Asking people for their opinion/experiences on a forum, especially a subforum specifically about travel in Taiwan
is a legitimate avenue of inquiry
The trip is on short notice, so going out, finding a guidebook in English and reading it is not expedient =] . I'll be staying with a local, so that helps, but it never hurts to know about different goings on.
Besides, I was hoping to hear from people who have been there themselves recently or who already live there, as those are the best sources of info- I seem to have succeeded in my quest =] .