I didn't mean I'd found a replacement for K5. I'm just off to other things that I care deeply about in my life.
This isn't the first time I've watched a community die around me, and I've kind of learned to accept what's happening and not spend too much time longing for the past.
The ravers had an incredible thing going for a while. Then it hit some tipping point, got too much attention, and the demographic changed fast and hard... And it was over. I'll keep my fond memories, but I know I won't ever be able to go back.
The hippies had their run, of course... I wish I could have seen it firsthand. The same thing happened to them. I feel sorry for the ones who've spent the last forty years trying to cling to the revolution after it was subverted, instead of moving on and making the world a better place at a local level, and with subtler attempts to fix western culture.
Both the BBS world and Usenet (and the internet as a whole) had their times. They were distinct little worlds, intensely wonderful and unique, yet the writing was on the wall for both in September 1993. The BBS community was quickly absorbed by the internet, the magic of Usenet faded, and the internet morphed into something much bigger, completely different.
Anyway, if you're looking for a new "Collaborative site to publish and discuss essays with a diverse group of people with something intelligent to say" to replace K5, I'm sorry, but I haven't found it, yet. Even if I had, I don't think I'd post it here. Too much of the core is gone, and the group I'd be inviting wouldn't be the one that built K5. The new site will have to build its own foundation before it can handle wide exposure.
What I have moved on to are other tight knit communities where everyone's euphoric from being part of something bigger than themselves, and knowing that they're a small but integral part of the force driving it along. I'm hoping their obscurity and sheer oddity will keep them alive.
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