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    "It's just the internet"

    Recently, I posted in a thread about how much I dislike that expression because it devalues us. Certainly there are fakes behind some avatars, but I have to believe most are real, even with all the anonymity or harmless, honest secrets.
    Just recently I was reading a thread in which Pegasus posted. Do you remember him? He was a sweet, kind man who shared his cancer experience with us. His last post said he was having some issues both with the disease and the treatment, but he was still hopeful. Then no more communication. Someone posted of his death later. So, I decided to visited our Garden of Memories here at JUB. If you have not been there, you should check it out. Unfortunately, the original posts were lost in the JUB transition, but you can still get the feel for some of our JUB brothers who have died. One of them, Kristof, died at his own hand. His partner of 20+ years sent a message telling us what happened and he shared how much JUB meant to his partner. Kristoff was homebound due to mental illness and fear. Jub meant so much to him in the months before his death. Apparently it gave him something to look forward to each day.
    That sounds to me like more than just the internet. That sounds like real people interacting with other real people even if not face to face. I suspect in many ways, people can get to know one another on an even deeper level than they can in real life.
    I have had people at JUB share things with me that they have not shared even with best friends. I like to think opening up gave them the courage to then share with others. Maybe all of us have been stepping stones in that way.
    How many times have we heard JUBbers tell us that we have helped them on their journey out of the closet? How much late night loneliness has been eased by people being here for others? I will bet even a few lives have been saved because of an encouraging, caring word from a fellow JUBber.
    I often think about some of our elder JUB members who no longer post. I wonder why. Did we ignore them until they couldn't stand to visit anymore? Are they no longer with us?
    Have the hot newbies with the precocious sex lives who so often dominate the forums before they burn out as quickly as they arrived somehow caused these older members to feel invisible and unwanted. I often think of the nice man from Nice and Golliwog. Did we fail them? Did I?
    When someone complains that they have been deceived by someone on the internet, there will always be those who say "Oh well, it's just the internet. You can't take it too seriously". But what about when someone like Ashy tells us of his struggles with depression and addiction. Do we then blow him off because he is just part of the internet? Or do we show him some personal care and concern?
    We can choose to see the internet as just a playground where we play with others until we are tired of them and then move on to the new guy on the block or we can see it as another aspect of our lives where we care, argue, make-up, laugh, cry and behave like human being.

    Each of us comes to JUB for different reasons. Some come her for serious reasons because they are in need. Many of us come here for a laugh and a little fun. But if JUB is just the internet and it serves no greater purpose than just amusement, then why should we bother coming here at all. Afterall, as of late, there has been more ugliness than humor, anyway.

    **I know, I know. TL/DR
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    Re: "It's just the internet"

    I have to agree. I have not been here long enough to have memories like that, but I've already made real friends with whom I communicate outside JUB as well, and it definitely fills a lot of my free time.

    But then again, I am of the first Internet Generation, the kids that grew up without it but it was introduced to us in our mid/late teens. I had always been a popular kid - in my neighborhood (yes, we played on the streets, I pity the kids of today who don't know what that's like!), and in school - but I had never really belonged with the other kids, we were just bound by circumstance. I met my first friends in an online forum about literature. That was 12 years ago, and even though I've spent the last 4 on the other side of the ocean, whenever I go back home, those people are still there for me.

    So for me the Internet has created bonds stronger than real life. Of course, they only started online and quickly translated to real life, but it would still never have happened without the Internet. So whoever thinks "it doesn't count because it's online" is a naive fool. And that applies to all the pretentious douchebags who think they can be assholes to people on the hook up sites, and still think of themselves as really nice guys, because "they'd never be like that in real life, it's just Grindr"...
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    Re: "It's just the internet"

    I won't argue the main thrusts of the thread, as I agree with them for the most part. But I'll add two thoughts that I'll lay aside of yours.

    * One thing I've learned in my 43 years on this planet is that "things were better before". What things? EVERYthing. Before what? Well, before...this. Before whatever is happening is happening. We look backward with a built-in fond smile, and at the present with built-in cynicism. God, JUB was so cool before, y'know, THIS happened. You know, a couple years ago, when it was cool.

    Of course, a couple years ago, we were all saying the same thing. JUB was better before. Some mainstays could probably bring up LinkMeAllOver as "back when this website was good".

    Point here - at one point, many of the JUBbers here will look back fondly at January 2013 as a great time to be on JUB. And in three years, we might look back at some of the people who post every day today, and wonder what the hell happened to them, or feel bad when we find out they're no longer here. So yes, look back fondly at what happened in the past. But don't forget to appreciate the present. And despite what you might think, there's plenty to like in the present.

    Which brings me to...

