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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 01:50 PM

DU is 20 years old today! (January 20, 2001 - January 20, 2021)

Hard to believe it's been exactly 20 years since Skinner and I painted "DemocraticUnderground.com" on a banner and took it down to George W. Bush's first inauguration, but here we are. Thank you to all of you who continue to support and enjoy DU, we're glad to have you here.



To be honest with you, I have not spent a lot of time recently reminiscing about the past 20 years. After one insurrection, two impeachments, and four disastrous years of Trump -- the last of which has been spent mostly quarantined thanks to an uncontrolled pandemic -- my preference is to look ahead to the future.

So with the Orange Menace finally in the rear view mirror, and as we welcome in the new Biden Administration, I thought that rather than look backwards, I'd share with you some things that are coming to DU in 2021.

1. Anniversaries and Milestones

Those of you who registered between 2001 and mid-2003 will know that we lost your original join date when we switched from DU1 to DU2. However, after digging about in the database, and using a bit of math, Elad has been able to assign you an approximate join date. Please understand that while it may not be exactly exact, it is certainly within 3 or 4 days. So it either is your actual join date, or really close to it. We hope that will do.

Part of the reason we did this is because we'll soon be starting a new daily thread in the Lounge to acknowledge the anniversaries and posting milestones of active DU members. We were hoping to have this ready for today but it required some programming and we ran out of testing time -- but look out for it very soon. If you are a member who joined sometime between 2001 and mid-2003, your join date will be updated when we launch this new feature.

2. The Annual Hearts Fund Drive

The much-loved Valentine's week fund drive will return as usual this year -- support DU and spread the love to your fellow DUers! This year we plan to run the fund drive from the evening of Sunday February 7 thru the morning of Monday February 15.

3. Name Change Amnesty

It's been quite a while since the last time we did one of these -- in fact it was all the way back in 2008. But since another Republican president has just left office and there are probably quite a few members who might want to get rid of their Trump-era usernames, it's time for a name change amnesty. On or around February 15 we'll be starting a 30 day period where all DU members will be given the opportunity to change their username, without affecting post count or previous posts. More details will be posted nearer the time.

4. Counterproductive Infighting!

DU members who have been around since 2008 will likely know what we're in for during the Biden Administration. Once the euphoria of Trump's departure has worn off, we'll have at least two years ahead of a Democratic House, Senate, and White House -- which is great for the country but not always so great for unity on DU. The fact is, you should prepare yourselves now for a certain amount of disunity going forward, as everyone comes to grips with their differing levels of appreciation for what the Democrats are doing in Washington DC.

I do not expect things to get as unpleasant as they did during the Obama years, mainly because we significantly overhauled the Jury system back in 2016 -- and I believe that the 2019/20 Democratic Primaries were proof that we can all (mostly) get along even while disagreeing vehemently. Nevertheless, I would like to warn you of this inevitable truth: You will suddenly find out that DUers you got along with really well over the past four years have different ideas than you do about how Democrats should run the country. Please set your expectations accordingly, but also remember that if you can express your differences politely, you should not have a problem.

5. The Future...

Elad and I do have a couple of bigger changes in the works, although given that there are just two Admins now, these may take a while to come to fruition. First is something that I've wanted to get to grips with for a long time -- a reorganization of the forums/groups on DU. We have a lot of groups which are barely used, and I think the time has come for a bit of a cleanup. The plan is to remove some of the barely-used/outdated groups, and combine others together where it would make sense to do so. We will discuss this with you in more detail before we make any changes.

After that (or possibly before that, depending on what happens), we think it would be nice to give DU a fresh coat of paint. The current design has served us well for the past 10 years, but it is starting to show its age. This won't be a massive, total rewrite of the software, which we did when we moved from DU2 to DU3, but will be more focused on quality-of-life improvements to the site -- better navigation, easier to read, faster loading, a better mobile version, etc. We might even be able to sneak in some new features while we're at it. And don't worry, this isn't some kind of sell-out -- it will still be the DU you know and love, only even more awesome.

Again, we'll have plenty of discussions with you about it before we get there -- and this is something that will take quite some time to pull off so don't expect to see DU4 any time soon. But I wanted to let you know what we had in mind going forward.

Thanks for reading, and thanks for being here -- and here's to the next 20 years!

