This is pretty essential viewing, giving people some context on how online communities have developed. And no, it’s not just a Web 2.0 thing:

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I was trying to work out the other day how long I’d been participating in virtual communities of various sorts, I think the answer is “13 years”, starting with a mailing list for a game back in 1995. This is a topic I ought to revisit. I *might *even explain how I became the Ashtray on the Edge of Oblivion.

But then again, maybe not.