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It's a shot in the dark given how quiet it's been (and forums don't exactly scream 2020) but let's try and bring something back. 

Those of you with an extremely long memory will remember me as that moderator guy from 7 or 8 years ago...

And... For those of you who are from the other side of the tracks - yes, I am Ben from Asperclick.

For everyone who is new, well, let's go from here...

Hi. 

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:bat:  Ahh... forums, emoticons/"smilies", how very early-noughties!

I'm not sure about this place in particular, but communication in the digital realm seems to be shifting towards more intimate one-to-one platforms, whereas "social media" is now 15 years old and quite often becomes a cess-pool of hostility and trolling.  The other exception to this that I've encountered is the Ravelry forums for knitters and crocheters, not the most venomous bunch to begin with to be sure, but there you go!  The internet is changing and things like websites and using a PC (or even a laptop!) may once again become the domain of the geeks, techies and nerds (thank goodness!) as everyone else is on Instagram and the Youtube comments section.

Goodness me that was a digression!  What was the question again...? :rolleyes: :lol:

Also Ben, is the Asperclick site still running as I haven't got my confirmation email yet?

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On 13/03/2020 at 3:48 PM, cultofbyron said:

:bat:  Ahh... forums, emoticons/"smilies", how very early-noughties!

I'm not sure about this place in particular, but communication in the digital realm seems to be shifting towards more intimate one-to-one platforms, whereas "social media" is now 15 years old and quite often becomes a cess-pool of hostility and trolling.  The other exception to this that I've encountered is the Ravelry forums for knitters and crocheters, not the most venomous bunch to begin with to be sure, but there you go!  The internet is changing and things like websites and using a PC (or even a laptop!) may once again become the domain of the geeks, techies and nerds (thank goodness!) as everyone else is on Instagram and the Youtube comments section.

Goodness me that was a digression!  What was the question again...? :rolleyes: :lol:

Also Ben, is the Asperclick site still running as I haven't got my confirmation email yet?

Nah, that was a rather on-topic analysis of exactly what's going on out there - during the heyday here, there'd be a new post every few minutes. Now it's every now and then: in fact I'm willing to be that in a single night during 2012 five of us collectively racked up seven years worth of posts. I actually thought this place was about to blow up into its own social media app at one point. 

Willow scrapped Asperclick right at the end of 2019. Not only had it quietened right down, but I think we all said everything that could possibly BE said  - there was no where for it to go anymore, not without repeating ourselves anyway. She's putting a collage of posts together I think, but for now, she seems over all of the Aspergers stuff. 

 

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Well thank you, I never thought I'd be getting all nostalgic over social media...! Refreshing the page to see if there is a reply - a week later...?

I actually thought the early days of Myspace, Facebook, forums,  were very positive for people who found socialising in the "real world" problematic at best.  That's why I signed up for the Myspace 1.0 replicating site FriendProject.net, out of sheer nostaligia, by the by.

My own experiences are tied up with the SA-UK site, a very prominent one for me in the noughties as I found my way in the neurodiverse universe.

Re:Asperclick - Ahh, so I just missed the party.  That would explain why I didn't receive that confirmation email.

 

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