    * JUB isn't any one "thing". It's a ton of things happening at once. I often compare it to a massive party in a huge mansion. Sometimes there's a lot of great conversation going on. Sometimes there's a big naked frolic in the hot tub. Sometimes there are arguments and fights going on. Sometimes people wander off into side rooms to have sex.

    And sometimes, it's just kind of a drag.

    When that happens, I either try to make my own fun, and see if others feel like joining in...or I just head out. I leave the party and "go home". Sometimes I stay away for a hour. Sometimes I stay away for a couple days. Once I stayed home for something like a year. But I'll come back, stick my head in, see if I'm enjoying the vibe better now. And if not, I'll head back home and try again later.

    I'd heartily suggest both techniques for those who aren't enjoying their turn here today. Or tomorrow. Or next week. Start a new thread. Spread some positivity. Let's get a fun conversation going. Or if you can't bring yourself to do that, that's fine - "head home". Take a day off, or two, or seven. Then come back and see if you like where things are headed.

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    Re: "It's just the internet"

    Perhaps I was unclear, but I never intended it to come across as something about the good old days.
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    I agree. People tend to filter the bad and remember the good when the good outweighed the bad. But in the present, even when that's the case, they still fixate on the bad.
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    Re: "It's just the internet"

    Quote Originally Posted by sixthson View Post
    Perhaps I was unclear, but I never intended it to come across as something about the good old days.
    As I said - I wasn't responding directly to your post. Simply adding my own thoughts to it.

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    Re: "It's just the internet"

    Great post sixthson! Some food for thought indeed.
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    Re: "It's just the internet"

    Quote Originally Posted by sixthson View Post
    Apparently it gave him something to look forward to each day.
    That sounds to me like more than just the internet. That sounds like real people interacting with other real people even if not face to face. I suspect in many ways, people can get to know one another on an even deeper level than they can in real life.
    That applies to me as well. Being virtually housebound, too, and JUB is one of my major sources of contact with people. To a lot of people, it's 'just the internet'. To a lot of others, it's more like the only family we have.

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    Loved your post Sixthson and I totally agree. In fact-- it's almost odd you bring it up because I was just having a PM conversation with a certain nameless JUBBer about exactly that topic.

    Sure, the net has anonymity... that means you have to have a certain discretion when it comes to believing everything you are told, or accepting everything at face value. And it does change some people's behavior-- usually the people who want to act badly and anonymity lets them do it.

    But none of that changes that a chatroom or a forum or any online community ultimately comes down to a very large number of very real, very human people sitting behind monitors and keyboards, and that the only difference between that and interacting over a table with coffee on it is geography.

    I've always hated the term "it's just the internet." I've always hated when you tell someone about a friend online and they say "Oh, so not a real friend, right? Just someone on the computer?"

    I think when people have those attitudes about the net it's either a failure to understand that the net can just be another way like the telephone that you can communicate with people or... they're people who behave badly online and fall back on "it's just the internet" to defend it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rolyo85 View Post
    I agree. People tend to filter the bad and remember the good when the good outweighed the bad. But in the present, even when that's the case, they still fixate on the bad.
    I agree. And I think the insiders of almost any crowd, including offline fandoms or hobbies or whatever else, will always wax poetic about how "it used to be better/purer", before x. I think that's just something hardwired into us when we establish ranks, hierarchies and seniority. We remind people that we were here for something earlier, before the newer people, and we tend to romanticize it as having been better.

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    Re: "It's just the internet"

    Can't say it better than this.

    Quote Originally Posted by G-Lexington View Post
    I won't argue the main thrusts of the thread, as I agree with them for the most part. But I'll add two thoughts that I'll lay aside of yours.

    * One thing I've learned in my 43 years on this planet is that "things were better before". What things? EVERYthing. Before what? Well, before...this. Before whatever is happening is happening. We look backward with a built-in fond smile, and at the present with built-in cynicism. God, JUB was so cool before, y'know, THIS happened. You know, a couple years ago, when it was cool.

    Of course, a couple years ago, we were all saying the same thing. JUB was better before. Some mainstays could probably bring up LinkMeAllOver as "back when this website was good".

    Point here - at one point, many of the JUBbers here will look back fondly at January 2013 as a great time to be on JUB. And in three years, we might look back at some of the people who post every day today, and wonder what the hell happened to them, or feel bad when we find out they're no longer here. So yes, look back fondly at what happened in the past. But don't forget to appreciate the present. And despite what you might think, there's plenty to like in the present.

    Which brings me to...

    * JUB isn't any one "thing". It's a ton of things happening at once. I often compare it to a massive party in a huge mansion. Sometimes there's a lot of great conversation going on. Sometimes there's a big naked frolic in the hot tub. Sometimes there are arguments and fights going on. Sometimes people wander off into side rooms to have sex.

