Seeing the thread about the old TSR community, I was inspired to create this one. It's a place to details your online wanderings, however long or short, and the places that have shaped and defined you.
Highlights of my own past online life, in chronological order:
- Nintendo Norway: 2000, the first place where I felt I belonged. We had a pink chatroom for members and we were really nice to one another. There also was a forum existing for about a decade, with a bunch of lingering nostalgic veterans.
OORPG: around 2001, my first exposure to the English internet. It didn't last for long, but one of my close friends had a boyfriend there. I mostly had a broken heart and a bunch of self-pity.
- Spira Online/TSR/ToH: is the place that has stuck around the longest. Includes a bunch of you other old farts here!
- TPF/Cerapter.net Online: my own community in Norwegian, Pokémon related. Reached about 10k posts then faded. I bumped into one of the biggest posters IRL for the first time last week!
LotR Norway: I was part of the big Tolkien geek community in my country, and soon became a veteran. Several of my most interesting friends IRL were part of this community too, and I've gone to medieval fairs with them.
Machinae Supremacy Forum: never listened as much to one band as this one, and on their forum I had a kind of spam renaissance, reawakening the joy of posting a lot of silly harmless stuff. Throughout my time there, my avatars featured sexy pikachu chicks or sexy chicks dressed as pikachus.
- Draconity.org: I had an Otherkin journey once, and bumped into this closed community out of curiosity. A surprisingly active place. Met some really nice people with very fascinating thoughts, but in the end I couldn't relate to them as a community and grew apart from the identity.
That's about it. My golden time was 2001-2003, and the past decade I've been more of a lurker due to real-life occupations.
When I was young, the internet was a different place! Meh, I always wanted to be ancient anyway