@shadsy ohhhh I can't wait to dig in to this!!!
@shadsy This is such a beautiful narrative and reminds me of being a child on the internet at this very same time.
@shadsy I just actually finished this, and it really really hit me hard. I joined a fan-forum for a "funny animal" (not technically furry) webcomic on my 13th birthday and over 2 or 3 years forced myself to the highest post count.
That was my dang life online for about 8 years, with the site shifting towards the social sections after the comic finally stopped being written, then shifted to IRC towards the end and finally closed down around 2008 or 9.
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@shadsy we had a similar in-joke for new members, although I don't remember what the directions were anymore.
There was a perfectly nice member with autism who was considered extremely annoying and banned, and for years every annoying new member was accused of being him using a proxy.
There are actually a few members in the retro-gaming community from there, two guys from the ZZT scene named Dr. Dos and someone who used to call himself maZZTer.
@shadsy anyway, thanks again for writing this piece (and for reading my own rambling, I'm sure you can imagine how I'm feeling right now)
@68kmentat I'm really glad you enjoyed it, and I'm touched that you're able to relate it to your own experiences like that. I get why it can be tough to revisit it
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