweaks, what have you.
Also just a lot about how the Internet works in general. As a web designer/programmer I feel like PC has taught me a lot about Internet society, in a way. What people expect and how to cater to certain crowds, etc.
Definitely been a great learning experience.
x paired with sylphiel x i won't burn out i'll just burn up
I learned not to care quite so much what other people think of me. I was nearly too scared to move on this forum when I first joined, thinking I'd be annoying people left, right and center. Now I'm not really fussed if people don't like what I have to say.
PC taught me not to worry so much about what people might think of me, to be honest. Before I joined, I used to make posts and instantly regret saying something/edit the post because I thought it made me seem stupid; this happened so often to the point where it was just unhealthy. I pretty much put on a mask just so I didn't seem incompetent, but thankfully I'm long over that.
Before I got modded, I used to be scared I'd make silly or wrong decisions as a mod that would embarrass me or something, admittedly. I don't feel that way anymore and am much more confident in doing mod duties. :3 I think I'm lucky that I got modded to a section on my own, because it helped my confidence a bit since I was put into a scenario where I had to make my own decisions. Don't get me wrong, it's lovely to have a partner you can lean on when you need to, but going solo was really what I needed to work on being more confident in myself. XD;
aaalso I somewhat broke out of my shyness zone. I'm still shy, but dropping messages off on people's profiles doesn't scare me as much~