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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:31 PM

So Long, and Thanks for All the (Swedish) Fish

A few weeks ago I sold Democratic Underground. The new owner is EarlG (also known as Dave Allsopp), a long-time DU Administrator and co-founder who has been a part of this community since the very beginning. He knows DU as well as I do -- probably better. He is a decent, loyal, trustworthy human being, and he is a great friend to me. If you take away one thing from this announcement, it is this:

Democratic Underground will be fine.

But I hope you understand that for EarlG, purchasing this website was not without risk. He had to take on a fairly significant amount of debt while we are in the middle of a global pandemic *and* an economic downturn. In my final act as a DU administrator, I have been working to organize a summer DU fund drive to smooth the transition to new ownership and help ease some of the financial burden. When the fund drive begins next week, I hope you will become a DU Star Member and GIVE GENEROUSLY.

Iíve been agonizing over what else to say to all of you about this. Moving on from DU is kind of a huge deal in my life -- after all, Iíve spent nearly two decades running this website -- and I feel like I am supposed to be passing along some nugget of wisdom to all of you that lives up to the enormity of this moment for me. There are so many things I could say, but after much consideration Iím just going to say this:

Thank you.

I am so grateful to everyone who has been a part of this community over the last 19 and a half years. What a wonderful, happy, friendly, stimulating, sometimes aggravating, and most of all rewarding journey this has been. I still canít quite wrap my head around the idea that I created a virtual space where thousands of truly decent human beings would choose to spend so much of their time. It seems unreal. This is first and foremost a community of people, and the truth is that Democratic Underground would be nothing without all of you.

During the darkest days of the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries, when many DUers were viciously tearing each other apart, the three DU admins were deeply frustrated with the state of this community. So we put our heads together to figure out a positive vision of what we wanted DU to be. During that process we drew a Venn diagram on the whiteboard in our office, and it remained on the whiteboard for the last four years to remind us what we wanted this community to be. Here is a picture:



Looking back over the last 19+ years of running this website, I think I am most proud of the fact that this is what DU has become: A community of friendly, progressive Democrats.

Thank you especially to Dave and Brian (whom you know as EarlG and Elad) my fellow DU Administrators. I could not have done this job without your friendship, expertise, support, and hard work. Dave, I am particularly grateful for your wise counsel over all these years. You have provided indispensable guidance and support that made me a better admin and made DU a better community. Brian, I am in awe of your technical knowledge and skill, as well as your patience and dedication. We came up with a million crazy ideas that required countless hours of programming, and you always knew how to make those ideas a reality.

To the rest of you, I want to keep in touch. Hereís how:

Iím not going to be here on DU nearly as much now that I donít work here, but I am dipping my toe into various social media sites and I want to keep in touch with all of you. To keep things easy I grabbed a single username that I could use across many different sites: @DavidAllenNow. *Everyone* is welcome to connect with me, whether you are a long-term DU members, a new DU member, a lurker who never signed up for DU, a former DU member, a former Discussionist member, or even a banned or flagged DUer.

If you connect with me I promise Iíll follow you back...

Twitter: DavidAllenNow

Instagram: DavidAllenNow

Facebook: DavidAllenNow

LinkedIn: DavidAllenNow

TikTok: DavidAllenNow

YouTube: UCXWXuF-V07yxQRY7v7XFZoQ

And you can also contact me by email: davidallennow (at) gmail.com

Once again, thank you for everything. I am forever grateful.



David Allen
AKA Skinner
Semi-former DU Administrator

ON EDIT: EarlG has posted a follow-up thread you should read.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:33 PM

1. So...tell me how to send my next donation

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:33 PM

2. thanks for keeping me insane during this time of crisis .

if i were to go sane, heaven help us .

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Reply #2)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 11:27 AM

362. Well said, AllaN01Bear!

I've heard that sanity isn't all it's cracked up to be.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:33 PM

3. wow. Bye .. thanks for co founding the community of DU

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:33 PM

4. So Long It's Been Good to Know You.



Woody Guthrie - So long it's been good to know you
715,054 viewsēApr 10, 2007

Alberto Al
952 subscribers

A song from the Library of Congress recordings

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:33 PM

5. You should be proud of your work.


You have good reason to be.

Thanks for everything.






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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:33 PM

6. Not to suck up, but I've found him to be the most engaged and responsive Administrator on DU.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:33 PM

7. THANK YOU and the best to you!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:34 PM

8. Arrivederci!

And buona fortuna, amico mi!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:34 PM

9. WOW...best of luck, this will still be a great website!!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:34 PM

10. congrats EarlG on your new business

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:35 PM

11. We'll miss you!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:36 PM

12. Thank you for everything, Skinner.

DU means more to me than you can ever know. It has kept me sane for nearly two decades.

I often feel horror at what America has ugly-morphed into, but at least, I know I'm not alone in my horror.

All the best...

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:36 PM

13. Do you still own Discussionist?

Or was that part of the sale?

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #13)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:16 PM

119. When I googled Discussionist.com

then clicked on it, a BLM website comes up. Righteous.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #119)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:26 PM

145. My biggest smile of the day, along with a slow rolling laugh that came from way deep.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:36 PM

14. Thanks, and don't forget to take your towel.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #14)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 08:08 PM

286. .

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:36 PM

15. Thank you

So many of us need this outlet. You did good!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:36 PM

16. Thank you for all that you have done to keep DU an oasis,

especially for us in red state hells. Best wishes for the future.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:36 PM

17. Thank You

DU has been my home while at home and while away for what seems like forever. You rock (along with your fellow administrators).

Who would have ever thought this place would have been so GREAT>

THANK YOU MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY. wow: :

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:37 PM

18. Thanks for everything, Skinner n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:37 PM

19. Thank you for the effort over the years, Skinner. You will be missed.

'Live long, and PROSPER.'

