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Date: 01 Jul 2016 20:59
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…didn't someone else already make a thread like this?
The fact that people aren't particularly concerned about this is probably indicative of the answer.
This is a good question, and likely one that will be posed again as the years go by.
There really isn't any limit to what we can create with our imaginations and, with some good writing and execution, place under the name of the Foundation. So long as there are brains in our heads and a drive for creativity to go along with it, we will always be able to find something that sparks our interests that is new and intriguing. That one half of it.
The other half of it is the community's durability to survive major incidents. We've been through EditThis and the transition. We've been through Kondraki and Fishmonger, and many other resignations & signoffs. We've been through attacks on the site itself and the work people have done for it. We're a cohesive and cooperative community as well, with a staff and member base that consistently helps new site members hone their skills and develop their voices in writing.
We make mistakes, we learn, we adapt, and we grow, just like the Foundation itself. I know that sounds a bit cliche, but it's true. I don't see any reason why we wouldn't still be here ten years, or even in twenty, with the sole exception being the extermination of the entire human race. And if there's nobody active here by that time, somebody come on this thread and prove me wrong.
The site ahs already ended, several times. Deleted, destroyed, no one cared… and yet, here it is again, shiny and new, as if none of that ever happened.
The site persists. It abides.
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In strange aeons even 404 errors may be unfound?
Aye, and Site 19.
This thread's probably already achieved its purpose (a few joke answers and a serious one that addresses that we're still really active right now). However, I've got a few words to say:
Most artistic trends, most artistic communities, have, historically, died fairly quickly. In this age, one of disposable, quickly-consumed, find-and-forget online media, we've lasted just shy of ten years, which is probably better than some other online art communities (and yes, we are an online art community. Fictitious writing is art, whether you want to label yourself an artist or not). I have exactly zero doubt in my mind that, in the course of those 10 years, some of our members have died, and many more have turned away from the community. And, as a community, we've evolved, from a small niche of /x/-readers (is there a term for such?) to a massive, multimedia, multi-genre community of writers, musicians, a myriad of visual artists, cosplayers, gamers, programmers, and probably a ton of other things I'm too narrow-minded to list here.
If this site can be called an experiment, I'd say that experiment has been a success. This site will last in some capacity as long as there is a strong interest in our brand of fiction. Good work, team.
The site will run its course in its allotted time, whenever that may be. For everyone on the site that wants to go further in their art, there will always be the next thing. All things must pass.
Might not ever truely die- the Cthulu mythos has been through several popularity booms going on almost a century now, Sherlock Holmes and Rymer's take on vampires have been getting both officially sanctioned and unofficial installments for even longer. The Thieves World and Wild Cards collaborations have been running off and on since the 80's, and there are a number of shared universes from pulp magazines that lasted for decades and still see occasional revivals and tributes. Heck, the Roadside Picnic verse pretty much launched an entire subgenre of Sci Fi Horror that we've taken more than a little inspiration from here. It's hard to completely kill something that really grabs people's imaginations.
On the most technical level, the site will last as long as the Internet is still a thing. If the current Internet is gone and there is no means to transfer stuff to any new platform, all that the site is will be but dust.
I suspect Wikidot will be obsolete or otherwise vanish long before there isn't anything called "Internet".
Actually this site will exist until either FritzWillie returns somehow and deletes it, or Wikidot itself shuts down.
It would survive Wikidot's demise - we'd move en masse to a new hosting service.