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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 10:49 AM
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Another Q for those approaching 10 years at DU - were you a member of the invite-only forum at DU
Edited on Mon Jan-03-11 10:49 AM by LynneSin
Talk about the original DU clique. This was a pre-cursor to the DU Lounge. But they had a forum called 'democratic underground' and you could only post in that area if you were invited. To get invited you had to send a request to the admins and even then you probably will get rejected at first. I got in the 2nd time but only after making a $10 donation to DU.

Eventually Skinner and EarlG closed it down because somehow freepers managed to get an invite into the area and were posting our comments over at the free republic.
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Parche Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 10:50 AM
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1. 2002/2003 for me
:hi:
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JanMichael Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 10:51 AM
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2. Do you remember when....I can't remember why....W.Pitt wrote "Everyone underground now!"
I think it had something to do with some ugly internet conservative trolls...but, I can't even remember their names now-
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 11:46 AM
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17. There was a mole in the Underground posting our comments on FR
That was the end of the Underground forum.
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JanMichael Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 12:17 PM
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28. That's right! I do remember that now.....I just remember your post--
Does your laptop still have a bumper sticker that says "this machine kills facists?"
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 12:22 PM
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29. Nope
But the tattoo on my back does. In big block letters.
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JanMichael Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 12:28 PM
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30. Heh! Well, good to "talk to you" today....I miss the old DUers..even those that argued
all the time...in fact I miss them the most: NSMA, Zomby, Matcom..that whole group. I am not even going to mention those that we have lost ( :( )...but, I do think about Keph often.
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 12:31 PM
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32. Me too.
:(
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 10:53 AM
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3. I came the day we invaded Iraq in 2003.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 10:55 AM
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4. I wasn't invited.
Then again - not even my family invites to anything.
And they even say they like me.
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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 11:00 AM
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5. Got here after the lounge existed.... and when I heard references to the forum
I thought it was local myth. Who knew?
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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 11:02 AM
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6. I joined in March of 01
and (I think) the Lounge was already here. Would that be correct?
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prolesunited Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 11:03 AM
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7. No invite for me
but I lurked for quite awhile and then got booted for saying something negative about Clinton's start of "free speech" zones.
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Dennis Donovan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 11:05 AM
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8. i rolled in march 2002
Iirc the lounge was open by then
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bluedeminredstate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 11:08 AM
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9. I remember!
I came in the spring of '01 and remember all the threads about Daddy Bush. Wasn't there a forum called "The Dirt"? Unfortunately, I was never invited to the special club. Was it called "The Basement"?

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Blaukraut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 11:50 AM
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20. The Dirt forum
A poster named Kali was the main contributor there. Every conspiracy about the BFEE I learned in that forum from Kali. There's another DUer named Kali around now, but I'm not sure if it's the same one or not.
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 11:11 AM
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10. Yes. I think I got in because I was a mod in Bartcop's forum.
I remember sending them some tips on dealing with freeps.

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Missy Vixen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 11:17 AM
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11. I don't think I was ever invited
I don't get invited.

I'll get over it. ;-)
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 11:19 AM
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12. I would never participate in an invite-only forum that would have me as a member
So, no.
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Xithras Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 11:20 AM
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13. Hrm. I've been here since 2001 and don't remember that.
There was an invite-only forum and I wasn't invited? I feel so rejected :(
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bowens43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 11:26 AM
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14. Joined in 2001 and no....... should I be sad? nt
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On the Road Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 11:28 AM
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15. I Joined in February 2001
But that forum is news to me. Don't remember ever hearing about it -- must not be one of the in crowd.
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eugeneliberal Donating Member (106 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 11:38 AM
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16. I joined in 2003
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 11:48 AM
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18. Yup
It was necessary at the time. We would organize to gang-destroy the legions of Freeper-disruptors who made it their mission to bring this place down.

But then it became a place for cliques to organize attacks on fellow DUers they didn't like or disagreed with.

It was a good day when that forum closed, but it had its purposes back in the day.
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Joe Fields Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 11:57 AM
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22. I don't remember you posting much, back then.
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 12:15 PM
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27. I joined in May of '01.
I don't think the Basement lasted more than a few months after that.

This was my first DU article:

http://upload.democraticunderground.com/articles/01/05/...
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GalleryGod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 12:30 PM
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31. I Remember that Article!
Fondly. :pals:
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jaysunb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 11:49 AM
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19. I remember it, but not
that you had to be invited. :shrug:
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 12:04 PM
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24. you had to ask for the invitation
It was almost 10 years ago so my mind is a bit faulty
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Joe Fields Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 11:55 AM
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21. What are you insinuating?
That you are better, more exclusive than the rest of us?

I found DU in 2001, but didn't actually join in 2002. I have been banned once, under my original name, and ended up using my real name in 2003.

So,does that make you better, wiser , more accepted than me?

What is the point of this thread?
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Desertrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 12:00 PM
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23. Joined Jan '01...must have missed that somehow.
I blocked a lot of the early Bush years out of my mind. Also was the time my Mom had cancer & was flying back to the east coast a lot.....
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 12:08 PM
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25. I joined a little later
But not by much later... When I came the Lounge was already up there.
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murielm99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 12:09 PM
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26. I started coming here in 2002.
I only went to the front page and LBN. I did not think I knew enough to post here, which was really not true. Anyway, I did not join formally and start contributing thoughts and money until 2003. I have learned a lot here, but I am not stupider than anyone here. The stupid is over at FR.
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GalleryGod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 12:31 PM
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33. Thanks for the Memory-Jolt, Lynne!
:grouphug:
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