-- EarlG and Elad

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Reply DU is 20 years old today! (January 20, 2001 - January 20, 2021) (Original post)
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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 01:51 PM

1. Happy Birthday, DU! And thank you for everything you do.

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 01:51 PM

2. To and For Better Days...

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 01:51 PM

3. Happy Birthday, DU!!!

I wasn't around in the beginning, but it was a great day when I found you. DU has been a lifeline to someone who lives in a deep red state. Keep up the good work.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 01:52 PM

4. Happy birthday DU!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 01:52 PM

5. Happy birthday!

This past primary season was a walk in the park compared to other years.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 01:52 PM

6. CONGRATS

AND HERE'S TO ANOTHER 20!!!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 01:53 PM

7. happy birthday DU

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 01:54 PM

8. That is mind blowing

Congratulations! What a crazy two decades.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 01:55 PM

9. Happy Birthday!

Joined in Oct 2012...I was concerned about the election, was called a "concern troll", but found some resources on DU with links to volunteer opportunities for the Obama campaign.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 01:55 PM

10. !





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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 01:55 PM

11. Happy Birthday DU,

And you know what that means, next January DU will be old enough to drink!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 01:55 PM

12. Happy Birthday EarlG and Elad - I love this forum

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 01:55 PM

13. Happy Birthday, DU!



Thank you for twenty amazing years, EarlG!

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 01:56 PM

14. Thanks so much for being my refuge for 17 years!

As a birthday present I give you Joe Biden and Kamala Harris!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 01:58 PM

15. Happy birthday

I joined in 2003 when fervor was building up to invade Iraq. Found it to be a refuge ever since.

Yes I do remember the mess in 2016. Seems perhaps a lot of those people were sock puppets but it was perhaps the only trying time here.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 01:59 PM

16. Happy Birthday, DU! And many thanks to you both, EarlG and Elad, for all your hard work!

I didn't join till 2005, but I only had gotten my very first computer in 2004, so there's that.

After wandering through the bewildering WWW for awhile, I ran across DU.....and the rest is history.

I love this place. It's my electronic home!

Here's to many more historic years for DU!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 01:59 PM

17. Happy birthday! And again, thank you for this forum!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:00 PM

18. 20 years, damn ...

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:01 PM

19. Happening Birthday.

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:03 PM

20. Kick

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:03 PM

21. Congrats, thanks - DU is literally an existential reality for me. As for the future,

I can only say what I said going from DU1 to 2: Fine, but don't fix the parts (most of it) that ain't broke, especially the format.






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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:03 PM

22. Happy Birthday and thank you for all you do that keeps me sane!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:04 PM

23. Thanks for everything, EarlG, Elad, (and Skinner)!!

You and DU and the gang have been a source of refuge and sanity for me all these years!
(joined up in March 2002)

Cheers! Yours in Awe,
"DinahMoeHum"


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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:05 PM

24. Thanks EarlG and Elad!! and

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DU!!!

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:06 PM

25. Happy birthday, thank you, and a shout...

...to Bartcop without whom I probably never would have found this site. Hope he's enjoying a shot of Anejo in his little slice of heaven.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:07 PM

26. Yay!!! DU is a national treasure.

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:08 PM

27. Congratulations!

Thank you for being there in our time of trouble and in our times of happiness.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:08 PM

28. Congratulations!!! And thank you for continuing this great place!!

I look forward to seeing when y'all have me listed as coming here...I know it was before 9/11, probably mid-summer of 2001, IIRC. Back when I was a redhead....

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:14 PM

29. Happy Birthday to the whole DU family.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:15 PM

30. Re: "fresh coat of paint" -- I hope the commentary remains the primary focus, not decoration.

Thank you for creating and maintaining such a wonderful place!

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:16 PM

31. Happy Anniversary DU! I think 2020 was its best (contested on the Dem side) election year

ie probably the least amount of nasty infighting, and almost certainly the best pulling-together after the primaries.

Here's hoping the maturity that DU shows will prove attractive to independents, and swell the numbers of both the site and Democratic support.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:20 PM

32. Happy Birthday to us.

It's been a privilege to be here since 2001.

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:23 PM

33. ❤ nt

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:26 PM

34. Happy Birthday DU and thanks for founding this great site!

I appreciate the list of things coming, especially the admonition against infighting.
Thanks EarlG, Elad, and Skinner.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:30 PM

35. Happy Birthday!

I absolutely love that DU's 20th anniversary takes place on the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris, a day that ends with the Democrats holding the Presidency, the Senate and the House. Good omens for what is to come!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:31 PM

36. A very Happy Birthday DU

I've been here since pretty much the beginning, although I've never been much of a poster,

But it's rarely a day that doesn't go by without being here.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:32 PM

37. Congrats!!

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:32 PM

38. Happy birthday DU! .... You don't look a day over 19!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:45 PM

39. Happy Birthday to the Democrats' CyberSanctuary and antidote to political insanity

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:47 PM

40. 🥰🥰🥰🥰

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:48 PM

41. GW Bush pushed me to DU in 2001...

Have been here since.

