The first thing that comes to mind in 2006 is the rise and fall demise of Somaudlin (AKA justinesWhip, lostArt and victorianWhore). Somaudlin posted her first diary in 2005 and captivated the k5 ghetto with her wit and female presence. From her marriage problem, her drug problems, constant name changing and her bitch fighting with me, redqueen and dakini, everyone knew who Soma was.
Maude's diaries attracted more comments than most stories but it wasn't all good. We got the impression that soma's husband didn't like her developing website obsession. Similarily, the trolls were getting sick of Soma's constant flow of diaries, comments and name changes. In September, somaudlin promised to leave but gave up the address and password to her blog.
cDiss gradually stopped liking soma and with his IRC buddies, continually threatened Maud hirez and doubted the legitimacy of her story. cDiss also threatened to leave k5 but that didn't last. In 2006, we will all remember cDiss' (natural) perm.
In 2006, everyone began to sit up and take notice of MotorMachineMercenary. MMM surprised the k5 ghetto with two 100+ commented diaries and 3 front-page stories. MMM's troll was painfully simple - just develop an overly confident and masculine personality and offer advice to the nerds of kuro5hin.org. He did this quite successfully with his front page story The Compleat Gentleman: MMM's guide to bitches, buddies and booze.
One person that MMM couldn't help was Lemon Juice. In 2006, LJ got a new shtick after trolling it out with Egil. He became White Russian and then Water. LJ ended 2006 a virgin but hey, no surprises there.
Speaking of Egil, in 2006 he went about to prove his status as a superb troll. He challenged himself to get everyone to hate him in a one month period and then turn it all around the next month. Read about it in his diary here. Meanwhile, he posted a diary to k5 - 'All About Egil' which is up there with the stupidest thing Egil has done. Someone please go give Egil a visit so he knows never to post his whereabouts on the dangerous internets ever again.
Out of no where in 2006 came the dupe account Feklaar. Egil, trying to prove the great troll he is, even claimed to be Feklaar. Feklaar was a great character for the LOLs.
Our resident schizophrenic Michael Crawford will also be remembered this year. He moved to Vancouver away from Bonita, never finished Ogg Frog and started the incessant Michael Crawfording in the diary section. Hell, he even turned down an interview from Google.
User 1419 suddenly came back to k5 after a strange departure as 1318, annoying nearly everyone with his knowledge on everything but posting some good front page stories.
Of course, we can't round out this section without mentioning LilDebbie. This year, he will be remembered for 3 things.
1. Lil deb hacked Soma's blog.
2. Lil deb got fired from his help-desk job (which Egil scarily predicted)
3. Jesus. Yes. Lil Debbie looks like Jesus.
Very early in 2006, the site mourned the loss of mindpixel.
NIWS was around with his page widening trolls (sorry no links). Soon after, k5 was in chaos when a scoop bug was exposed, giving everyone admin privileges. A story on the front page was deleted.
Speaking of the front page - Rusty decreased the voting threshold from 70 to 60 and finally to 40 (at present) to combat the lack of stories making the front page.
Tex Bigballs Crime detective Story 3 regrettably got dumped. You can see the story in all its brilliance reposted as a diary here. Crime Detective Story 4 is supposed to be on its way.
In other front page news, Tales From The Hive were a standout. Bee-guy even sent Rusty some honey. localroger tried to revive past glories with the new Natalee Holloway story. KingRamsis earns a mention with a story that topped 1000 comments. Ask a pedophile seemed controversial even for k5.
Somaudlin badly wanted to meet the minds from our site and proposed a Chicago meet up. Similarily, Egil wanted to meet his Canadian neighbors Actmodern and Redqueen. On the other side of the globe, yaksok and nostalgiphile are getting excited about their south-east Asian get together. K5ers meeting up in real life is not always a good idea.
This year many k5ers posted their pictures on the site frappr. Check out the location and pictures of many k5ers on this map and add yourself if you haven't already.
Rounding out this section, other memorable moments included the flood of diaries when the mid term elections were on and mybostinks/terryfunk taking over k04ting.
Balrson and Tweety.
Highly Rated comments:
bottlerocket - here
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Partialpeople - here
balsamic vinigga - here
localroger - here
cDiss - here
Givemegmail11 - here
Mystess - here
Spooked - here
MrHanky - here
OlympicSmoker - here
Fleece - here
Entendre Entendre - here
Thekubrix - here
Livus - here
Rusty - here