How would I describe the site? I think the Monastery is a very apt metaphor. It feels like being in some sort of rambling old place, with nodes and crannies waiting to be explored. There's no tour guide, but there are plenty of friendly monks around with advice if one asks. No big map on the wall with everything explicitly labled, no linear directions, but the rooms all have names that hint at what might be contained within and exploration is encouraged.
Everything seems easily connected to nearly everything else. It's easy to jump from a question, into someone's node, into someone's link and right back to the question again. About the time I think I've 'seen it all' I find another section, a deeper level that I missed before. (I suppose that's not the case for those of you have been here for months and years.)
I also like the personal nodes. It's like an open invitation to someone's sitting room, or library. There's quite a bit of valuable information linked up out there. All in all, I like the site, dusty corners and all.