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  • I never realise I have any influence on others - something of a blindspot - but your sentiments reach me. Thank you. I'm glad for your thoughts, and contributions. Thank you.

    I haven't been around for a long time, and I don't know if this burst of energy will last, but maybe there's some good life still in this crazy place?
    Maybe, but at some point you have to trust that people will do what will satisfy them most. If they retreat to their private domain folders, then that means the other forums have become inhospitable. Giving them the opportunity to retreat without leaving the forum could provide more of a warning then currently exists.
    I've been one of the admin for ages, not that I actually do anything.

    I would only do something if I noticed a cult leader or something using the forum for recruitment, and even then I'd rather debate them into the ground.
    I haven't seen it before, which is a problem because I don't know how much I can code of it myself if I can't implement it with groups. I think the simplest would be to give everyone two. That way they can be a part of a struggling domain as well as a more vibrant one. Maybe link the number of domains to post count and/or karma, but that sounds like too much work for little theoretical gain. Or maybe it can be invite only so members have to have a presence on that subforum before they will be accepted.
    That was me! I'd had a rough night, but I'm feeling better now. :rolleyes:

    I haven't had much time to work on my second draft lately. This has not been a good year and it seems like I just can't find a moments peace to work on it. You'll hate it if you read it, though, I'm sure. :)
    No, though I do think some subforum privacy would actually be good... the domain would be your "primary" topic of interest, not your only. It would be like highlighter. That topic shows up as your top forum on the home page and you would have access to a small subforum set aside for people specifically interested in that subject. Give them the opportunity to discuss potential developments or improvements to the subforum in question, like creating an FAQ or a contest.
    Fair enough :) I've just been toying with various ideas on how to take a large community and make it feel more intimate. What do you think of the idea of having a "domain"? A place on the forum that you've chosen as a home and listed on the profile as your primary topic of interest. I think it would be a non-elitist way to create a smaller group out of the larger group.
    It's a sci-fi novel about an ancient alien civilization that has been duped into believing a human who crashed there was actually a god. It took me over year to write, off and on. It still needs a lot of work. I wouldn't mind letting you read it once I make the major revisions it needs in the second draft.
    I wrote the first draft of a novel. I'm working on the second draft, but at this rate it will take the rest of my life.
    I don't know. I've always had a very poor self image, but occasionally I go through a spell where I think maybe I'm not as bad as I imagine. It usually passes, though. I probably won't leave it up for long.
    Oh, right... :P Its called "New Posts" on this software. How often do you use the New Posts function? And I agree... the forum is like a party... many of us are more inclined to sit in the corner when it gets too crowded than play around in the spotlight.
    I can't help but wonder what allowed the earlier exceptional environment. Maybe it was just a "stars aligning" kind of thing, but I can't help but wonder. How much would you say you use the recent activity option?
    Hiding in a hole :) Work, projects, etc... been keeping busy. I miss this place, but it does seem different from the old times. What's your opinion on the difference?
    I could hardly be more flattered, chimera. And I'm not just being polite when I say I always thought you were one of the most impressive young'ns I ever read. It's interactions like these (oh the PMs I shared with LoR back in the day when I was a mod for a short time) that draw me back from time to time as well.

    The internet is still young; will we be visiting this place for nostalgia in 20 years? There is no precedent for such a thing. How bizarre a thought.

    PS--Didn't you used to modify the font or size (small) for all your posts or something?

    It's good to hear from you too.
    I wonder why I come also. I think I visit mostly to reread some posts I've made and compare my perspectives now.

    (a lot can change in two years..)
    Oh Darling, didn't you know? Masochists have a tasty tradition of being quite partial to dismemberment. In fact, I daresay they entice beasts to chop them up.
    Only... you won't catch a Chimera actually trying it on a masochist, I hear they're awful sinewy, and a bit tough on the old gums.
    Nevermind the fact that nobody wants to eat something so irreversibly weird!

    Come and I'll read you a story.^_^
    Charmingly what?
    What's new erotic?


    I hope this isn't some sort of advance, that'd be scary. ;,;
    I've always admired the way that you format your posts. I even considered copying you by making my own format for all of my posts, but by then I had already made posts in the default format, and the incongruity would have annoyed me too much.
    "If that makes sense. I'm trying to express in words a thing that has no name. ><
    Anyway. I'm glad you've stuck around. Cheers!"

