I guess you can call me a Dr Jekyl and My Hyde. I'm pretty helpful with travel, and have posted several travelogues with pictures of my trips that seems to attract many viewers. I have also organized a2k meets in San Francisco and Austin, and have attended meetings in Chicago, London, Hawaii, and Lippstadt, Germany.
Even though we may disagree on politics and religion, we get along fine face-to-face. We just had visitors from England, and we were able to show them around Northern California for a few days. They also traveled to Las Vegas and some national parks during their three week stay.
I contribute in the finance forums, and pretty active in the politics, religion, and science threads. That's where one has to have a rather thick skin if they're willing to hash out differences of opinion and position that can become rather heated.
The nice thing about a2k is that we have participants from all over the world, and all across the US. We have professionals of many fields, and some of us with some experience in labor and management.
Pull up a chair, and enjoy yourself. Take most of your participation as part of your education and entertainment; it'll satisfy both.