I got to musing on this subject recently, when I was reminded about a bygone troll predicting imminent doom for the SDMB. Like most such, he was wrong. Overall, in Internet years, the SDMB has had a pretty good run. But will it still be here when I’m 64? I don’t doubt that the technology will change, the people will change, but will the community and the culture trundle on in a recognizable form? Will people still be saying “Hi, Opal!” when I’m cold and in the ground?
Maybe the fundamental question is how dependent the SDMB is on the Chicago Reader – is it a complete, or a provisional dependence?
My take on the whole thing? I don’t know! I’m just hoping the whole show stays afloat until my year’s membership is up.
It will last until lack of interest or the Chicago Reader shuts it down. A that point, we will all go somewhere else to argue, flirt, pick nits, and post pictures of our cats. I think the second scenario is more likely than the first; people come and go all the time here, but the Reader could end all of this on a whim at any time.