Before that it was Democracy Now on Saturday morning radio.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:49 PM

42. 🎈🎂🎁🍾

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:53 PM

43. Thank you both (and Skinner) for all the magnificence of this site. Especially...

...the jury system.

It works great!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:55 PM

44. Some days I'm here for hours.



You guys do a great job.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 03:03 PM

45. Don't know if I should change my username. Need to think about it.

Looking forward to seeing my join date.

Agree that there needs to be some cleanup with groups.

Yes, it will be a difficult time with disagreements about what the new administration is doing or not doing. What we all need to keep in mind is that it won't happen overnite and there are procedures and laws that must be followed. And Republicans will still be major stumbling blocks.

I hope there isn't too much change otherwise. Too many changed their websites for the bad. It seems they focused more on mobile which in my opinion is not very navigable. It requires too much scrolling. I want to find the content I'm looking for without wasting time. I hope you know what I am talking about.

This version imo is easy to read and does load fast. At least on my desktop computer. I do all my browser stuff on my computer. Only FB, some Twitter and apps on my cellphone.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 03:04 PM

46. A simple white sign

While watching the GWB inaugural parade, a simple white sign that said “democraticunderground.com” was held up in front of the camera....without blocking the view.
Thank you for all the years you have given us.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 03:07 PM

47. Happy Birthday and Thank You! . . . . nt

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 03:08 PM

48. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DU!!

And more thanks than you can imagine to EarlG and Elad, (and Skinner,) for creating the best Democratic website on the internet.

Happy birthday to all of us. This is a great community. We are very lucky!



(DU has aged a lot better than I have in the last 20 years. Why is that?)

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 03:10 PM

49. Happy Birthday!

Been here since the early days.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 03:18 PM

50. Joyeux Anniversaire Democratique :)

Happy Birthday y'All

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 03:28 PM

51. Happy Birthday, DU!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 03:44 PM

52. Happy Birthday, DU!

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 03:51 PM

53. Happy Birthday

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 03:53 PM

54. Happy Birthday, DemocraticUnderground!

Truth Machine celebrates 20 years of operations.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 03:53 PM

55. Class of 2001 checking in..

Happy Birthday all!

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Response to denbot (Reply #55)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 04:50 PM

75. Feb 2001 here. Happy Birthday 🎂 DU!

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Response to SammyWinstonJack (Reply #75)

Wed Jan 27, 2021, 01:23 PM

130. Me too. :) nt

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Response to denbot (Reply #55)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 12:21 PM

118. I'm actually from 2001 too, but

I had to take a multiple year hiatus because I didn't have a computer, and when I finally got back on my feet I couldn't remember my password. So I made a new account. Couldn't get my original username, Chelle, because it was already in use (by me, of course.) But I remember those days.

I use DU every day, but since I'm 99% reader, and 1% poster, even if they could find my original account it would probably only double my post count.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 03:56 PM

56. Happy Birthday,DU!!!🎉🎉🎉💙💙

Thank you, EarlG and Elad. You all rock!

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 03:57 PM

57. Happy Birthday DU

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 03:58 PM

58. I came back to say a gigantic THANK YOU!

Thank you to EarlG, Elad, and Skinner for starting this website 20years ago today, and another gigantic THANK YOU for maintaining it all this time. I know that Skinner has moved on, but you guys SO ROCK for all that you have done and are doing. Look where your inspiration has taken us all. I also want to thank all the great people who post on DU. You folks are my rock and my sanity. Bless and thank all of you. Huge hugs!!!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 03:58 PM

59. Perfect day for DU's birthday!

Happy 20 anniversary! Thank you!!
Very grateful for DU!
Cheers!!!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 03:59 PM

60. Thank you for my sanity in these times ;-) thank you for everything you do!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 03:59 PM

61. Happy birthday DU! ...about that "fresh coat of paint": Can we revamp the smilies?

pretty please??

