Tony R made a suggestion in the comments.

His idea is to have a page created solely for tributes to past iOTW community members. What do you think?

Here’s who comes to mind right at this moment –

Admin Girl, PUK (Peter Bocking), Mad Jack, Greetings From Yonkers, Reboot, Grayscape, Third Wave Dave, The Doktor, Moe Tom…

Please add to the list in the comments, and also weigh in on whether this idea for a memorial page is something that should be considered.

69 Comments on Idea

  1. Great idea. As is Abigail Adams’ (?) idea of occasional ‘Open Threads’ where we get to bring stuff up and RANT (creatively, of course.)

  2. A permanent tribute to honor those who have departed, whose wit & wisdom, have helped to make this site what it is today is a great idea. Maybe a short bio on each would ( without disclosing their real names ) would be nice as well.

  3. The small informal blog I am involved with has tributes in the side bar. I like it very much. Having a tribute page is a very good idea.

  4. What @BrownEyedGirl expressed about MoeTom’s passing was perfect in how iOTWr unmet friends feel about each other.

    I think it’s a beautiful idea.

  5. @Illustr8r – Brown Eyed Girl’s comment was beautiful.

    “I don’t know how it could have happened that a bunch of people I will probably never meet who possess names I will probably never know could have worked their way into my heart so that I cry when I read that one has passed. God bless and keep each and every one of you.”

  6. Oh Hell yes! Great idea and maybe 1 or 2 of each person’s best comments just to give the newer folk a small sample of what they missed.

  7. Absolutely! A memorial tribute to devoted iOTW staff, commenters and friends should be added to this site. Thanks for considering it. BFH.

  8. Tribute page–YES!
    Open Thread page–YES!
    Lost friends comments in tribute–YES!
    Unmet Friends as title–YES!
    And Brown-Eyed Girl’s comment as a header–YES!
    What a great bunch of people there are on this blog!

  9. Institutional memory is an important thing. So is perpetual memory of good friends.

    That said, there should be a monument to the Unknown Commenter.

  10. Great idea. I have come to cherish people on this site as much and often more than people I contact in day to day life.

  11. Good idea @Tony R was thinking the same like an Eternal Flame.

    A good friend and mentor passed away some days ago, some of you might remember, salt of the earth he was and died too young at 5, Viet Nam vet, 25th Regiment, Tropic Lighting.

    Would like to be able to post a direct note on a side bar constant site.

    Call it “Our Eternal Flame(s)” or whatever…


  12. Yes.

    I’m gonna need someone, anyone, at some time, to say something nice about me when I slip out of this dimension commonly known as this world.

  13. Me too, PJ. Every one of my seven siblings is on the opposite side, except for one, who is mostly a Never Trumper. I feel like I’m all alone in this world

    But thats been the case for me for the longest time, so it doesn’t bother me. What does bother me is the total degredation of their thinking. I have siblings who made millions practicing law who now have no problem doing away with the Rule of Law

  14. Callmelennie,

    So sorry Lennie. For a long time my “now very climate skeptic” sister swallowed the stuff she learned about climate in her honorary lasses she was taking while teaching… especially the ozone layer bull back when she was teaching science. I know she didn’t spew that crap to her students, but we argued about it like forever. She is a Trumpian now …all the way. Chin up. There is hope. 🙂

  15. Good idea(s).

    P.S. – I don’t recall reading anything here about Reboot’s passing. However, the posts go by pretty quickly nowadays, and it could have been one of the ones I miss when I am out of pocket for a couple of days, Internet-wise. Strange thing is, I could have sworn I saw a comment by him not that long ago, unless it was someone else with a similar screen name. Anyway, sorry to hear about him (belatedly).

    RIP, Reboot. * hand salute *

  16. This was one way to find out about MoeTom. I didn’t get to know Reboot and regret the error.

    Gosh. Was this post yet another reason to convince holdouts this is a great idea?

  17. Yes!

    I still mourn “Admin Girl”! She left way too soon! Got kid (living) born befor she was! He music was also good

  18. Oh yes. Please, please do this. Everyone needs a place to mourn when we lose a loved one and all of us pseudonimic (I don’t even know if that’s a word, but it stays) IOTW posters are no different. I probably open this site 20 times a day to see what’s happening and that’s 20 times a day I can smile when I see their names and send off a quick prayer for the repose of their souls.

  19. SFM 916
    OCTOBER 13, 2019 AT 10:36 PM
    “Yeah! I still want to know what happened to Bad Brad.”

    …read posts by “Lunatic Fringe”, and you may see the answer to your question…

  20. SNS,
    Thanks for the response but it sounds rather ominous. I’m just concerned because he had been a frequent contributor and I mostly enjoyed his commentary. Any way to narrow it down for relevant Lunatic Fringe posts. I read most posts and replies daily but don’t recall any that addressed my concerns. Thanks.

  21. @ BFH – maybe you can hook up with a small RELIGIOUS candle making company, kinda like that stained glass place in Staunton, VA. They can ADVERTISE here on your ‘glorious’ IOTW site. You win, they win, WE win.

    Winningly…putting together people who think alike.

    Put the above in the ‘non existent suggestions box’.

    Do they exist anymore??


  22. YES!

    I like the idea of having it on the sidebar, the name “Remembering UnMet Friends”, Brown Eyed Girl’s comment as intro, a short bio for each and a few of their comments that would highlight the kind of person they were.

    Also, the idea from Willysgoatgruff about a readers critter memorial on the sidebar.

    Now that we are having regional gatherings (with more to come) we are becoming more than friends. You all have been family when mine were far away. Now that I have my family near, you still are my family. I talk about you all the time. I don’t have to explain myself anymore. If I say joe6pak or forcibly deranged, etc. they know that you are my ‘virtual’ friends! You are as real to me as flesh and blood!


  23. @F4UCorsair: Thanks for the info. It must’ve happened when I was busy or out of town and didn’t get a chance to log on for a while. Once you’ve missed a couple of days, it’s hard to go back and catch up on all the previous posts, so I usually don’t try.

  24. Claudia, I’m proud to be used as an example of the iOTW’ers that are on your virtual friends list. You can be sure you’re on mine as well, along with a whole bunch more. Keep up the great work!

  25. Fur, et. al. I’m so very sorry to learn that Moe Tom didn’t make it. I always appreciated his wit and fire – like that of most others who post here. As many others said above, I too think of most here as REAL family with whom I can get along – family members I can choose rather than those I inherited. I think your idea is a great one


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