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    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009
    Just a thought - can we get Riotclitshave on here somehow? If that could happen, I think I'd ditch livejournal for good.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009

    theweaselking too
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    Just a thought - can we get Riotclitshave on here somehow? If that could happen, I think I'd ditch livejournal for good.

    I'd have to ask her, and I think it'd probably fuck her hosting anyway... I just put her in my RSS reader...
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    Yeah this is the only forum I come to these days since it seems to be the only one I've visited where people still have a modicum of intelligence and civility after the first 6 months. Plus it's been useful for me in terms of developing my own work.

    The weekly comic is pretty good too.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009
    @Audley Strange

    Yeah this is the only forum I come to these days since it seems to be the only one I've visited where people still have a modicum of intelligence and civility after the first 6 months.

    It helps that Warren and Ariana liberally eel those people who don't behave. I think the judicious thread pruning is also probably a positive factor.
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009
    Hello, first-time message board user ... at least, Whitechapel was where I learned to behave on a message board. I'll be the first to admit I'm an arsehole sometimes but I at least like to think nobody actually HATES me and wishes I'd leave. (I may be wrong on that score. What with my monkey-like, rudimentary computer skills and tendency to get it wrong. In my defense, I've tried to calm people down or warn them about Impending Arse-Eels! Often, to no avail.)

    So ... Warren actually DOESN'T hate us? Or at least, Everyone But Me?*

    *I have never been arse-eeled and have no desire to begin.
  3.  (7081.7)
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009
    Until someone develops an eel fetish.
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009
    Over the years I have been/am currently a member of a number of active online communities. Starting with usenet groups moving on to mailing lists and into discussion boards. These groups have been based around common interests- music, politics, literature, art, and on.
    It has been my experience that the most successful and active communities where those which encouraged on and off board collaboration, interaction, and experiences. Whitechapel is tops in this.
    I've never met another WC'er in the meatworld but in my short time here I have seen pictures of dozens (hundreds?), received a great mix CD from halfway around the world, discussed food and cooking, comics, photography, books, and random internet crazyness. My experience with Whitechapel extends beyond this site as I've now added two or three dozen WC'ers to those I follow on tumblr and twitter. I'm pretty sure a good portion of my holiday shopping will be coming from people who've posted in the etsy thread. One thing that has me checking back throughout the day is the level of respect that is shown here. People from all walks of life post here and it never degrades to pissing contests (thanks to Warren and Ariana for keeping the douchenozzle population low)
    This place encourages discussion, collaboration and creativity. I'm glad it's here and now I'll stop with the rambling.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009

    Slogan for next week's merch? I dig it


    Damn it. That's twice I've let my guard down and my brain bleach is at home.
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    @ warrenellis.

    I think Renthings right."Civility through Eelterror" would be a phenomenal slogan.
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009
    @ Warren-

    May I Third The Vote? In this clearly unsolicited testimonial.
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009
    Whitechapel is the perfect example of a working benevolent dictatorship.

    I've written this before, likely on a SNOM whilst singing Warren's praises, but I am grateful for this comm, for the work that Warren has put into the world and thus for the opportunity to (virtually) personally give him my thanks and I'm happy to do it again. People doing stuff via Whitechapel, or simply using it as a medium to let us all know what they're up to offer me a lot of inspiration and when I've had projects going it was a thrill to report it here, like an actual, for reals, artist.

    Even on days like today, when I feel like I've been steamrolled by life and I have no energy for anything, let alone being creative, pulling open WC offers a tiny bit of light. I don't have my closest friends here and that may be good because I can get tired of them and they of me, and I don't have such strangers that we have nothing in common here (obviously!). We're acquainted well enough that whenever I've been to a meetup (NYC FTW!) I didn't feel like a fake trying to pretend like I belonged and, moreover, like I didn't need to chew through our mutual baggage before getting to know each other.

