IF you want to join an active place where you can get information and ask questions, try Softcity.com. http://cafe.softcity.com/
Whenever you post a contribution, article, start a conversation, ask a question you receive "soft dollars." You can then use those dollars to purchase software at the softcity marketplace. http://shop.softcity.com/
So all your contributions earn you points that can be put towards purchases.
The folks are GREAT, active and will go to long lengths to help you with any problems you encounter online.
I'm having a great time there and have earned free dollars to spend at Amazon too. This is a perk you DO have to earn, by continuous contributions.
I posted both of Michael's blogs and have been voting on them each day to help him gain visibility for his efforts. The contest is still going on and will end Dec 31, 2010.