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Clearly, I've been gone too long...

I've ventured back hoping to see some old friends. Except for a handful of familiar names, most of you are unfamiliar to me. As far as I'm concerned, that essentially makes me a newbie. Be gentle.

This evening I chanced upon the In Memoriam thread, and unfortunately I saw a lot of old familiar names there. Some I knew and expected, and others that I didn't realize were gone.

Anyway, just wanted to say, "hi" and let anyone that remembers me know that I'm back. If you don't know me, let me just clear this up up-front. The screen name is meant self-deprecatingly. I'm really not that full of myself.

Usually.
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Hi. Nice to meet you.
Likewise!
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I like your avatar. Any stories for that?
I see you're in the thread games a few times, I'll see you around there, for sure.
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Old 01-10-2019, 05:11 AM
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I remember seeing your screen name, although I don't have a really vivid sense of what your posts were like.
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I like your avatar. Any stories for that?
He's the title character from the Edward Gorey story The Doubtful Guest. I'm a bit of a Gorey fan.
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I remember seeing your screen name, although I don't have a really vivid sense of what your posts were like.
It has been a while. And I was never as gregarious as some of our other contemporaries.
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Hi, Sky!
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Old 01-10-2019, 07:21 AM
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Old 01-10-2019, 07:41 AM
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Welcome back. Since you've been away the messageboard has evolved into a forum for sophisticated and erudite discussion, filled with whimsical rhetorical badinage and intellectual debate.

Just kidding - it's still the same arena for puerile blathering and rampant abuse of strangers as the rest of the internet, only with better spelling and fewer kitten pictures.
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:38 AM
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He's the title character from the Edward Gorey story The Doubtful Guest. I'm a bit of a Gorey fan.
So we're stuck with you until at least 2036 then?
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Old 01-10-2019, 11:12 AM
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He's the title character from the Edward Gorey story The Doubtful Guest. I'm a bit of a Gorey fan.
I recognized it immediately. I'm another fan. My favorite is The Gashlycrumb Tinies.
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Just kidding - it's still the same arena for puerile blathering and rampant abuse of strangers as the rest of the internet, only with better spelling and fewer kitten pictures.
Only because we can't post images!
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Old 01-10-2019, 11:25 AM
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Ah, what a warm welcome. I have to admit, though, that I forgot the pie. Maybe next time I go away and come back.
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March of 99. I'm just a kid being from May of 99 and all...
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Old 01-10-2019, 11:39 AM
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Actually, it's all the same folks from before you left, we just each changed our screen name as a practical joke on you!

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Welcome back. As you can see, we've added avatars. I understand the smilies now suck. Ed is gone. Use the old Board format, not the new one. Anyone else got any details to fill in?
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Did he leave before or after naked Tuesdays became mandatory?
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Does he have to go through the goat ceremony again?

Seriously, welcome back. You were on here even before I was!
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It's great to see some familiar names again. And I look forward to getting to know the rest of you guys.
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Well, the names have all changed since I been around...
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Did he leave before or after naked Tuesdays became mandatory?
Naked Tuesdays are strictly optional, in Canada in winter.
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Well we had our first black president. And then Donald Trump, yes that Donald Trump, became president after that.
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Welcome (back) to the Dope.
We need all the help we can get to fight the ignorance. It is taking LOTS longer than anyone imagined!
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Waitaminute. I missed that before. Ed is gone?!?!?

Clearly, I now need to do some archive diving....
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Well we had our first black president. And then Donald Trump, yes that Donald Trump, became president after that.
But then things changed again. US currency no longer has fine print in Chinese; our former overlords the Drones have receded in favour of robot dogs, regular cats, and self-driving cars; Canada has formed a free-trade alliance with 13 other Pacific Rim nations, the Moon, Vesta, and Asgard; and the War still hasn't started.
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Waitaminute. I missed that before. Ed is gone?!?!?

Clearly, I now need to do some archive diving....
Yes, and there is a bit of a story there. As you may recall, the board, and Cecil himself, were originally owned by an alternative newspaper, Chicago Reader.

The Reader (including the board) was sold several times (2007, 2009, 2012) and went through a few changes. One of them was a very, very bad idea called "pay to post," which some oldtimers say it never recovered from. Another was to try localized forums. The only one that got off the ground was a Chicago-specific forum, which putted along for awhile, but never really drew a crowd.

Meanwhile, the Reader was bought by the Chicago Sun-Times. "Huzzah!" we exclaimed. At last a stable, established ownership. Maybe they will capitalize on the Straight Dope brand, market the board more aggressively, synergize with the newspaper, etc. It didn't really work out that way.

Finally, last year, the Reader was sold to the publishing group that owns the Chicago Crusader. But for some reason that was never explained to us, the sale didn't include The Straight Dope brand, including the column and message board.

This led to some immediate changes. Cecil Adams, who no longer had a home for his column, retired. This is why the Straight Dope home page features old columns, but no longer has new material. At the same time, Ed chose to "pursue other opportunities." This led to an agonizing several days when no one seemed to know what the future would bring. Fortunately, The Powers That Be appointed long-time member and behind-the-scenes-master TubaDiva as the new administrator.

So, to sum up, Cecil's gone, Ed is gone, the Chicago Reader is gone, TubaDiva is the new sheriff and the Board abides.

Oh, and if you use a phone, there's a mobile-friendly version of the Board. But since I don't, I can't tell you much about it.
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But then things changed again. US currency no longer has fine print in Chinese; our former overlords the Drones have receded in favour of robot dogs, regular cats, and self-driving cars; Canada has formed a free-trade alliance with 13 other Pacific Rim nations, the Moon, Vesta, and Asgard; and the War still hasn't started.
...and then the dinosaurs came, but they got too big and fat, so they all died and they turned into oil. And then the Arabs came and they bought Mercedes Benzes. And Prince Charles started wearing all of Lady Di's clothes. I couldn't believe it - he took her best summer dress and he put it on and went to town...
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Said the SDMB to me, "Sir, that fact creates in me no sense of obligation."

Welcome back, MrKnowItAll and my best to MrsKnowItAll, if any.

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Said the SDMB to me, "Sir, that fact creates in me no sense of obligation."

Welcome back, MrKnowItAll and my best to MrsKnowItAll, if any.

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Thanks. And I'll be sure to pass that along to the misses, as soon as one comes into existence.
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Welcome back, MrKnowItAll! I have had some go-away-and-come-backs myself.
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