The Dollhouse Official Off-Topic Thread is the place to be for some light, friendly, off-topic conversation. It's a great way to meet new people, let off steam, and interact a bit more personally within the Dollhouse fanbase.
This thread, on the other hand... is bit more niche. Like a "Monkeys Who Eat Cereal" club. This thread is a testament both to the ability to develop a close group of friends from around the world via the wonders of modern technology, and to TV.com's commitment to a strong, active (no pun intended) community.
The Dollhouse off-topic thread was caught in a whirlwind. There were 10-15 users all actively talking in it each and every day. Naturally, after enough time of this, a few inside jokes developed, and the post count went higher... and higher... and higher. It had gotten to the point where "it would hit critical mass in another week or so and collapse into a singularity." This was great for a little TV.com community between the users who participated, but worries arose that it was intimidating to the average user. In such an immense and rapidly-flowing river of posts, a user new to the thread might have looked at it and felt going in would be like a baby bird leaping from its nest to fly for the first time... in a thundering hailstorm.
While doing our best to be inviting, perhaps the post count and rapid pace overrode that, which was certainly never an intention. This thread was the solution. A place where the more tight, established TV.com Dollhouse community could continue their socializing as they enjoyed it, without twisting the Dollhouse Official Off-Topic Thread into something it wasn't quite meant to be. This thread is faster and a bit more insane, so if that suits you, feel free to join in. Now the Dollhouse Official Off-Topic Thread can be the relaxed meeting place of fans it was meant to be, without the death of the close-knit community it created.
Now, you may find that you still have a few questions. Given that the thread itself has been explained, the remaining question might be: What on Earth is up with the name? The "All Your Secret Base Are Belong To Us" part is in tribute to the way this thread came to be. It was decided that the Dollhouse Official Off-Topic Thread was being used by the 10-15 users who frequented it as a "secret base" thread (albeit unintentionally), as the daunting post count and pace seemed to create in its wake exclusivity. TV.com user ___Mr_Nasty___ suggested the current thread name based on, well, the reason the thread is here.
"LPW" is an acronym adopted from the LPW threads on the TV.com forum for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. LPW stands for "Last Post Wins", the first of the LPWs having been started when threads would automatically lock at 500 posts, the point having been to get the 500th. It seemed an appropriate acronym to carry over to this new thread, as we hope these threads do have last posts that give way to new incarnations of the threads, so as to never become quite the handful the original Dollhouse Official Off-Topic Thread did. The first LPW having been started back in 2005 as a throwaway topic, it took off surprisingly and really became something. Is a cave not a deformity in a mountainside until some creature takes it and makes it home? With a new and hopefully good meaning imbued into what an LPW is, the Dollhouse forum now welcomes its first.
Once again, may I say that any user who feels the desire to post here is welcome and encouraged to do so.
And now, let the Dollhouse LPW commence.
Edited on 05/28/2009 10:28pm