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QUACKCAST 468 - Online communities and the friendships that are part of them

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, March 3, 2020
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The nature of online communities and making connections with people you meet in them is quite different from what happens with “social media”. The connections are deeper and longer lasting while social media is more about communication, staying in contact, and finding out what's popular at the time rather than sharing creations and forming strong bonds.

The topic of today's conversation was triggered by learning that one of our valued members, Lonnehart, had died two years ago. We always loved his contributions and considered him a friend. He stated commenting less and less and visiting less frequently, as people tend to after a while. But he would always return. We've all been waiting for him to come back… I was getting very worried though and decided to actively search him out, only to find he would never be returning…

Lonnehart was a valued member of our community who had been with us for many years. He was a friendly, gentle, funny, and generous person, an army veteran and a wonderful man. He would always come along and comment with one of his interesting and funny posts to let us know what was happening in his part of the world in tropical Guam, about his battles with snakes and dust bunnies, or game development.
We still have his amazing creations to remember him by. To that end I requested Gunwallace make a special theme for one of his comics.
Gunwallace chose Magiversity. It's a magical, happy introduction, floating through pink and white opalescent clouds of joy into the shining, warm yellow rays of a welcoming sun. Our arrival is played with a playful orchestra of violins as we marvel at the beauty that surrounds us.

Lonnehart died from complications to do with his diabetes as so many American people have been in the last few years. Diabetes should not be a death sentence for people in their 40s, it isn't in the rest of the world. We lost Tupapyon the same way.

This was not a sad Quackcast though, we remember Lonnehart but we're mainly celebrating the collaborative nature of online creative communities and their role in forming strong and enduring friendships, which is something rarely matched with mere social media. What have been your bonding experiences with online communities?


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Featured comic:
Invasive Species - ttps://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2020/feb/25/featured-comic-invasive-species/

Featured music:
Magiversity for lonnehart - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Magiversity/, by Lonnehart, rated T.

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Tantz Aerine - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Tantz_Aerine/
Ozoneocean - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean
kawaiidaigakusei - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/kawaiidaigakusei/

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*Note- Lonnehart's age was 47. I got it wrong in the Quackcast. 1971-2018.

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Andreas_Helixfinger at 9:04AM, March 5, 2020

I unfortunely never got to know Lonnehart. But as a fellow Duckling, as a fellow artist and as a fellow human being, I salute him regardless, and I will give his legacy a read in his memory(Y) I take great comfort and great pride in the fact that I am networking and expressing on a site that has the RARE courtesy to commemorate its lost members:)

ozoneocean at 8:43PM, March 3, 2020

Thanks guys!

Kou the Mad at 7:51PM, March 3, 2020

'Salutes'

usedbooks at 7:59AM, March 3, 2020

Thank you for the tribute. I've lost many internet friends in the last couple years. People whom I only hear from only every month or two and suddenly realize the months have been too many, so I looked into it and discovered they had left not just an internet community but life itself. I think we should all remember that our presence is felt further than we know, and our loss will be too.

ozoneocean at 4:47AM, March 3, 2020

Thankyou for your kind words hushicho! ♥️

hushicho at 12:36AM, March 3, 2020

Thank you so much for celebrating the beautiful legacy that Lonnehart left us. Even though I never interacted with or knew him, I still feel the loss of someone so robust and creative. Recently, I've had a lot of tense stretches, with people I love in hospital, and it seems like this world becomes more of a struggle just to exist in. I am very glad that you have commemorated the beauty that this creator brought to the world, and the happy memory of being with him. I hope that, if I should ever disappear one day, that is what will be done with my creations. Be well, and thank you again for this small but crucially important act. If only more people would be so kind.


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