I DO NOT ACCEPT FRIEND REQUESTS FROM PEOPLE TO WHOM I'VE NEVER SPOKEN. And no, a message saying "hi" is not a conversation.
I'm 29 and a college graduate with a Bachelor's in Psychology. I'm a Ph.D program drop-out, but hey, I'm a lot happier now. I'm now back in college for a second Bachelor's in Computer Science.
I've been into anime since I was four years old, beginning with Tonari no Totoro; I'm only casual on the manga front but I do at least look into anything that looks remotely interesting.
A note about my lists and scores: You'll find that I score most things pretty highly. This is because I don't use the number rating system as a measure of objective quality. I rate based on how the anime/manga made/makes me feel.
I'm not going to argue, for example, that the animation/story in K-On! were absolutely amazing (though people who comment in slice of life episode discussions saying that such-and-such anime sucks because "nothing happened" make me laugh), nor will I argue that Chaos;Head's plot was perfectly put together.
However, at the end of the day, I feel warm and/or at peace when I think back on those series (and all other series I've rated highly). Those feelings are worth a 9 or 10, in my opinion, and no amount of "OMG BUT TEH PLOTHOLES" nor "MY GOD THIS ANIMATION BURNS MY EYES" nor even "HOW CAN U LIEK MOE!? THE ANIME INDUSTRY HAS GONE SO FAR DOWNHILL!" will make me forget the profound comfort I feel from what others would claim to be sub-par or terrible anime or manga.
After all, I watch anime and read manga to be entertained; so that (even if only for awhile) I can put the real world on hold. I see people in first episode discussions say things like "I hated everything about this episode and the characters. I'm not going to drop it though because I want to give it the low score it deserves at the end."
Is that worth the time? Why watch something you dislike when the time could be spent doing something you enjoy?
Any way, I'm rambling, but the point is that I rate based on my feelings because I see no merit in picking apart and dwelling on animation quality or plot development when doing so would reduce my enjoyment of whatever it is I'm watching or reading.