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 04:00 PM

62. Sorry 21 is 21 so come back in a year!

AND GET OFF MY LAWN!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 04:06 PM

63. Glad to wish you & the site Happy Birthday, EarlG and Elad. Love is effort. Thank you for all of it.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 04:06 PM

64. Happy Birthday DU. Don't know how I would have stayed sane the last 17 years without you.

This place has been a source of comfort, enlightenment, joy and even anger for 17 years. I can't imagine my life without it.

Thank You EarlG, Elad and Skinner.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 04:09 PM

65. Happy Birthday, DU. To much better times! Thank all of you for being here.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 04:12 PM

66. Thank you very much EarlG and Elad for your time, effort, and

commitment and giving us an internet home.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 04:16 PM

67. I was here then.

Signed up immediately. Got me through some tough years under Dubya.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 04:17 PM

68. Time to upgrade this prehistoric forum software!

So we can have real conversations!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 04:20 PM

69. One more year until legal drinking!

 

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 04:26 PM

70. K&R.

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 04:34 PM

71. 😍 nt

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 04:34 PM

72. Congratulations! It would be good to add forums for COVID-19 and Alzheimer's/dementia

when you do those future changes.

It's hard to believe how many years have passed. I've been here since the early part of the Bush administration, when DA was a lifeline to sanity -- and still is

Thanks for all of your efforts.

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 04:37 PM

73. What a long, strange trip is has truly been.

No words can express the value of this site over the years, though.

Words are the medium, ain't it strange how challenging their inadequacy can seem?

What I would express if I could, it's all gratitude though.

appreciatively,
Bright

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 04:44 PM

74. Happy birthday DU

Thank you for being who you are and all the wonderful years , I love DU

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 04:59 PM

76. And on a great DU day!

Sounds good! Thank you and dear AJ and Sequoyah for turning me on to it nine years ago.

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 05:13 PM

77. There will be NO disunity.

We've just finished four of the worst years in recorded history, so we all see where disunity gets us.

If there's any disunity, old Serge is going to pay you a visit. For those of you who aren't aware of Serge Storms' unique ways of getting your attention, well...... 🤯

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 05:16 PM

78. Yay! Congratulations on 20 years!

That's as long as I have been married!

All of your ideas sound great, thanks for all you do!

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 05:26 PM

79. Happy Birthday DU

Very nice post, EarlG. Thank you for everything.

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 05:57 PM

80. Happy Birthday /nt

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 06:03 PM

81. Thanks for the updates... and the past 20 years, man!

 

You guys have really seemed tuned into keeping DU's formatting and fresh and clean, and I look forward to any changes you guys make.

Give yourselves a pat on the back for one of the web's premier discussion sites for Democrats! Great work!

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 06:14 PM

82. I've been here since the beginning. Happy birthday, DU!

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 06:17 PM

83. Holy crap... DU3 is 10 already...

Seems like just yesterday I put up the review on DU2 for the beta test... Damn, where does the time go?

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 06:18 PM

84. Been reading since summer 2001.

I was only 17 and had just awoken to the fact that I was a liberal.

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 06:23 PM

85. Can I Have My Original Handle Back from 2001 AND post count from that account?

I've been here for 20 years, but was under another handle originally.

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 06:26 PM

86. Thank you, DU!!

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 06:39 PM

87. Happy anniversary

Now a question. During the big hack in '16 I lost my username and everything. Ok I decided to just stop fighting it and enter in another username. Just wondering if there's any way I could get my old username back. You see, I am bluzmann57. I joined in about 2002 or '03 I think. Thanks. And even if I can't get bluzmann57 back, it doesn't matter I guess. I like it in here.

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 07:45 PM

88. It's been an Honor

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 07:54 PM

89. Happy birthday,

To my most beloved trusted website ...

You have my heartfelt appreciation

Thank you for giving me a virtual home for 20 years

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 08:03 PM

90. I joined in 2002

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 08:07 PM

91. Congratulations! And thanks!

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 08:07 PM

92. Happy birthday and thank you

My refuge since 2004.

I don't post much but I am here every day.

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 09:41 PM

93. Thank you, DU

Thank you so much DU.........you have helped all of us stay sane during the last insane 4 years. I really appreciate you guys and gals!!!

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 09:52 PM

94. Happy Birthday DU... so happy to be here...

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 10:01 PM

95. I first heard of DU back in 2004 when I was a member of the Kerry/Edwards forum

People would often post links back to posts here.

After the election of 2004, my interest politics subsided until the 2008 primary and that's when I joined DU.

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 11:43 PM

96. Huzzahs are in order!

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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 11:50 PM

97. wow - not only do I get a new president for my birthday, but all of these things to look forward to

on DU!

