Veteran Well member Howard Rheingold has a nice piece up about the significance of The Well, which has been around for almost three decades and is looking for a new home now that Salon has put it up for sale. It’s amazing the number of features people take for granted today that were proven on The Well. More importantly, the closeness of the Well community is difficult to accurately describe. It’s amazing to see long lost members returning over the past couple of weeks to offer help or just to reacquaint themselves. For what it’s worth, I think that the two current communities that are most like the Well are Reddit and Metafilter.
The Glitch shutdown
This is how you shut down your MMO’s servers for good: Glitch’s graceful exit
It was a wonderful tribute to the incredible energy people put into the online communities that they join. When an online community is shuttered, it inevitably ends any number of relationships that people build over years. The Glitch shutdown was very respectful of that.