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My reflections on my experiences on the internets: and what they mean for us now

AbsoluteZeroAbsoluteZero Member, SkyVu Beta Tester Posts: 3,409 Noble
edited January 2015 in Community
I've been on the internet for only a little while (four years) but that has been more than long enough for me to note some things that have happened to me, and think about my experiences some. I've come a long way since i first joined the forums, and even further than when i first started legitimately using the internet. But really what i'm going to discuss is my experience being a part of several communities, and what it has to do with this one. I'm just going to write what is on my mind, so this may turn into a little bit of a rant.

Anyway, i have been part of several communities over those four years. To name some of the major ones, Fleck touch, Skyvu Chatango, Pokemon showdown, and these forums (and yes, chatango was once a very different community from the forums). But there is something i've noticed about all of these places, and a question i would like to pose. In each of these communities, i made many good friends. I would talk to them with regularity, and i truly had some great times. But without fail, every time these communities would either fail or begin almost completely anew. All of the friends i make at every single one, they all disappear forever. On the internet, losing track of someone like that is basically their death to you. So this is the question i have to pose. Is it really worth it to make friends in these small communities, only to lose them? It's inevitable. It happens every time. And it is very, very irritating.

The list of people i desire to see again has grown very lengthy, and it bothers me because i am only 14. I know that i will stay on the internet for pretty much my entire lifetime. If i live to be in my seventies at the least, how many people will be lost to me forever? Past friend? Rivals? Peers? It truly boggles my mind to think about it. Even scarier, i know i'll forget my experiences with them, and who they are in the first place.

I think we all know where this is going though. This community. Everything i have said about making friends is true of this place. And we all know that Skyvu is in bad condition, and to be blunt about it i don't see this forum having much (if any) future. What does that mean of the friends i have made here? Will we find a way for our community to ascend beyond the forums? Or will all of this be lost forever? These questions may not seem relevant, but we know there will be a day where they must be answered.

I'm beginning to question if i am interneting wrong though. Should i just try not to make friends, and visit places like 4chan and reddit? Or be social and become a part of a legitimate community. How you go about the internet is an ideology. And i don't know which one is for me. I hope all of you that have read this far know what is best for you. But i don't. And i sincerely hope, that our little forums makes it through. And as sad as it is,i know it most likely won't. I've seen this happen too many times. And just to get this out of my system, i am no going to thank the members of this forum and the chatango group for the times we have all had together. It was my privilege to be a part of these communities, and i cannot thank you all enough.


But at the same time, we need to work towards a future we want. We need to decide what it is we want, and start shooting for it now, or we probably won't make it.

Just some words from me, idk if you found this insightful or anything, but i was sincere in all of its meaning.
OKY was here

Comments

  • AbsoluteZeroAbsoluteZero Member, SkyVu Beta Tester Posts: 3,409 Noble
    @Fluttershyisbestpony I think that's the best way to respond to the situation. But seriously, i have a long way to go when it comes to my life. And to think that already i'm beginning to reflect on it. It's funny in an ironic way really, a lot lies in wait for us ( i'm sure you are young too). Make the most of it is really all i can think of that.
    OKY was here
  • LatroLatro Member Posts: 2,095 War Hero
    Pretty much what @Fluttershyisbestpony‌ said.

    Also, I wouldn't get too involved in either Reddit or 4chan … especially 4chan. They can both prove to be very disturbing corners of the internet … :neutral_face:
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  • FluttershyisbestponyFluttershyisbestpony Member, MVP Posts: 3,933 Exalted
  • SP4RKSSP4RKS Banned, Member, SkyVu Beta Tester Posts: 7,518 Fabled
    @Latro Only the NSFW and Adult boards I'd suggest you stay off of. The rest of them aren't that bad.
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  • SlateSlate Member, SkyVu Beta Tester Posts: 6,932 Fabled
    I'd like you guys to stop being so negative and be yourselves, without saying how this forum is going to die soon or how BBG sucks.
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  • AbsoluteZeroAbsoluteZero Member, SkyVu Beta Tester Posts: 3,409 Noble
    @Slate Bbg is better off than it used to be, but there really isn't much else to say.
    OKY was here
  • SlateSlate Member, SkyVu Beta Tester Posts: 6,932 Fabled
    If you guys stopped doing what I posted above this place would be a lot better. The only reason the forum sucks is because you guys always complain about the forum sucking.
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  • FluttershyisbestponyFluttershyisbestpony Member, MVP Posts: 3,933 Exalted
    @Slate Totally agree right there, I've kept my yap shut on those threads for this very reason.
  • FishThingFishThing Member, MVP Posts: 18,601 Fabled
    Slate wrote: »
    If you guys stopped doing what I posted above this place would be a lot better. The only reason the forum sucks is because you guys always complain about the forum sucking.

    You get it.
  • ClinkzboneClinkzbone Member Posts: 3,201 Noble
    If you really want to keep in touch with people, you could exchange emails and things like that you know...

    That's what I've done in a few places with some people who were especially close friends, and I still keep in touch with some people from a game that died like 2 years ago (the servers actually shut down).
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  • Alex17Alex17 Member Posts: 1,613 Lieutenant
    If you have the time and effort, I'd say make friends in BOTH universes. Have people that support you even after you lose a friend. I have lost friends in the communities of games like Mario Kart Wii, Clash Of Clans, and Battle Bears Gold. It's just something that happens to everyone, and it's best to make the most out of time you spend with that person instead of worrying about when they're leaving.
  • SilentDDSilentDD Member, SkyVu Beta Tester Posts: 12,754
    Something that I hypocritically dislike is the fear of forgetting fond memories. The fundamental purpose of enjoying yourself is to live that enjoyable moment once and then move on to other good times. So parting with friends of any kind should never be seen as something back but merely a part of the natural flow of human life. Good things disappear just as easily as they appear so long as you're willing to continue "living."
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