Currently running an experiment in cutting off nearly everyone in my social life for some period of time. Been a month so far. It's been lonely! This place helps a bit.
I think one of the best permanent values you can pull from anonymous forums is unfiltered perspectives that can't be found from people with a reputation to protect, including yourself. It's a form of privacy that fundamentally changes your method of processing ideas. To be so free! Very hard to embrace and use it though, which is why you hardly ever see any normies on boards.
The sandtrap in it though, is that this sense of community does not fulfill it's eventual purpose: To grow interpersonal bonds! To do that, you'd have to go against the very distinct difference that anonymous boards have: Being anonymous.
I think it's also important to note that it seems like most anons really do have a lot to get off their chest, struggling with serious problems, and often very introverted. So for one reason or another, usually are pretty volatile in maintaining a social connection.
So having said all that, I've got some questions for YOU specifically. (But I'd love to hear others' thoughts too).
Assuming you visit others, what attracts you to anonymous boards? If only this one, why? What is, or what WAS the value?
Do you have much of a social life irl? Do you feel cared for or loved?
Personal one, feel free to ignore but it does help roughly gauge life experience: How old are you?
Have you ever successfully helped someone in your life in a big way?
PS: No answer is too long. Seriously, I'd be impressed if you somehow manage it lol.