    And sometimes, it's just kind of a drag.

    When that happens, I either try to make my own fun, and see if others feel like joining in...or I just head out. I leave the party and "go home". Sometimes I stay away for a hour. Sometimes I stay away for a couple days. Once I stayed home for something like a year. But I'll come back, stick my head in, see if I'm enjoying the vibe better now. And if not, I'll head back home and try again later.

    I'd heartily suggest both techniques for those who aren't enjoying their turn here today. Or tomorrow. Or next week. Start a new thread. Spread some positivity. Let's get a fun conversation going. Or if you can't bring yourself to do that, that's fine - "head home". Take a day off, or two, or seven. Then come back and see if you like where things are headed.

    Lex

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    This forum has, literally, saved my life at least twice now.

    For it to be debased as "just a gay porn forum" infuriates me.

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    Fortunately, you know the truth. That's all that matters.

    Quote Originally Posted by AshyPhoenix View Post
    This forum has, literally, saved my life at least twice now.

    For it to be debased as "just a gay porn forum" infuriates me.

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    I agree.

    From someone who has met his boyfriend on here and couldn't imagine living life without him, It is hard not to get mad at the fakes and not take this as "just the internet" because there are people who put an emotional investment into others. I've been here since I was 18 and it was and to a certain extent still is my main gay outlet. I've met and talked to a lot of good people on here, have gotten great advice and have shared a lot with some people.

    When it comes to the topic of JUB of "then and now" I really don't think JUB is any worse (if at all) than it has ever been. The more influx of people just make the worse seem even worse, even though there have been good people that come from that influx as well. I think JUB will always have good people on it that are willing to listen and have a helping hand.

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    Despite the fakes, phonies and crazies, I managed to develop some incredible lasting friendships thanks to this site. So for that, I'm forever grateful.

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    JUB has given me a few companions, a best friend and a romance that impact my life. So, thank you JUB.

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    I know that some seem to use “It’s just the internet” as their war cry, and that’s not cool, but I also want to believe that most have good intentions when they offer, “It’s just the internet”, in an attempt to console/pacify.

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    @ “The good ol’ days”

    I’m glad that this site still “works” for some. I’m glad that the site is still up and of some use.

    But, you know, just a few years ago, the number of viewers/visitors “now on” Hot Topics was always around 300 at any time of the day. That number started dwindling fast, and last it was shown, you wouldn’t find more than 80 people at any time.

    Now, that bit of information, number currently viewing this forum, is no longer visible – for a damn good reason.



    And, we used to see the owners of the site, JD and Seth, posting along with all of the mods on a regular basis - daily.

    Now, if you open the “show groups” page for Mods/Admis, any time of the day, you’ll find that even they (including the new owner) can’t be bothered to appear logged in to their own site.
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    JUB is like a herd of performing elephants with diarrhoea - massive, difficult to redirect, awe-inspiring, entertaining, and a source of mind-boggling amounts of excrement when you least expect it.

    I enjoy and have enjoyed the fakers, trolls, and the 'true-blues' alike. It happens in the 'real world' so why not online? There are those I fondly remember, and those I miss and more will come and go.

    I think here, as in life, many take things too seriously or give things too much thought. But I may be over-thinking a bit ;)

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    I remember reading an article about penpals. Penpals were very common 40 or 50 years ago, apparently. There were even penpal clubs where people could select a certain person based on a country, culture, religion, etc that might interest them.
    Many of these people corresponded for decades, sharing stories about their lives and families. Most never met each other and never had any expectations of meeting when they began the friendship. So, someone from Bigfork, Minnesota never expected to meet their panpal from Bergen, Norway. Travelling was not as common as today.
    The common theme seemed to be that the writers considered each other friends on an equal footing with those in their day to day lives. A friend is a friend, I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gsdx View Post
    That applies to me as well. Being virtually housebound, too, and JUB is one of my major sources of contact with people. To a lot of people, it's 'just the internet'. To a lot of others, it's more like the only family we have.
    This "It's just the internet" is something I have been thinking about for some time. I recall someone being rude and disrespectful to you in recent months. I suspect one of the reasons they found it easy to do was because of this very thing. It didn't matter to them if they hurt you because you were just words on a screen, with no heart or soul.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xbuzzerx View Post
    Loved your post Sixthson and I totally agree. In fact-- it's almost odd you bring it up because I was just having a PM conversation with a certain nameless JUBBer about exactly that topic.

    Sure, the net has anonymity... that means you have to have a certain discretion when it comes to believing everything you are told, or accepting everything at face value. And it does change some people's behavior-- usually the people who want to act badly and anonymity lets them do it.

