A sense of community indeed...
I know precisely what he is talking about. Many of my friends - I've met in the "community". Many of the people I talk to every day - I've met in the "community".
One of my recurring themes "participate".
I was very much warmed by the reaction to Mark Rittman's unfortunate chain of events. The Oracle Community - wow, very nice feeling indeed. Those that participate make it all worthwhile - all being "all" really.
I've used the community in the past, present and will be in the future. Hope it keeps up :)