I remember when Susy was first opening this forum for "US" and how grateful I was that we wouldn't lose track of our "elders" ( Be they old folks like me or just long standing ptr-ers)
I am a Canadian but my roots are as a member of the S'Klallam Band in Sequim, Washington. The Jamestown S'Klallam band is there for all its members but one of the main benefits is an emphasis on its elders.
They have many special benefits for elders as well as using the last generations to pass on their knowledge to the new members. So much has been lost by our Native population. ( Their language and their customs would be totally gone if it were not for the knowledge and generosity of our elders )
They have not only passed on their language and cultures but also their incredible and deep love of the land.
I know there is a major difference between a native band and this forum but I also feel that Susys forum parallels the Jamestown S'Klallam Band in many ways. It is a place we can gather to share our knowledge, we can warn newbies of the many pitfalls in ptr etc. and we can also share our stories. Who we are and what we do or have done.
We have recently lost several elders from our band and sadly with each passing we also lose a vast amount of knowledge which if it hasn't been shared or recorded will be lost forever.
Two major forums that contained the "history" of this small corner of the world have been lost and with them went not only a huge amount of information but also we lost a place to learn, to share and to remember. A place to just drop in and see what's up and who is around.
We have gfo and the emphasis there is on support forums and ptr information. That is important and many read and post there. Affiliates Delight is a different kettle of fish. It is meant as a place to laugh, to play and to share but it is also a place to learn and to maintain contact.
Since this forum opened I have discovered the arcade which is a great place to relax BUT...it really doesn't bring the members together and that was a large part of the purpose.When Susy was first discussing how to save AD I recall seeing SSink. I hadn't seen her around for ages and I remember feeling sad at the thought I may completely lose contact.
There are many others I haven't seen in awhile but who helped me through my newbie days. Of course we all remember ........Little Princess, Enchanted,Roadrunner,Deerladie, Lennon2004, Cubby, Frenchy, Tas and of course my girl -Blue Dahlia as well as Bob-rbnlovespoh,trulyfair and many more.
What about YOU...what are you doing? Who do you want to say hi to?
Lets remember before we lose the opportunity..