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Old 01-19-2018, 04:09 PM
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I have to say that I do like the idea of a tontine for us 99ers.
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Old 01-19-2018, 04:17 PM
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Going down the 'In Memoriam' list in MPSIMS, these are the 99ers that have been identified has deceased.

Dirty Devil
Persephone
Padeye
*FixedBack
Toymaker
Aseymayo
Ayesha
ChiefScott
Gail
OpalCat
PolyCarp
Lynn Bodoni
VogueVixen
aenea

*FixedBack was an AOLer, and posted on Opal's board, but he doesn't appear to have registered here.
FixedBack was on UnaBoard as well; he made several thousand posts.
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Registered the same exact day as me, as a matter of fact. And a day after Qadgop.
99ers? Pfft! All the really cool kids registered in April 2000.
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Old 01-19-2018, 05:52 PM
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Old 01-19-2018, 10:18 PM
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Damn straight (dope)!
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Old 01-20-2018, 11:51 AM
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Wow, Clark K., I thought I was lurky. I think I'll hit 5000 posts in 2019 or 2020 at this rate?
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Old 01-20-2018, 12:36 PM
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99ers? Pfft! All the really cool kids registered in April 2000.
A month too late, actually.
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Old 01-20-2018, 12:52 PM
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Old 01-20-2018, 12:53 PM
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Wow, Clark K., I thought I was lurky. I think I'll hit 5000 posts in 2019 or 2020 at this rate?
I guess I'm just not the talkative type.
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Yeah, but how many times has Superman posted? And have you ever seen Clark K and Superman post in the same thread? 'Cause we have a strict "no socking" rule around here.
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Old 01-20-2018, 03:28 PM
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Waaaaay back in the day, I guinea-pigged for Tuba and let her (successfully) (attempt to) reset my postcount to zero. Turned out to be a thing admins could do. I feel proud of having done my part, but it was strictly voluntary.
Heh. I did not know that was possible. Back in the day, when management started coming down hard on “post-count party” threads, the threat of that could have been an effective motivational tool.
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So, for those of you who don't visit much anymore. . .you responded in a very timely manner to this thread. . .how did you know about it so fast? I'm on this board most days, and by the time i saw the thread several oldtimers had already replied! And in the giraffe boards thread Giraffe materialized out of nowhere to respond even tho his last prior activity was 2 months earlier. It's kinda spooky!

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So, for those of you who don't visit much anymore. . .you responded in a very timely manner to this thread. . .how did you know about it so fast?
You're just too new to have become part of the hive mind.
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Heh. I did not know that was possible. Back in the day, when management started coming down hard on “post-count party” threads, the threat of that could have been an effective motivational tool.
I don't even remember why we did that -- I guess to see if we could. Don't remember the outcome neither. You forget a lot after 20 years.
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I first discovered the Dope via AOL in 1998. I was drawn in by the "map of Cecil's brain." I don't remember any more if I ever posted in AOL Dope or just lurked, but I guess I must have made a few posts sometime or other. I followed the AOL board to this server in March 1999, but with all the in-jokes and references I decided I'd better familiarize myself with the board culture better, as though studying for an entrance exam. I spent 6 months or so diligently reading the archives of every SD column ever published, meanwhile lurking here. I finally registered in August, I think, but quickly forgot my user ID and never used it. I discovered I had misspelled the word in Lithuanian, but could never recall just how I'd misspelled it. I finally registered for real in October '99, after looking up the correct form of the word. Then I deliberately misspelled it, only because in those primitive pre-Unicode days I didn't think use of the character š would work, so I substituted "sh." Could not have foreseen then how much this would remain a part of my life all the years since. None of the other things I was doing online 20 years ago have lasted. Only the Dope still stands, proud and unbowed. So one of those disappeared '99 registrations was mine. Whatever account data it may have held has certainly been long since deleted. All this time, like kunilou, I've never gotten a single warning and the banhammer holds no fear for me.
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So, for those of you who don't visit much anymore. . .you responded in a very timely manner to this thread. . .how did you know about it so fast? I'm on this board most days, and by the time i saw the thread several oldtimers had already replied!
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18 years of lurking practice ....
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18 years of lurking practice ....
Lurking is always fine; its loitering that usually gets you a fine.
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Old 01-21-2018, 07:02 AM
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Wait, what word in Lithuanian? I don't see an "sh" anywhere in "Johanna".
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Old 01-21-2018, 01:21 PM
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Yeah, those few 99ers who are still around are pretty strongly selected against those who'd be inclined to ever wander off, but even they will still eventually stop posting, even without being banned. Eventually, they're going to die, if nothing else, and eventually, this board itself is going to shut down (perhaps when Ed dies). If it weren't for the impossibility of deciding the question, I'd wager that, by that time, the majority of the currently-active 99ers would still not be banned.
This post makes me think:

Back in 1999 ... did anyone think this board would pretty much be around in essentially the same form for 18 years and counting? Seemed back then a lot of online hangouts would change or become obsolete (e.g. Usenet, most everything hosted on AOL) after a few years, and the denizens therein would just kind of shuffle off to the next thing.

I can say this: the places I visit regularly online now have been pretty much stable since 2000. It's been an interesting experience to watch places change in some ways, and still manage to keep up an ongoing presence.
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Wow, Clark K., I thought I was lurky. I think I'll hit 5000 posts in 2019 or 2020 at this rate?
And here I sit, right in the middle...
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I don't even remember why we did that -- I guess to see if we could. Don't remember the outcome neither. You forget a lot after 20 years.
My dim recollection is that as the number of active posters grew, the number of posters hitting round-number post totals grew with it, and TPTB figured they'd better kill post parties before they totally strangulated MPSIMS.

