Joined Hip 5 years ago. Enjoyed the banter in the many thread sections. Good questions and comments from the members. Trouble with Hip is the moderators, although they say they promote free speech, they will censor comments that go against their ideals. Moderators are selected based on the amount of money they contribute to the operation of the site. With this a moderator will begin to control the area in which assigned putting their agenda and ideals ahead of the members input. Many become oppressive when confronted and will eliminate your membership with false claims of inappropriate posting. It has a small participation across the board for a site with world wide access. If you wish for a more diverse forum platform look elsewhere.