    You're welcome!
    Do you have any idea how tough it is to be 18 years old in a 61-year-old body with one 95-year-old knee? :-) Anyway, I prefer to think INTPs have an innate capacity to remain childlike in their sense of wonder without necessarily being childish about everything. Does THAT make any sense or is it another one of those concepts that beggars precise description?
    Perhaps you truly are right. If, of course, it is even possible for one to know himself.

    But perhaps you are right. Perhaps one is true without knowing himself, or perhaps knowing oneself is the only way to be true. I have not an answer, or a comment regarding it, save that the self changes constantly. By knowing oneself in any given moment, then, would it not be possible to direct the way in which the self changes, even in a way in which the future self will be entirely contradictory over the current self? But perhaps that is too much power for the individual, perhaps we should simply let the subconscious do all the work for us and, whether we truly are or not, at least look like we are being genuine.
    One cannot be pure or true without first knowing himself. I can give whatever I want to other people, but can I hide a part of me from myself? An integral part of a whole, working in the background in everything but never showing its face? Or are we not ruled by our subconscious and our base desires, descendants of the basest human interactions? By knowing who we are, we can create ourselves in whatever way we see fit, but not until we know ourselves well enough to know that we are all genuinely perfect. There is no such thing as 'flaw' or 'strength' in the Self... just raw perfection of Self.

    I don't even know if that makes any sense or is logical in any way.
    Beautiful post in randomization. I related to it very well. I wish I could say more pertaining to it. It feels superficial to say such a generic thing as "I related to it very well." You posted it, though. You should understand my meaning...

    Is it really true that we hide behind a mask of rationality? Oh, I suppose I have done so, before, but I am not sure of separations anyway.
    "Sometimes there just aren't words for some emotions. You can't wrap up "sad" into three letters and expect other people to understand. But music...I guess it takes whatever emotion I'm feeling and plays it back to me. It's like a friend who empathizes completely and sincerely, someone who has been with me every step of my life, who knows me and can tell me everything about myself." Oh I can't tell you how much I loved that post. I just read it and could relate very well to it.

    You're now in my favorites list.

    You're one to talk about lazy text entry!

    You with your six colours per, ever-changing font, size-small, mid-centered text!
    Oh... Well, I assumed that being a blue chocobo he'd be male... *Cough* I take it I can't give you this assortment of balloons, toys, banners,cards and clothes designed for newborn males then?:?

    Resist me if you will dear Chimera, I have set out my goals and anticipated the reactions... Now all that remains to to procrastinate by considering and evaluating each and every option in turn!
    Are you sure? He has the same tattoo as Nyx's, and he smells the same. *Sniffs* hrmmmm. *Eyes narrow*

    I suppose I have no real proof... Yet!

    They don't make babies where you are?:o magosh, thats must be grand!
    Chimera? Why did you steal Nyx's chocobo?

    Also, I made a chocobo fly.

    Also, I love you.

    Also, define love.
    Chime-chan, I really, really like this color scheme you've been using on your posts lately

    You were supposed to eat it...but hokay!

    I'll give him blade wings and a super sharp beak!
    *pats the kitty*

    Would you like a tray of milk kitty?

    Or perhaps a little live ducky?

    Did I ever tell you that you are the cutest member ever?


    I'm sorry, I just fell for your silly little mid-shifted, mini-sized, colour-specific posts.

    I'll be leaving now.
    1: (Male term or language) (Vulgar expression or word) to eat;
    2: to live; to make a living; to survive;
    3: to bite; to sting (as insects do);
    4: to tease; to torment; to taunt; to make light of; to make fun of;
    5: to encroach on; to eat into; to consume;
    6: to defeat a superior; to threaten a position;
    7: to consume time and-or resources;
    8: (Colloquialism) to receive something (usu. an unfavourable event);
    9: (Male term or language) (Vulgar expression or word) to have sexual relations with a woman, esp. for the first time
    10: empty air; sky;
    11: (Buddhist term) shunya (emptiness, the lack of an immutable intrinsic nature within any phemomenon);
    12: fruitlessness; meaninglessness

    And I somehow felt that ALL of them had a connection to the many behaviours, thoughts, feelings that make me.. me. So yeah. I also wanted to mess with people. :P

    What do you think about it now?
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