Also to what @jinjin mentioned above:
I think that’s the idea! Hopefully it’s serving that purpose at least a bit. I do like how we can have slow ongoing conversations here…unlike with something like Slack or Discord where missing a day can feel like you lose all context as the stream passes you by, I enjoy the forum pace where we can come back to topics over week and months, adding to things.
I’ve been thinking about alternative social networks, P2P web stuff etc. which is one thing Odell brings up a bit in the book. But so far I haven’t found the experience of something like Mastodon or Scuttlebutt to be “sticky”. I think partly because I’m not part of a tightknit group using those platforms and something like “Twitter, but with fewer people and somehow it’s decentralized” isn’t really a strong selling point.
But I think a place like this — a small-ish forum with a thematic / topical focus — can be great for providing more of a feeling of context and purpose. Like, I may not come here every day, but when I do come here it’s to talk about specific stuff I’m interested in, and not to mindlessly scroll around and procrastinate like I do all too often with e.g. Twitter.
I think “antilibraries, but offline” would be a great next thing to explore and something that I could experiment with to better ground this community in local connections etc.