What....A....DAY!

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Thu Jan 21, 2021, 12:13 AM

98. Thank you

I lurked for several years before joining in 2005. I don’t post all that often but this site has helped keep me sane during challenging times — the “top ten idiots” feature was an early highlight (humor being a necessary survival tool). More importantly, I have appreciated the exchange of ideas and opinions — and the collective effort to work for positive change.

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Thu Jan 21, 2021, 01:16 AM

99. I'm looking forward to stepping into the future with you all.

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Thu Jan 21, 2021, 01:21 AM

100. Happy birthday. The best is yet to come.

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Thu Jan 21, 2021, 01:37 AM

101. Happy Birthday DU!

I've been about since 2001 however underwent a screen name change. Been here since the GW Bush debacle where FL was stolen from Al Gore.

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Thu Jan 21, 2021, 01:40 AM

102. My gawd I feel old!!

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Thu Jan 21, 2021, 01:52 AM

103. Happy Birthday, DU!

I have been here almost since the beginning and I don't know what I would do without you!

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Thu Jan 21, 2021, 02:09 AM

104. I'm an OG DUer

Been here since the beginning. Even though I’m not very active here these days, it’s been a pleasure being along cor the ride.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 02:12 AM

105. My island of sanity.

I have been here for quite a few of those twenty (under a couple of other names). It has been quite a ride and I loved it.

I learn so much from all of you.

Cheers

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Thu Jan 21, 2021, 02:14 AM

106. Oh damn, I missed this by 14 minutes but

HAPPY LATE BIRTHDAY

Couldn’t make it without DU, PERIOD!!!!

Thanks so much, EarlG and Elad ❤️

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Thu Jan 21, 2021, 03:48 AM

107. Proud to be here for 12 of those 20 years!!!


There is no place like DU!!!

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Thu Jan 21, 2021, 04:05 AM

108. So happy I finally took a friend's advice and came here in mid-2002....

I felt completely gaslighted by the MSM before I came here — because what I knew to be true was simply not being reported. I had been marching in the streets of our town with numbers that increased every week — and I knew we could not possibly be the only people doing this.

I showed up at DU and found my first and only online community. Even when we fight, this is home.

Thank you, EarlG.

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Thu Jan 21, 2021, 04:45 AM

109. Happy Birthday and Thank you!

Enjoy this site so much!

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Thu Jan 21, 2021, 05:24 AM

111. Happy Geburtstag!

I was not here at the Genisis, but I have been here since 2006, when I decided to look around for a few blogs to hang out at. Where I joined a few, I found DU to be the most user friendly for someone who was computer-ignorant. In addition, I had the same job then as I have now, which means my schedule took me to a different country every day, and didn't leave time to figure out intricacies on my own.

So I stuck around. Once, things got so caustic that I dropped out for six months for a period where a group of what I considered to be fanatics aimed at taking over the place with the purpose of making it a "one party state," so to speak, seemed to rule the place. But things didn't go their way, and they, predictably, melted away and vanished, as the fanatics on DU eventually always do.

There will always be some attrition. Some people's interest will die, or they will. We are not immortal. The Grim Reaper made an appointment with me for April 29th, 2004, and he is still probably wondering where the hell I escaped to. I didn't go to Samarkand, and so we missed connections. Other friends of mine were not so fortunate. Some were well-known (e.g. Theo Bikel, Stan Lee, Adrian Cronauer), one was well-known to DU (Helen Thomas). All except Adrian made it past the age of 90, and could at least depart knowing they had made a huge difference in this world, something I will not be able to claim.

But the initiators of DU will at least be able to know that they made an impact in the lives of thousands over the years. Those who carry on will be able to claim at least that and more. The forum may smaller in stature than some, but it seems to attract just as wide a span of attention as some of the "bigger" blogs. That is no small achievement. I have heard that some of the right wing blogs call us "DUmmies." Good. That means we are a thorn in their side, and one that stings. That's how it should be. We'll know we're losing it when they can no longer be bothered to trash us.

Let's keep on stinging.

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Thu Jan 21, 2021, 06:58 AM

112. Happy Birthday, DU...

Home Sweet Internet Home.

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Thu Jan 21, 2021, 09:17 AM

113. DU is my first stop and last stop each day...

... I've been here since the early days when i was trying to understand Bush/Gore: delighted to find I wasn't crazy, but there were others 'like me'. Since those early days, I've yelled at various posts, laughed at some, nearly cried from others, stop and rethought my position because of some and even found a couple recipes to make dinner more exciting. I feel like I know some of you, and delight at the quality for the posts.