    But none of that changes that a chatroom or a forum or any online community ultimately comes down to a very large number of very real, very human people sitting behind monitors and keyboards, and that the only difference between that and interacting over a table with coffee on it is geography.

    I've always hated the term "it's just the internet." I've always hated when you tell someone about a friend online and they say "Oh, so not a real friend, right? Just someone on the computer?"

    I think when people have those attitudes about the net it's either a failure to understand that the net can just be another way like the telephone that you can communicate with people or... they're people who behave badly online and fall back on "it's just the internet" to defend it.



    I agree. And I think the insiders of almost any crowd, including offline fandoms or hobbies or whatever else, will always wax poetic about how "it used to be better/purer", before x. I think that's just something hardwired into us when we establish ranks, hierarchies and seniority. We remind people that we were here for something earlier, before the newer people, and we tend to romanticize it as having been better.

    I hate quoting large text boxes but I agree. Even when I played WoW, I actually met up with some of the people I played with. It wasn't SaintKorgath the Deathknight but Alex from Tampa. It wasn't Sundar the Feral druid but Wendy from Halifax. It wasn't Awena the resto druid but Becky from San Diego.

    I've met each of those people face-to-face. So it isn't just "the internet" or "a game". Even in a game such as WoW, when you have a group that played nearly every week together for 2 years, it's hard to let new people into your clique.

    Hell I never shared the story of why my guild in WoW fell apart and it wasn't just because of Crapaclysm. The guildmaster had a batshit crazy girlfriend that he would defend like crazy when we all abhorred her with a passion. We would be raiding and him leading it and she would come on vent demanding that he come do some quests with her or demand we do shit for her because she is fucking the GM. One-by-one people trickled out of the guild and scattered to the winds because we could not deal with her anymore.

    That little bit shows that one person can completely destroy a community if they are not removed from it or agree to said community's code.

    At least on account with the "imposter" thing, that is why there is such a strong backlash against people pretending to be someone they are not. I still firmly believe that claiming someone's pictures as your own is theft and you should be banished from here. As I have said before, when they apologize, they are only sorry they got caught.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxpowr9 View Post
    I hate quoting large text boxes but I agree. Even when I played WoW, I actually met up with some of the people I played with. It wasn't SaintKorgath the Deathknight but Alex from Tampa. It wasn't Sundar the Feral druid but Wendy from Halifax. It wasn't Awena the resto druid but Becky from San Diego.

    I've met each of those people face-to-face. So it isn't just "the internet" or "a game". Even in a game such as WoW, when you have a group that played nearly every week together for 2 years, it's hard to let new people into your clique.

    Hell I never shared the story of why my guild in WoW fell apart and it wasn't just because of Crapaclysm. The guildmaster had a batshit crazy girlfriend that he would defend like crazy when we all abhorred her with a passion. We would be raiding and him leading it and she would come on vent demanding that he come do some quests with her or demand we do shit for her because she is fucking the GM. One-by-one people trickled out of the guild and scattered to the winds because we could not deal with her anymore.

    That little bit shows that one person can completely destroy a community if they are not removed from it or agree to said community's code.

    At least on account with the "imposter" thing, that is why there is such a strong backlash against people pretending to be someone they are not. I still firmly believe that claiming someone's pictures as your own is theft and you should be banished from here. As I have said before, when they apologize, they are only sorry they got caught.
    Is it wrong that I just laughed at most of this?

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    This was a really nice idea, to remember everyone that we are people from everywhere in the world, that have very different (or similar) lives, fears and joys. We all have our reasons, and if we stay it's because we find the support we need here. I haven't met someone I could call a real real friend, it's not a natural talent of mine and, in addition, I don't get the opportunity to stay much time very often, but as I told before, I read this forum for years before deciding to participate, and somehow I see many (all?) of the people here as friends, some of them aren't here no more, but since, I don't know, a long time ago, this is my community, everybody here is my gay friend that doesn't need to be addressed with gay as a constant reminder. For people that don't have a strong community around, and my city is very traditional and posh (and also very gay behind doors), this is really important, to feel home somewhere, even if that place is in the internet. This is the place where people don't wonder if I'm gay or not, that don't stare to try to find if that guy is my boyfriend or not or if I'm going to start spreading pink glitter all around! But it's not easy to be here sometimes, at some point I have the impression that half of the people ignores me and the other half hates me but I imagine that that impression is something that most of people already felt sometime... In the end, I keep coming, sometimes reading, sometimes writing, I go to a happy place where I belong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weinerslav View Post
    This was a really nice idea, to remember everyone that we are people from everywhere in the world, that have very different (or similar) lives, fears and joys. We all have our reasons, and if we stay it's because we find the support we need here. I haven't met someone I could call a real real friend, it's not a natural talent of mine and, in addition, I don't get the opportunity to stay much time very often, but as I told before, I read this forum for years before deciding to participate, and somehow I see many (all?) of the people here as friends, some of them aren't here no more, but since, I don't know, a long time ago, this is my community, everybody here is my gay friend that doesn't need to be addressed with gay as a constant reminder. For people that don't have a strong community around, and my city is very traditional and posh (and also very gay behind doors), this is really important, to feel home somewhere, even if that place is in the internet. This is the place where people don't wonder if I'm gay or not, that don't stare to try to find if that guy is my boyfriend or not or if I'm going to start spreading pink glitter all around! But it's not easy to be here sometimes, at some point I have the impression that half of the people ignores me and the other half hates me but I imagine that that impression is something that most of people already felt sometime... In the end, I keep coming, sometimes reading, sometimes writing, I go to a happy place where I belong.
    Don't feel hated or ignored. Unless you are a JUB celeb or a popular kid with your own ratpack, most of us feel like outsiders at times. Just keep posting and let others get to know you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AshyPhoenix View Post
    This forum has, literally, saved my life at least twice now.

