Just going to chime in here since a lot of you seem to have some pretty strong feelings toward this.
My day job is a Security Consultant. Not one who sits in your office telling you how many times you should reset your password. But the kind who is hired to break companies, and tear apart networks.
I am hired to target people like you guys in order to get at things much bigger.
While this forum is essentially a pool for discussion knowledge etc, I can tell you now, with some compromised accounts on here, myself and the people I work with could do considerable damage. Not here, but everywhere else you touch.
We treat forums, and 'hobby' sites as large targets during attack simulation jobs as they can be gateways into companies through password reuse, personal information disclosure, and social engineering.
I won't go into a massive rant, but simply tell you a story from a year or so back.
My boss was hired to attack a large global company.
His first stop was to target the people, not the technology.
He chose someone who was a Sys Admin and began looking at his life.
He noticed he enjoyed hiking as mentioned in a little blurb somewhere.
Due to tracking him down on some obscure hiking website, somewhere he felt comfortable, he socially engineered him through the site, leading to the compromise of his email accounts and Macbook, then used that as gateway into his corporate life. The end result was full compromise of his companies domain.
While this is not common. It is done. Everything in your life is a lot more connected than you think.
You're all free to make whatever passwords you want. But, as some advice, don't go for short complicated little things. Honestly, the most time consuming passwords to bruteforce or use a dictionary attack against are simply long ones.
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For every character you add to your password, you exponentially increase the time it takes to brute. That leaves human guessing, or a different attack vector, such as phishing.
I could go far more in-depth with all this but I'm sure most of you have stopped reading by now.