Back in the halcyon days of FFXI, my LS and I often used Alla as a resource while simultaneously bemoaning the forum community as by-and-large asshats. The days of epic HNMLS drama, et al. That changed over the years as the game simmered down.
But my god.... The official SE FFXIV forums are the Mos Eisley of the Internet. I can't imagine how those people remember to breathe in between insults and self-aggrandizement. Never in my life have I seen so much bad attitude and outright resentment between players. Alla is slow, but the content is an absolute paradise in comparison. Even GFAQs is better by miles.
Who the **** are these people and where did they come from?
Keep rocking on, Allakhazam. You've got it right as far as a community.