    For it to be debased as "just a gay porn forum" infuriates me.
    <hugs Ashy>

    Little brother,...

    ... you've given me so much inspiration--the kind of inspiration that has allowed me to improve my life.

    I think that I, in turn, have helped urge some depressed JUBbers to get help. At least three have listened to me, and all three seem to show improvement already.

    So, OP, i agree with you. No, "it's NOT just the Internet". We are all real people with real thoughts, real feeligs, real problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixthson View Post
    Don't feel hated or ignored. Unless you are a JUB celeb or a popular kid with your own ratpack, most of us feel like outsiders at times. Just keep posting and let others get to know you.
    Oh, I'm aware of that, now!

    But that is not a bad thing, I honestly prefer that people don't expect much from me, I already have to deal with attention enough in my professional life, here I just want to be with my blanket, PJ and slippers looking like a grandma and pretending that tomorrow doesn't matter...
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    Dan, I'm really glad that you're so vocal about this now.

    When I was a newbie here, being accepted was of high importance to me, because I really didn't have that anywhere else at the time. Occasionally, I would empathise with another member who felt the same way I did (like an outsider), and you were actually one of the people who would put forth that JUB was just a place to have a little fun, and that it wasn't to be taken seriously. I know you meant well, but the truth is, JUB was a haven for me; when my father refused to speak to me after I came out, when my friends turned their backs on me, when my anxiety was at its peak, when I had nobody (and I mean nobody) to talk to. JUB wasn't just a place for me to come and have a bit of fun, it was something to hold onto when I had nothing else.

    I've met some truly incredible people here. Just last night I was IMing with a man whose impact on my life has been absolutely immeasurable; I am so much better for simply knowing him, and I wouldn't have had the opportunity to do that without this website. There are liars, and fakes, and manipulators, but I would say that a majority of the regulars around here are using JUB as a medium to connect with and learn from others.

    I will forever oppose the "it's just the internet" mentality, because despite the fact that I don't need JUB as a safe haven anymore, I don't even want to think about where I'd be, or even if I'd be, without it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weinerslav View Post
    Oh, I'm aware of that, now!

    But that is not a bad thing, I honestly prefer that people don't expect much from me, I already have to deal with attention enough in my professional life, here I just want to be with my blanket, PJ and slippers looking like a grandma and pretending that tomorrow doesn't matter...
    Well . . . if you don’t post you won’t be seen . . . . and if you’re not seen you won’t be looking like anything . . .



    Good luck with that little predicament.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anders123 View Post
    Dan, I'm really glad that you're so vocal about this now.

    When I was a newbie here, being accepted was of high importance to me, because I really didn't have that anywhere else at the time. Occasionally, I would empathise with another member who felt the same way I did (like an outsider), and you were actually one of the people who would put forth that JUB was just a place to have a little fun, and that it wasn't to be taken seriously. I know you meant well, but the truth is, JUB was a haven for me; when my father refused to speak to me after I came out, when my friends turned their backs on me, when my anxiety was at its peak, when I had nobody (and I mean nobody) to talk to. JUB wasn't just a place for me to come and have a bit of fun, it was something to hold onto when I had nothing else.

    I've met some truly incredible people here. Just last night I was IMing with a man whose impact on my life has been absolutely immeasurable; I am so much better for simply knowing him, and I wouldn't have had the opportunity to do that without this website. There are liars, and fakes, and manipulators, but I would say that a majority of the regulars around here are using JUB as a medium to connect with and learn from others.

