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Ever had a really special place to hang out?

Maybe it was a neighborhood coffee shop. A used book store, perhaps. A place to hang out where you felt completely comfortable and among friends. Where you could always count on stimulating conversations — sometimes cerebral, sometimes completely off the wall. Where you could exercise your intellectual curiosity and penchant for fun in equal measures.

That special place online is The WELL. A gathering place where the lost art of conversation trumps the sound bite. Where the currency is ideas. Where you actually know the name of the person you're talking with.

What makes The WELL different from other online communities?

The quality and diversity of the dialogue: No wading through endless dreck to find a few morsels of thoughtful, stimulating discourse. Whether you're interested in fierce debate, intellectual enrichment, mutual support, just hanging out or professional networking, you'll simply find more of what you're looking for at The WELL.

You know who you're talking with: As a WELL member, you use your real name. This leads to real conversations and relationships. It's the individual people here who determine the experience and create the community. This highly collaborative work in progress has been rolling since 1985.

You won't be subjected to advertising intrusions on The WELL. No blinking banners, no renting of your name or information to other companies.

For thousands of fascinating, intelligent people there's nothing like The WELL. See if the WELL's for you, and if you are for The WELL. Start by selecting a Membership plan.

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