Since I was never privy to the thoughts of TPTB, this is all second or thirdhand, so take that with a shaker or two of salt.

-another 99er still not pining for the fjords
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So, for those of you who don't visit much anymore. . .you responded in a very timely manner to this thread. . .how did you know about it so fast?
I sensed a great disturbance in the Force. …
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My dim recollection is that as the number of active posters grew, the number of posters hitting round-number post totals grew with it, and TPTB figured they'd better kill post parties before they totally strangulated MPSIMS.
Yeah, it wasn't so much a huge number as it was the top 10 posts at any given time in MPSISMS might include two or three 1,000/5,000/10,000 "post parties," and that soon started spawning "231st post" threads and the like.

I don't believe they were ever officially banned, and I guess no one would stop me if I decide to celebrate my next post. But it definitely became declasse.
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Awwww! I'm coming up on my 1k and a little fanfare would be all right!

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Yeah, it wasn't so much a huge number as it was the top 10 posts at any given time in MPSISMS might include two or three 1,000/5,000/10,000 "post parties," and that soon started spawning "231st post" threads and the like.

I don't believe they were ever officially banned, and I guess no one would stop me if I decide to celebrate my next post. But it definitely became declasse.
We had much less server space and bandwidth back then as well which was part of the problem.
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...and that soon started spawning "231st post" threads and the like.
I think I'm the one who started that, with a thread for my 237th post.

I really dug up some memories, in the process of finding that thread.
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This guy (probably a spammer) is the last 99er. This can vary slightly depending on one's time zone but regardless there are fewer than 3900 accounts. Someone more industrious than I can go through all of them and compile the information.
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Hi! Interested in this tontine discussion....
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I think I'm the one who started that, with a thread for my 237th post.
And that guy ended up as a jackbooted thug.
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This guy (probably a spammer) is the last 99er.
Anything like the last Jedi?
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I don't call myself a lurker, but I do run silent most of the time. Just can't convince myself that my comment would really enhance anyone's SDMB experience on a particular subject most days.

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1. It's very difficult to get banned for ''one mis-step.'' There is generally a steady progression from notes (which are not tracked), to warnings (which are tracked), to suspensions, to bannings. The more established a poster is here, the more leniency they tend to get. Banning of established posters in the vast majority of cases is considered a last resort. There will always be exceptions to everything so I'm speaking very broadly, but there's no need for people to be quaking in their boots about the inevitability of the banhammer..
But after a couple of warnings you get a rep as a troublemaker, which leads to less slack in notes vs warnings, which leads to more warnings, which leads to bannings. And warnings are forver.

Also, pretty much every human has had a shitty day, week or even month where they go off the deep end. This has lead to bannings. Just look at how many 99ers have been banned.
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Hi! Interested in this tontine discussion....
Don't bother yourself.

You see, I was the very first to have an account here.
(I was also the very first to have a corrupted account file here, hence I'm further down in the member numbers.)

And because there is symmetry and order in the universe, it only stands to reason that I will be the last.

Thank you.

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Also, pretty much every human has had a shitty day, week or even month where they go off the deep end.
No they haven't.
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Yeah, but how many times has Superman posted? And have you ever seen Clark K and Superman post in the same thread? 'Cause we have a strict "no socking" rule around here.
No, I'm not Superman. Just ask my pal Jimmy. He'll vouch for me. I think I hear his signal watch -- I mean his cell phone -- now.
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Roy Moore's horse is with us?

Need a new emoticon for that, I think.
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I'm alive but I left the SDMB a long time ago and haven't posted in years. Just random chance that the "in memoriam" thing came up in a different context with another friend who used to be on the boards and I came back out of curiosity, and saw this thread.

So hello, and I hope you're all well, and now, after having reported in, I shall again depart.
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But after a couple of warnings you get a rep as a troublemaker, which leads to less slack in notes vs warnings, which leads to more warnings, which leads to bannings. And warnings are forver.
Warnings might be forever, but their ability to give you a rep as a troublemaker isn't. If we see three warnings against someone in the past two months, then yes, they're a troublemaker. If we see one each from five, ten, and fifteen years ago, then they're someone who mostly keeps things under control but occasionally loses their grip.
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Wait, what word in Lithuanian? I don't see an "sh" anywhere in "Johanna".
I know you probably know what she's talking about, but just in case anyone else is curious.

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Actually, I was sincere. I hadn't realized that Johanna had once gone by a different name. Now that I see it, the name "Ishmintigas" vaguely rings a bell, but I couldn't have told you anything about the poster by that name.
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I'm alive but I left the SDMB a long time ago and haven't posted in years. Just random chance that the "in memoriam" thing came up in a different context with another friend who used to be on the boards and I came back out of curiosity, and saw this thread.

So hello, and I hope you're all well, and now, after having reported in, I shall again depart.
Damn good to see you, if only in passing.

Same goes for all the rest of you lurker/retired types.
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I'm alive but I left the SDMB a long time ago and haven't posted in years. Just random chance that the "in memoriam" thing came up in a different context with another friend who used to be on the boards and I came back out of curiosity, and saw this thread.

So hello, and I hope you're all well, and now, after having reported in, I shall again depart.
Come back, Shane, I mean Cervaise, come back!

(You know you want to.)
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As long as we're waving the '99er flag...

Do we get a special treat for our 20th anniversary next year?

Aside: One's "posts per day" counter becomes very stable when you have nearly two decades of buffer to absorb lapses in participation. I've been holding steady at 0.3 ppd for as long as I can remember, but I'm sure I haven't come close to that posting rate the last couple of years.
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