    I will forever oppose the "it's just the internet" mentality, because despite the fact that I don't need JUB as a safe haven anymore, I don't even want to think about where I'd be, or even if I'd be, without it.
    Quite well said that. There are many good and meaningful folk here that have made this a little bit homey
    and share the ups/downs/fortunes of experience and opinion. Part Shrink, parent, concerned friend and
    interesting acquaintences not just overly gay sex voyeurs and smut talkers.

    I've watched you and several others grow here. Tried to help and in so doing learned. Whether it was
    the quality and quantity of the conversation or just knowing there was an ear. Sometimes just a bad joke
    when you need(ed) it.

    Not ever just a porn site. (although that isn't to bad either)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kahaih View Post
    Well . . . if you don’t post you won’t be seen . . . . and if you’re not seen you won’t be looking like anything . . .



    Good luck with that little predicament.
    Oh, but I don't want to say I wont participate, I just understand better how this works and I don't feel the need to cry for attention. We all are multidimensional and I prefer people to learn who I am and not expect anything from the way I interact, high expectations can lead to big falls...

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    Quote Originally Posted by weinerslav View Post
    This was a really nice idea, to remember everyone that we are people from everywhere in the world, that have very different (or similar) lives, fears and joys. We all have our reasons, and if we stay it's because we find the support we need here. I haven't met someone I could call a real real friend, it's not a natural talent of mine and, in addition, I don't get the opportunity to stay much time very often, but as I told before, I read this forum for years before deciding to participate, and somehow I see many (all?) of the people here as friends, some of them aren't here no more, but since, I don't know, a long time ago, this is my community, everybody here is my gay friend that doesn't need to be addressed with gay as a constant reminder. For people that don't have a strong community around, and my city is very traditional and posh (and also very gay behind doors), this is really important, to feel home somewhere, even if that place is in the internet. This is the place where people don't wonder if I'm gay or not, that don't stare to try to find if that guy is my boyfriend or not or if I'm going to start spreading pink glitter all around! But it's not easy to be here sometimes, at some point I have the impression that half of the people ignores me and the other half hates me but I imagine that that impression is something that most of people already felt sometime... In the end, I keep coming, sometimes reading, sometimes writing, I go to a happy place where I belong.
    If it's any consolation I've always taken note of your posts, and we both like Archer. So we have that in common. It's true you're a rare sight, and I haven't left you a post comment that I can recall, but it's not because you're invisible or unnoticed. I definitely see you out there.

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    Anders, what I wrote, I wrote as much to me as to others. It's the reason I asked if I had failed anyone.
    I went through a period of real negativity toward internet friendships after being disappointed by someone here.
    I realized I was wrong. But recently, it seems there has been much more of the attitude that anything online is not real and that others
    could not be trusted. Perhaps it was during my down time that you caught my bad advice. I'm glad you ignored me and made some true friends. I am sorry.
    Everyone wants to be heard. No one wants to listen.

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    Honestly, there's a lack of trust I have for folks on the internet even if they say the right things or seem to care. It is just the internet. My heart naturally reserves a good deal of attachment until I know something is real. And I wish others would have that same approach, negative as that may seem.

    I don't think it's right to deceive. I don't think it doesn't hurt for the deceived. But I still question why folks allow themselves to easily be deceived.

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    'D',

    With all you and 'T' have on your plates, occasional negative phases are expected here.
    You are very opinionated but seldom judgmental. Your tons of experience are a valid
    contribution at all times and your friends here will tell you to shut up if/when you go
    off on strange highways.

    Andy doesn't need apologies, nor do any of us. We are what We are and It is what It is.

    The internet is a medium, WE are the message........JMHO again

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixthson View Post
    I went through a period of real negativity toward internet friendships after being disappointed by someone here.
    I remember you telling me about this, and I understand completely.

    Still, your advice wasn't necessarily bad in a general sense, it was just inapplicable to me personally. It can be unhealthy for a person to invest too much of their energy into an online forum, especially if the interaction there begins to replace face-to-face communication. For me, it was a stepping stone. I'm still crazy insecure, but expressing my opinions here has allowed me to gain confidence in them. People generally respond well to the things I say on the forums, and it made me feel that people would do the same elsewhere; I used the confidence I gained here to move forward with my life. Many people don't do that though, and for them, it could be a good thing to take a step back and reevaluate why they spend so much time here.

    You needn't apologise to me. You've always been there with a kind word or a shoulder to lean on. If I were to compile a list of JUBbers I can always trust to have my best interests at heart, your name would be right up there near the top. You've never failed me, not once.


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    Oh and for the record, if I say "it's just the internet," I'm not debasing that actual friendships can't begin here. I'm saying that (for me) they usually become so when they evolve into something that's off the internet.

    I haven't been here as long as other members, but it's hard to even be touched by the stories of JUB members who have "died," when we don't even know if members like Andreus ever really lived to begin with.
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    I agree with the OP. I have been on one board that has morphed a bit over the years since 1997...and all of the real things in life we shared over the years cannot be dismissed as 'just the internet'.

