Perhaps it has become obvious to everyone but me, but since I’m one of the last ones out, I’ll start turning out the lights. R*IF is dead. Newsgroups have held on for a while due to the pull of the past, and having a large body of helpful searchable information, but the execrable spammers put the nails into the coffin. True, blog flight drew a large number of people out (especially people who were criticized heavily), and that, coupled with a spam-free alternative over at IntFiction.org proved useful, but R*IF could have survived if only it people were serious about eliminating spam.
I think it’s sad, but it’s also so pathetically predictable that the great watering hole for IF was simply abandoned. No-one took the fight to them; no-one complained enough to Google (though I marked spams as such in Google groups whenever I could); all the talk about moderating R*IF was in the end, just talk. The citadel is abandoned out of pure sloth. *shaking head* I’d like to say that I was surprised by this, but I’m not. This is TYPICAL IF fail.
Well, I suppose it’s too late when all you can do is survey the graveyard. Goodbye, RAIF. You gave me a lot of pain, but there were a few moments of helpfulness and joy. I’ll remember the latter and try to forget the former.