I've said before that I believe these forums serve as the modern equivalent of the back fence, the courthouse steps, or where ever it was that folks in your part of the world gathered years ago to share information, gossip and just spin yarns.
The main difference is that we can talk with folks in all parts of the country and for that matter, all over the world.
It's just a part of our human nature to want to share what we know with other folks. We don't have to do everything ourselves that way and it's just fun.
"If he's out of range, it just means that he has another day and so do you."