is it weird that I feel closer to many of the people on Hubski (some of whom I've never met in meatspace) than some of my "friends" on Facebook? Close-nit? you betcha. Now don't get me wrong, we have words once in a while... but usually in a civil manner and almost always with the greater good in mind.
I vote you interview the hubski founders for your project (when they're in town).
We make fun of Michigan a lot around here.
Since the founders are from there... there are several of us also from there... but truthfully, we are in the minority. There are users from all over the world. It's crazy. And hey... I've been around the block... there are a LOT of places worse than Howell, Michigan (and Brighton too TNG...). The Mitten is a wonderful place (to visit).