Yeah, so this is my angry purist post.
This evening, I read this article: Ze, Buckley and Homestar Runner Tell All
All I will say on it is this:
I spent a year beating myself up over why I couldn't get the PostORG running. I tried adding features. I tried encouraging people to participate. I tried re-capturing that spirit that got us going in the first place.
It didn't work out. I still don't know how one could inspire, but mine couldn't. I keep telling myself that what momentum could have died when the ORG shut down, I helped keep some of it going. For a bit. Some of it because Ye-Olde-Personality Ze decided to have another project (colorwars).
You know, I've been beating myself up over failing for far too long. It's just bad feelings that I drag along with me.
So, in the spirit of me properly moving on...
1) The jargon of that period is now officially an anachronism. I'm done with it.
2) Any commenter that quotes "those jokes" is subject to unfair censorship.
It's not that I didn't make friends in that time. It's something about that time being gone, and realizing that there wasn't anything personal about it. It wasn't a greater good. It was paying attention to a charasmatic guy and his business model for it.
I also know that every dollar I spent paying for the year (plus a few months) running PostORG was something I chose. I never ran ads. I never had a business model. I refused attempts to offset my costs.
It was something I cared about.
I'm bemused that it was inspired by a guy that was looking into making a living.
It's a disconnect I should've seen more clearly.
I knew better, it just suited me to be a true-believer for a time.