    The thing about old timers on the board...you can never really know why they left or stopped posting. I was on the last (and only) gay board for quite a long time and I loved the board and I made alot of friends there who I still care about and sometimes read but both times I left it was because of someone who creeped me out so bad I couldnt' stand to go there. The first one was a child molestor who blamed his son for not forgiving him and after I fought with him I needed to leave and take a bath...but I came back because I missed my friends. The last (and final) time...There was a person who creeped me out real bad and I feel sad because I did not say goodbye or give any explanation or cause any drama and I wont' tell any of them why .......

    Thing is...they helped me ALOT when I needed it and I rarely ask for help so it was really nice. I am forever grateful. The help was real and it made a huge difference in my life. As you said...It isn't 'just the internet'

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    I am very thankful for finding this forum. Apart from a few annoyances, and untolerable people, this place helped me.

    A big thank you goes to Seasoned, and of course a hug follows if we ever meet.
    Johann is also a nice guy, though he likes to argue with me
    And there are also those guys who helped me when I posted all the bullshit in the Relationships and Health forums.

    I think I defeated my HIV paranoia thanks to you guys.

    I know you guys don't agree with of the things I say, and I tend to be quite unflexible in my opinions, but most of you are not being complete dicks about it.

    So thanks again.

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    Internet is not just Internet, however, it is just Internet at the same time.

    Like what Lefty said; it's a medium - it is not capable of having feelings or anything on its own. We the humans who are using it are the ones controlling its content and the intention of us using it, whether for people's good or harm and for our good or harm. Also, words are more powerful than actions sometimes, so anything posted in the Internet can have great effects for people to whose life Internet plays an important part. But again, it's a medium, it doesn't control what to exhibit and what not to; we the users do. It can be a medium of good or evil.

    I would imagine Internet communication being a thin glass mask. Unless we have known the person face to face or heart to heart, anyone in a forum is (initially) strangers to one another. Since we don't meet during posting, the distance and the virtual anonymity gives protection - a mask. Some people think this mask is permanently protecting they abuse the privilege and do things hurting people, using the excuse: "It's just the Internet" and "So? Nobody there knows me in person anyway." The problem is they don't know it's thin and it's made of glass; even if we don't and will never know who the real person behind the avatar is, we know what sweet/foul of heart the wretched poster is.

    For myself, the Internet (especially JUB) plays quite a huge role for me. I joined when I was desperate and even when I didn't scream out, a nice JUBber approached me and helped me out, sorting out my fear and telling me it would all be okay. He might be posting here rarely and he might never know how much he did for me, even when we were staring at an electronic screen with nothing but words and separated thousands of miles apart. From him too I finally learnt in the end it's a medium and though virtual, we're dealing with real humans here. We cannot blame the Internet for everything.
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    I agree with your post, OP. The internet is a medium for communication, and who's to say that it's any less or insignificant than say the phone, text, snail mail, etc? Everyone can make it out for whatever way they want it to be. It's a club that's always open for everyone. There are crazies, fakes, trollers...but those exist in "real life" too. For the most part, everyone embraces each other with welcoming arms. Let us all respect each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dereperez View Post
    I agree with your post, OP. The internet is a medium for communication, and who's to say that it's any less or insignificant than say the phone, text, snail mail, etc?
    How often do you text, snail mail, or talk on the phone with people who you've never met and who's names you don't know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSpectatingLoner View Post
    How often do you text, snail mail, or talk on the phone with people who you've never met and who's names you don't know?
    Exactly the reason why the internet is or can be significant to many. How else are you going to "meet" new people aside from the usual social gatherings at parties/events? For the conventionally shy or disinclined, the internet can be the perfect little outlet where they can make their presence known.

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    I agree that the internet opens up ways to meet people. But those people who are quick to meet are often folks who think it's "just the internet" until they get the confirmed real thing in person.

    I'm not saying it's not possible to get attached to the idea of someone by traces of their personality on the internet. But a message board isn't the safest place to go around investing your trust and feelings.

    It's like leaving your smartphone out on the restaurant table while using the restroom. Yes, it's wrong for someone to steal it from you. But was it really the wisest idea to make it so easy?
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    Even if this place pisses me off, makes me despair for humanity, turns me off from my fellow gays... I still know that at the drop of a hat I can meet someone amazing on here. And that alone is worth staying. And why it's not just teh internetz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anders123 View Post
    Dan, I'm really glad that you're so vocal about this now.

