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21st-Oct-2010 02:53 pm
little blue dog
Thought I'd blow the dust off this com and make an informative post about its status, pretty much for those that might stumble in looking for a good Portland com.

One exists. Specifically, damnportlanders (or "DP"), which has been around since before time. This com was created a few years ago as a result of a moderator policy in DP that many disagreed with ... so, four of us got together and founded this community as an alternative. My friend Mike was one. I was another.

Since then, the mod team (and policy) of DP changed, and whatever actual issue inspired the schism in the first place either vanished, or wasn't important anymore, and activity in this com dwindled as the users went back to DP.

For unrelated reasons, Mike left LJ. Then his account was hacked, and the hacker removed the rest of us as mods. Mike later got back into his account, but then deleted it, since the hacker had apparently removed most of his old entries. The com existed without a mod for quite awhile, but no one really minded: there was minimal traffic, and the other two founders also became inactive on LJ.

Recently I got the LJ team to reinstate me as mod here, pretty much just so someone could remove spam entries (which I just did). Which brings us up to date.

So. Looking for a good Portland com? Try DP. There are a ton of people there, more so than any other Portland com on LJ, and in general we're pretty helpful, although snarky.

The end.
Comments 
21st-Oct-2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
Well put LBD.
22nd-Oct-2010 12:20 am (UTC)
In conclusion: hipsters.
22nd-Oct-2010 12:55 am (UTC)
ARSON.
22nd-Oct-2010 12:59 am (UTC)
Personally I'd like to see a community without the "snark" of DP. I think people take things too far there. It'd be nice to be able to post something without the almost certainty of someone being an a-hole to you for no reason other than the fact that it's kinda expected. Of course I'm a sensitive type, so what do I know? I still check things out there from time to time, but I gave up on it for the most part.
22nd-Oct-2010 01:20 am (UTC)
Folks definitely take things too far there. My theory is it's a combination of things, not the least of which is that it's still pretty easy to remain relatively anonymous, and there's also really no consequences to acting like a dick. Plus, a lot of people get personally offended if their views are challenged, yet everyone wants their opinion to be heard.

But then again there are many who manage to not get drawn into it, but keep their cool and civility. I try and follow that example, and hope that I in turn lead by example. But in every crowd there'll be jerks, but you give up the good when you get chased away by the bad.

You (and, for that matter, anyone else) are free to (continue to) use this forum as an alternative to DP. But one of the reasons behind forming this com was to have a forum even less moderated than DP was, so ...
22nd-Oct-2010 01:25 am (UTC)
I don't think I ever really got into the history of why this one existed in the first place. I mainly started reading DP to meet new people before I moved to Portland, which I actually was pretty successful with. It's easy to slip into a flame war on the internet since most people are even less likely to take another human's feelings into account if they aren't looking at their face when they are going to town on them. The internet is an odd phenomenon.
22nd-Oct-2010 04:10 am (UTC)
Ditto, I have talked to many DPers recently who no longer post as result of those people who take Snark to another level. It's sad because it was once a great community but then the bully's came in, ganged up and take no prisoners.
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