    Thanks again, Warren.
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    Me like it in here cuz I can jump from tall buildings to other tall buildings an' kick zum ass like in them chinese moo-bees!!
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    Nah, seriously, though I almost spend all my time in read-only mode, I'd have to quote icelandbob; Though I'm still a youngster somehow, I can still remember those good ol' days back in The Engine: one of it's most important characteristics is that, and Whitechapel like it's predecessor, it is something fun and interesting to read and do on the internet. I mean, considering that: people have a bunch of things to do in real life, depending on each one's interest, but mostly always looking for a place to feel some KIND OF contention, you know, somewher to talk, relate, etc. Well, my point is, you have this VAST thing the internet is and, well, one could spend the whole damn day (or whole damn week, or month, or so) looking for stuff to read, to do, yadda, yadda, well, good to have ONE spot where one can feel contained, related, blah, blah, Whitechapel's great, and usefull (somehow..) and, well, I don't know what other words or line of thinking could use to express my ever volatile ideas...
    • CommentAuthorBoga_
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009
    Since I couldn't find the topic (if there even is one), I'll take the opportunity to say that DO ANYTHING 022 is the nicest thing I've read all month.
    • CommentAuthorredex
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009 edited
    Belatedly, but yes, I have a small close community of friends, mostly built up through previous interaction on a tiny writing/fandom forum and more currently aggregated through text-based roleplaying. I "grew up" on LJ so I have a certain fondness for it, in all it's retardedness [my yearly quota of non-PCness]. I don't consider it a blogging tool, I consider it a way to share stream-of-consciousness daily updates to a small circle of friends in semi-private. Kind of like a mailing list I guess, except with threaded commenting. And yes, it is an excellent (horrible) way to look back at how you have changed over the years. Over the summer I celebrated my fifth year on the same livejournal account. Good to know I'm not actually one of the last of a dying breed on LJ! Make faces all you want, the institution itself has nothing to do with what we have made from it and found in it. I also use twitter, mostly to keep in touch with the same group of friends in semi-private, and it's also plugged into my Facebook status, which is also relatively locked down to mostly friends & family. And then I definitely hopped on the Dreamwidth bandwagon when it opened and I think I have some invites left as well if anyone wants to take a poke around. Send me an email. They've made tremendous strides since opening improving the LJ Opensource code and even if I don't actually use it except as a more stable archive for my LJ I consider them a better product by far. It's just a matter of the fact that all my friends are still on LJ and though communication between the two is possible, it's not ideal.

    And then on top of these I mod my university program's student society webpage, which has been around since the early 90s and hasn't changed much since then. There's a 'chatbook' that is like pre-facebook with names/pictures/contact info of everyone in the program, a 'forum' which is just a twitter-esque name+textfield arranged by date posting area, and then an anonymous forum called 'chat' which is like 4chan complete with injokes but with more manners. There isn't actually much modding involved, other than fixing giant pictures that break the layout and so on.

    So Whitechapel is pretty far down the list when it comes to social things I need to check every day, though I'm trying to make more of an effort because the people here are lovely and I always find my eyes opened (whether in a good way or a 'hand me the brainbleach' way) to something new.

    I'll admit, it took me months to get up the courage to create an account and once I did I didn't comment at all for a long time, you guys are definitely the cool kids of the internet.

    [Sorry for the tl;dr, jeezus I am longwinded. THAT is why I'm on LJ, tbh.]

    edited to say: I love how the "Post Comment" button turns into "Wait" while the page is loading. Some people just never learn that pressing things twice doesn't make them go faster...
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    Clicking twice works in the same way that lines painted on cars make them gofaster!
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009
    razangel notes: Even on days like today, when I feel like I've been steamrolled by life and I have no energy for anything, let alone being creative, pulling open WC offers a tiny bit of light.

    Hey, nicely put. Ditto.
    • CommentAuthorLani
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009 edited
    Whitechapel gives me my art-fix. Being in school means I'm usually in left-brain mode 24/7, so it's really nice to feed the right brain with all the ambient creativity floating around here to balance things out. I do wish I knew Whitechapelish people in Tampa though; I haven't met very many intelligent/artsy* types here yet.

    *As in, both intelligent and artsy...actually, I haven't really met any artsy people yet...