    When I was a newbie here, being accepted was of high importance to me, because I really didn't have that anywhere else at the time. Occasionally, I would empathise with another member who felt the same way I did (like an outsider), and you were actually one of the people who would put forth that JUB was just a place to have a little fun, and that it wasn't to be taken seriously. I know you meant well, but the truth is, JUB was a haven for me; when my father refused to speak to me after I came out, when my friends turned their backs on me, when my anxiety was at its peak, when I had nobody (and I mean nobody) to talk to. JUB wasn't just a place for me to come and have a bit of fun, it was something to hold onto when I had nothing else.

    I've met some truly incredible people here. Just last night I was IMing with a man whose impact on my life has been absolutely immeasurable; I am so much better for simply knowing him, and I wouldn't have had the opportunity to do that without this website. There are liars, and fakes, and manipulators, but I would say that a majority of the regulars around here are using JUB as a medium to connect with and learn from others.

    I will forever oppose the "it's just the internet" mentality, because despite the fact that I don't need JUB as a safe haven anymore, I don't even want to think about where I'd be, or even if I'd be, without it.
    Well said Andrew. If it wasn't for JUB, I don't think I will still be here. When I went through a period of depression, almost giving up my life, you guys came to rescue. I am oppose the 'it's just internet" as well. The words you guys posted here have somehow impact on someone else life. There are bad people everywhere, just like in real life, you just need to sort it out and meet the right ones.

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    It's We are just the internet

    All of us, the giving ones, the taking ones, the loving, the angry ones, the entertaining ones, the bored ones, the busy ones, the lonely ones, the social ones...
    The interactions of all of us produce just this: some taking, giving, loving, unnerving, entertaining, frustrating, time wasting, warming...

    It's just the internet really depends on who you are and what you need... attention? connexions? Love? Distraction? That's how value is attributed to things and relationships.
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    I dont have a life. I admit it. Anxiety has my life and so the internet is a big part of my life.

    But for those with lives, I wonder why they are here inside when they could be spending it with friends and family.

    Who needs a life more? ;-)


    I had an idea for a play. I dont mind sharing it because it is up here first and if someone takes my idea, I have a time stamp to prove I thought of it first



    Picture it:
    A broadway stage. A play about a group of friends and the problems they seem to have. The stage is turn tabled and the turntable turns around to show a boy and his cat on the other side of the revolving stage. He is an agoraphobic and while we might initially feel bad for him, after several acts of the play and turn tabling back and forth between scenes of the group of friends and the scenes of the guy and his cat, the audience realizes that the guy and his cat have a better life than the group of friends who fight over small problems and they forget the meaning of friendship.

    I wonder about my life before the computer and moving to suburbia where I live now.

    Why arent you out with your friends? My reason, I dont really have any.
    So I find it very ironic

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSpectatingLoner View Post
    How often do you text, snail mail, or talk on the phone with people who you've never met and who's names you don't know?
    How often do you talk to a large number of people in your real face-to-face life about your inner problems, your views on every conceivable kind of issue, and sex?

    That's the flipside. People can talk about things on the net without the labyrinth of social etiquette and comfort level boundaries that would shut out many topics entirely in person.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nishin View Post
    It's We are just the internet

    All of us, the giving ones, the taking ones, the loving, the angry ones, the entertaining ones, the bored ones, the busy ones, the lonely ones, the social ones...
    The interactions of all of us produce just this: some taking, giving, loving, unnerving, entertaining, frustrating, time wasting, warming...

    It's just the internet really depends on who you are and what you need, that's how value is attribuated to things and relationships.
    Agreed. The internet, like the government, is something people can build up to be huge, monstrous and bad... but ultimately both is just a large collection of individuals.

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    Re: "It's just the internet"

    They had a segment on robots on '60 minutes' the other week. And what will happen when robots can do jobs and we have more free time?
    Will the world become hooked to the internet?

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    ^Much to my chagrin, the local University library uses robots to retrieve the books for you. I effin' hated it.

    If they make it harder for us to go to the lilbary because of those robots, you can just bet the Internet will grow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M10000 View Post
    But for those with lives, I wonder why they are here inside when they could be spending it with friends and family.
    Is it not possible to do both? The internet doesn't have to be a substitute for face-to-face interaction, it can compliment it. Sometimes a person might be in the mood to enjoy a meal or a movie with friends, or to go out drinking, or go to a club and dance, and sometimes they might be content to sit alone and read a book, or to curl up and watch a television series in bed, or to browse the forums and post on JUB.

    Personally, I find constant social interaction to be exhausting. I can go to dinner and a movie with friends, but if they decide to go out drinking afterwards, it's very rare that I will join them. Partly because I find it difficult to enjoy myself in those situations, but also because I'm usually tired by that point, and would rather come home and browse JUB or read a book.

    Posting on JUB doesn't mean I have no life, it just means that the internet is a part of it.

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