I have so many amazing stories since joining Bloodlines back on September 4th, 2009. My first month of SL I was completely anti bloodlines! And I am so glad I changed my mind. I have met the most amazing people because of Bloodlines. The people I consider my family here, they have no only been there for me in SL but also for my RL as well. I am a syndicated fashion blogger in SL and i love what I do, and honestly, I wouldn't have started it if it wasn't for the connections in the SL Fashion industry i made because of the people I met through Bloodlines (Waves to Pily Whitesong and Elize Enzo) LOL.
Through Bloodlines and the clan I started with, I found a true sense of community that was not just about Bloodlines. We encouraged each other with what we wanted to achieve in SL and in RL. People who 2 short years ago were complete strangers, are now some of my dearest friends, not only in SL but in RL as well. I have seen two people meet in their Bloodlines Clan, Fall in love on SL and then take it to RL. I personally know of five couples, one of which just celebrated the birth of their RL baby boy....and they met because of Bloodlines.
Me personally, I have learned many things having risen through the ranks of my clan that I now implement in my RL. Diplomacy, dealing with people of different cultures, being patient when their is a language barrier, conflict resolution. Heck i have seen 0 day old noobs on sl join a bloodlines clan and because of the help and support they get from their new family, by day five can dress themselves, edit objects, open a box, know how to teleport, create nc's folders, search their inventory, check their mute lists, send ims, send friend requests, learn how to navigate their dashboard on the main secondlife website and basically function like a person who has been on sl for MONTHS. I don't know many places outside of Bloodlines that do that. I have people say to me if it wasn't for the people they met in Bloodlines they would have left SL, cause until they joined a Bloodlines clan, either as a vampire, lycan or human, they were bored silly on sl with no one to talk to.
You can always spin something bad, and the detractors are usually the ones with the loudests mouths. Yes, I am well aware that there are some people who have not had a great experience in Bloodlines, but I can tell you from personal experience, that is an extremely tiny number and not the experience of the majority.
PS - For over 2 years now, Bloodlines Players have not been able to bite any avatar under 14 days old who first does not put on the Bloodlines HUD. So the biting 0 day old avi's has been gone, for a very very very very long time. Most people in Bloodlines do not send out random bites, in fact, most people in Bloodlines discourage it. To judge a thriving, creative, active community based on the actions of a true minority is really quite narrow minded. I know how Bloodlines has enriched my SL experience and that is all i can speak of.