May DU be the solid resource for all; and I'm so very, very thankful to you from making life better.

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Thu Jan 21, 2021, 09:27 AM

114. Congratulations! Thank you EarlG & Elad & Skinner too! DU is my online home.

I lurked for several years before joining as a member right before the 2004 elections.
Looking back, I don’t exactly remember how I got here, but it was probably through Bartcop.

Happy Birthday to DU, the best progressive discussion forum on the web! 🎊🎈🎉

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Thu Jan 21, 2021, 11:42 AM

115. must tell you

I never was much of a student until I learned to take good notes in college. I learned that by writing info down on legal pads in a visually orderly fashion, i could retain a great deal in the files of my brain.
Decades later, with arthritis so bad a pen is hard to deal with, I turned to computer devices and started taking notes using WORD.

Being a political person since about age 7, I yearned to find a better place to share. I also had been lurking at DU because I noticed like minded beings looking for similar answers and compelling feedback. I also found that my first posts presented me with mentors who were eager to help me navigate the site. I am more of an artist than a politician. Having a place like DU where I can mix memes with text and save links that might make good historical references helps me to process the world around me.

This might all seem feeble or lame to some. But for someone like me whose brain is just full all the time -with an appetite for info that is pretty constant when I am awake - DU has been a lifeline and an incredible filing tool.

thank you EarlG & Elad
peace,
kp

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Thu Jan 21, 2021, 11:53 AM

116. Thank you so very much and happy birthday.

I remember! I lurked from 1 minute after I saw the banner on Cspan.
You folks helped the country heal. Aloha.

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Thu Jan 21, 2021, 12:08 PM

117. Thank you so very much for Democratic Underground.

For me, it is an oasis of sanity among many crazies.

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Thu Jan 21, 2021, 12:33 PM

119. Thank you for all you guys do. DU has kept me sane since the "W" years.

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Thu Jan 21, 2021, 12:34 PM

120. What a glorious day for an anniversary!

I've been here since the beginning when GWB was selected (not elected) via the GOP's dirty tricks and the complicit members of the Supreme Court. I was so upset and angry during the eight Bush years and when Obama was elected president, I cried tears of joy. For the next eight years, I wasn't on DU that much because I didn't have to worry as much as before.

When the 2016 election was stolen via the GOP, Russian interference, gerrymandering, etc., etc., I came back here and have checked in every day and several times a day to see what fresh hell this monster and his minions had unleashed on us.

I was beyond happy yesterday when Biden and Harris were sworn in. Thank God we have the good guys in charge again. I have such a sense of hope and relief now, and I still plan on checking in on DU every day. But this time, it'll be to see what good things they've done and what horrible things they've prevented or stopped. Thank you, DU, for always being there for us.

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Thu Jan 21, 2021, 01:13 PM

121. Telling everyone what's coming is a class act.

Word of Caution: We've come to expect that.

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Thu Jan 21, 2021, 02:07 PM

122. Happy Birthday DU

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Thu Jan 21, 2021, 02:10 PM

123. Happy Birthday DU

Although I don't post often, I've been here since the days of the Smirking Chimp ( the website that referred me to DU). Wow, 20 years...

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 11:33 PM

124. Lot of good sounding plans for the future . . .

and good of you to warn the unsuspecting of the common storms.

Thanks.

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Fri Jan 22, 2021, 04:14 PM

125. 20 years!

I can't believe it

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Fri Jan 22, 2021, 05:52 PM

126. Happy Birthday, DU!

You all helped me through some dark times in red state hell. This election my state flipped to blue (!) but we still have lots of work to do.

Thanks for being there and cheers to many more years to come!

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Sun Jan 24, 2021, 11:49 AM

127. Happy Birthday, DU!

I joined a few weeks after September 11, 2001.

I'm thinking of changing my name to Covid_Rapunzel. I'm isolated and my hair is really long

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Mon Jan 25, 2021, 07:27 PM

128. Belated Happy Birthday

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Mon Jan 25, 2021, 07:29 PM

129. Happy Birthday, DU! I've been here for 17 of the 20 years of it

and it's saved my sanity!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Feb 3, 2021, 01:54 PM

131. Happy Belated 20 Years Anniversary ! Any plans to bring back the Grovelbot ?



I know some of us got a kick out of him during fundraising times. Your other plans sound great.

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Sat Feb 6, 2021, 10:17 AM

132. Congrats.

 

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