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Before there were guestbooks or blogs or webforums, in the dim and dusty days of yore before the creation of the World Wide Web, there were bulletin boards and newsgroups. When I first got online back in 1987 I was active on several of these. Most are long gone.
One place I hung out online from 1995 to 2017, my virtual home on the nets, was the newsgroups at news.sff.net. I won't bore you with all the history, but my personal newsgroup, sff.people.lwe, was my refuge and delight, and I rather regretted that I was not immediately able to establish a connection between the newsgroup and my webpage. I tried a few times, but it seemed as if websurfers and newsgroup users were separate communities who didn't want to merge.
But then SFF Net provided software that served as a web interface for the newsgroup, so that it looked like a blog or forum, so I created this page to take advantage of that.
The Misenchanted Guestbook always had space constraints because of its linear nature; this discussion area didn't have that problem.
On the Web I always tried to put on my best face, to be polite and well-behaved and make a good impression on people discovering me for the first time; in the newsgroup I was less restrained. I knew there weren't kids around, for one thing, and I always felt as if I was among friends, rather than talking to an audience -- where the webpage is a stage, the newsgroup was my back porch, where pretty much anything goes as far as subject matter. Not, I hasten to add, as far as behavior; I didn't tolerate flaming or blatantly offensive behavior, but topics could be very varied, and language could be more, um... colorful.
Alas, in January of 2017 SFF Net announced that the newsgroups would be shut down in March. That meant the end of this Discussions page as originally created.
I'm hoping to find a way to restore it, but for now, I don't have one. The best I can do is to point you at my blogs, "The Mind Control Lasers Lied to Me" and "The Serial Box," or my LiveJournal, or my Facebook Page.
-- Lawrence Watt Evans
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