I know that technically this probably belongs in “About This Messageboard”, but really, hardly anyone goes in there so I’d appreciate it if it could be left here, or at least not moved to ATMB…
OK, anyway, I’ve noticed a few things in the 2 and a bit months I’ve been posting here- none of which are really negative- but they are interesting in their own right.
The most obvious is probably the number of holdovers here from Ye Olde Days, ie back when this place was on AOL or something and nobody outside Chicago really knew who Cecil was. The most obvious are some of the rather… sod it, I will say it, nonsencial memes- “When come back, bring pie” and adding “Hi Opal!” to short lists spring readily to mind, as does the whole “Once, in 1960, for 20 minutes” thing.
Now, I’m a huge Bill Bryson fan, and whilst the fact that humankind’s first and only visit to the deepest point of the ocean was not only at a time when there was still a “Belgian Congo”, but lasted for about the same length of time as an episode of Futurama (sans advertisements) was indeed made mention of in A Short History of Nearly Everything, I’ve never quite understood how it evolved into a strange and slightly nonsensical meme on an internet discussion board.
Similarly, whilst having some (grammatically defective) reference to returning from one’s destination with various baked pastry goods may have been amusing a long time ago, surely it’s time to accept that a lot of these “in-jokes” are not only ancient, but largely incomprehensible to anyone who wasn’t posting here back when Coal Power was still pretty nifty?
The other thing that amazes me is that there’s apparently an off-site board somewhere devoted to either pointing and laughing or bitching (depending who you talk to) about the goings on here at the SDMB (apparently I’m not talking this whole “internet” thing seriously enough, it seems…), and I’m constantly amazed by these “Admin/Mods vs Posters” threads that I see- especially since 95% of the fights seem to be over incredibly trivial stuff in the first place.
Anyway, the debate (eventually!) is that while keeping hold of traditions is a good thing, is the SDMB too reliant upon things from many years ago as part of it’s identity, and if so, is that a good thing?
Answers on the back of a postcard…