I think one of the reasons I stay so tightly knit inside the GNOME community is that virtually every other Linux'ish based community I've crossed into makes me want to leave computing behind altogether.
GNOME has created a bubble where I feel valued and that my time and effort makes a difference in peoples lives. It may not be a huge community, but it's consistently been the best choice for me.
@hergertme they're p. fuckin salty about everything, elsewhere
I don't really use gnome, (I end up grabbing i3 instead if I do use unix) but I respect what they do