Reasons why I prefer SF over AA (and have used it exclusively save for 1-2 posts): 1. Forum division: I like having a wide range of topics to talk about, and the general chat and social forums, for example, encourage members to do so with the added function of keeping off-topic threads (and the subsequent carping against them) that is bound to crowd a message board with a single discussion forum. I've read some great discussions and found a lot of helpful advice through the non-cloting forums here as well. 2. Moderation: I like that j and Steve (and now the new streetwear crew) act like bar owners who always hang out and take the time to chat with and befriend guests at their place. You never forget that they're in charge, but you also feel at home around them and can respect them as one of the guys. On AA, I don't get that feeling with malinda, who seems to be the primary moderator there. I don't disrespect her, as she's obviously intelligent and does a good job of policing the forums. But that's just how she comes across- as a policewoman; correct me if I'm wrong, but I've never seen her participate in any discussions other than to exert authority and chastize people. That comes across as excessively distant, and really turns me off. 3. SF does a good job of playing the happy medium in catering to all demographics. The younger-oriented streetwear and designer forums I've seen tend to be full of people with really shallow interests in clothing and more of a desire to turn it into a pissing contest. On AA, many of the posters actually know their clothing, but in general there is a similar air of condescension that appears towards younger posters with knowledge, as well as a tendency for threads to get hijacked into shallow class arguments. SF really maintains a good balance between knowledge and humility, and I appreciate it. I actually think the AA:graduate seminar comparison is apt, based on my experience with the trend of creating college classes for more pop-culture-oriented material. The subject matter clearly lends itself to being discussed at a casual gathering of friends, but not in an academic curriculum, and trying to force it into the latter only injects a layer of self-important pretentiousness that undermines its appeal.