The Who's Online quick link shows the number of members and guests online. This was this evenings total. Obviously ARRSE is becoming more and more popular and more people are viewing these pages. Why? TheBigUns Friday philosophical. One, and probably the main benefit of ARRSE is obvious, it's free. We can communicate with other like minded people 24/7 for the price of our (or a free workplace) internet connection. Donations are gratefully accepted though. http://www.arrse.co.uk/content/296-donate.html Another advantage is being able to share common knowledge and advice, and in a lot of cases giving us the ability to learn. I think almost everyone has learnt something while being on ARRSE? It gives us the opportunity to talk to other people who we share a common bond with. (Well in most cases ) Through ARRSE, we are able to connect with military minded people of all ages and across all social boundaries, people of all ranks and experience who, by and large come on ARRSE because they want to. By looking through and contributing to ARRSE you often gain a large amount of information and guidance; its not just a case of something to do. We are able to chat and converse with people who share the same interests, concerns and problems, which in turn gives us that warm fluffy belonging feeling. Through ARRSE, similar individuals can be united in one place, without having to leave the comfort of our home or the office or the discomfort of wherever you happen to be on duty or on Ops. In todays technological world you could even be logged onto ARRSE from your internet enabled phone on Mount Everest. Furthermore, and dare I say this, the more you use ARRSE the more you are respected. (Or not in some cases, yeah I know) If you use ARRSE more often than most, you become a recognised member and it's likely that the other members will be interested to hear what you have to say (although there are notable exceptions) and also, in the case of some of the more senior members, even trust what they say. Despite what some may think ARRSE is usually very welcoming and members actively encourage others to communicate and share their knowledge. Treat others as you would expect to be treated and you cant go far wrong. I think the popularity of ARRSE is largely to do with the camaraderie, the banter, the piss taking and the free knowledge and advice that you can gain from being a part of the most popular online British Army community. Smile, you are all unique. Thats why Im here, what about you?