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After a good, long run, we have decided to close our forums in an effort to refocus attention to other sections of the site. Fortunately for you all, we're living in a time where discussion of a favorite topic now has a lot of homes. So we encourage you all to bring your ravenous love for discussion to Chuck's official Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. And, as always, you can still post comments on all News updates. Thank you for your loyalty and passion over the years. These changes will happen June 1.

There is only [url=http://www.chuckpalahniuk.net/about/dennis.php][b]one person[/B][/url] who was never new, the rest of us have embarrassing moments of our first days on The Cult that are worth sharing.

Long ago, I was asshatted by the inimitable Ms. [url=http://www.chuckpalahniuk.net/community/member.php?u=5692]Fullmetalbrak[.... I forget both what I said, and what she said back. But, I'm sure I made a goofy-ass comment, and she was smart, snappy, and sassy as ever.

[url=http://www.chuckpalahniuk.net/community/member.php?u=1595]Fino35[/url] quickly responded to the situation, writing the words

[SIZE=7][B]PWNED!!!!111[/B][/SIZE]

in the biggest goddamned font size I ever saw. [I]Holy shit![/I] I thought. You can change font size? I never knew you could change font size. I also had no idea what the word "pwned" meant. So, I played the only card I had, which was to post a half-assed retort along the lines of "you guys are internet nerds, this inside joke is for geeks."

At which point, yet another member did a cool text link in their post -- another feature i had had never seen -- saying that in point of fact, "pwned" is a familair part of the growing internet [url=http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=pwn&r=f]lexicon[/url].

Logging off in disgust, I vowed to never return to a website where people were so vile, so cruel, so willing to gang up on new people.

About fifteen minutes later, I logged back in. That was a year ago.

These days, I get a few good licks in -- occasionally -- but Brak, Fino, and others still get more than their share of "ownership."

It's a good time, I wouldn't miss it. :D