Forum users will also regularly check back on threads that they are interested in to see if there are any new developments.Chat users tend to come and go, depending on how interesting they find the current discussion.It’s hard to tell who’s gay and who’s straight in these places, but it’s also hard to feel confident and safe in that environment.So I decided to look through dating sites on the Internet.I eventually found one gay guy who I started to chat with.They said things like, “The devil is living inside you.” I asked them not to tell anyone, but he told his wife.
Due to the fast pace of chat rooms, they are harder to moderate than forums.
Then we took his car to a dark and deserted place, and only then was he relaxed enough to show some interest in me.
That’s when I realized if I was going to be gay in Russia, in Vladivostok, that’s what my life would be like.
Most forums display a user's post count, date of registration and signature with his posts, which can contribute to a greater sense of community than is available from chat rooms.
While forums are displayed as ordinary websites in your browser, chat rooms often require the installation of a browser extension, plugin or third-party software such as Java or Flash.
This wasn't somewhere in Middle America: I grew up in Vladivostok, on the very eastern edge of Russia.