I've been using a lot more paper recently.
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Jason Tate (chorus.fm and his Liner Notes newsletter) pointed to this piece by Joan Westenberg on the appeal of classic web forums for communities over asychronous group chat apps like Slack and Discord which have largely replaced them. I used to moderate a social forum of peers way back when I was fifteen, and it was an experience I couldn't imagine not having. Reading this article flooded me with feelings of nostalgia and got me curious about potentially running something like a Discourse server these days to try to recapture some of that music, but I'm not sure if I've got the community management skills. It sure is something I'm curious about.
I try to be very careful about getting too "old man yells at cloud" as I age, but I have to say, hand-coded websites and blogs, forum communities, and AIM chats with clear "online," "away," and "offline" distinctions really did feel like a social sweet spot for the internet in a lot of ways.
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