Peace!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:37 PM

20. Thank you Skinner...we will miss you.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:38 PM

21. Good luck! And thank you!

Your teamís hard work has created a real community.

Please keep up the good works, wherever you are.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:38 PM

22. Thank you so much for your vision and hard work.

I hope you are fulfilled in your next endeavor.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:38 PM

23. Thank you for everything you have done.

I sincerely appreciate the hard work and dedication you put into DU.

Congratulations on your new liberation.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:39 PM

24. Take care and thanks! nt

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:39 PM

25. Thank you for DU!

It's like an island of sanity in the modern internet world!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:39 PM

26. Thanks for everything!

Glad I've been part of the journey for most of those 19+ years. Here's to many more years!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:39 PM

27. Uh, what if someone else wanted to buy DU?

I was never asked. Jerk.

Just kidding. Thanks for everything you've done for us. We promise to take it easy on EarlG.

TlalocW

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:40 PM

28. Thanks for everything Skinner!

I wish you well in your future endeavors! Best of luck to you!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:40 PM

29. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU'VE DONE!!!


DU is my go-to site for news & info. I'd be lost without it.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:41 PM

30. Best wishes Skinner. We're in good hands.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:42 PM

31. Thank you for creating the best site on the interwebs.

Good luck, good health, and keep fighting the good fight.

Congratulations to EarlG. (Sounds like a tea drinker.)

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:42 PM

32. Hugs to you David Allen Skinner!

I love you!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:42 PM

33. RESPECT

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:42 PM

34. Thanks

👍🏻👋💙🤝

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:42 PM

35. Rest easy Space Cowboy

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Response to vercetti2021 (Reply #35)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:24 PM

141. Looking closely

at Slim Pickens ( I believe), notice he seems to be wearing a parachute while riding a nuke.
Odd?

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Response to Pantagruel (Reply #141)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:26 PM

143. And Oh Yeah

Thanks big guy.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:43 PM

36. Wow, good luck to you! DU has been my savior the past few years!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:43 PM

37. Thank you for all you have done for us. You should feel very proud. Good luck!!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:43 PM

38. Thanks for everything. Enjoy your "retirement"

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:43 PM

39. Good luck, Skinner

And thank you

Happy to be giving my $15 a month. This is a good home to be a part of. May not seem like much, but it adds up.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:43 PM

40. "Democratic Underground Will Be Fine" ---- WHEW!!!

All the best to you Skinner.

Thank you for your years here.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:44 PM

41. Love the Venn Diagram

I have been a proud member of the Democratic Party for most of my life. I have views that are considered progressive too which really overlap with the blue circle above. I view us all as one leaning left folks who seriously want to beat trump & elect more Dems. Being here has been a big help to survive trump. Best of luck with your new adventure. Carry on!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:44 PM

42. Thank You Skinner! - Welcome EarlG!!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:44 PM

43. Thank you

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:44 PM

44. I remember the road trips. Good Times

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:44 PM

45. Thank you for all the years and work. I can't begin to tell you much DU means to me.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:45 PM

46. Goodbye

and thanks.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:46 PM

47. Fair winds and following seas

Thank you for all your hard work giving us this community. I discovered DU soon after "W" was selected by Scotus, and keep coming back.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:46 PM

48. Backing Away

Always scary when an changes happen. However, I did exactly the same thing you are doing in 2018, except that I continued on as an associate. It just gives me too much joy practicing small animal medicine. What are YOU going to do?

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:21 PM

133. Not sure exactly.

I would really like to do something artistic. Maybe write and illustrate a book?

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:46 PM

49. I don't really know how DU works, but I rely on it for so much...thank you for all you've

Given to us!❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:46 PM

50. It's the end of an era. Thank you for creating this site. I haven't been here as long as a lot of

members but for eight years I've checked in almost every single day. Again , thank you .

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:47 PM

51. I always thought of you and Earl as a well balanced team


Not that you two were on polar ends, but rather balanced in where you didn't overlap.

I worry about DU without you, but look forward to happy future. DU has evolved a lot over the years.

I have appreciated you, Earl, and Elad very much.

May good fortunes continue to come your way.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:47 PM

52. Double wow, and thank you for DU. I am a member AND will continue to

contribute to this, my favorite site. Only place that has kept me sane through the Bush/Gore shit storm up until the current shit show. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:47 PM

53. Thank you!

You've given us a refuge and a hub of invaluable connections.
We are stronger together!

















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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:48 PM

54. Thank you for your many years of service to keep fellow

Democrats sane. Iíve been a member since practically the beginning. DU is the 1st place I check daily for news. I donít post much, mostly read, but DU has been and will continue to be an important part of my life. Again, thank you and best wishes for your future!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:48 PM

55. Thank you for everything you've created and given.

And good luck with everything you've got going.

I'm sincerely and truly grateful to you for everything you've done here.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:48 PM

56. Thank you for everything you've done for all these years

You've helped keep me informed, helped me cope through two terrible administrations, and provided a place where I can laugh, vent, and sometimes disagree with other progressives.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:48 PM

57. Wow.

You will be sorely missed as "boss".

I guess now Sid will really be you!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:49 PM

58. Thank you, Skinner

from the bottom of my heart.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:49 PM

59. Thanks so much for pursuing your vision

So we could all benefit!

Good luck to you and stay healthy!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:49 PM

60. K&R thank you

For making DU a reality. Been a great site and Iím sure it will continue.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:49 PM

61. Thanks! DU has made a difference.

DU's impact has been substantial. Thank you.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:50 PM

62. DU has been a godsend for me since I joined in 2004 during the Kerry campaign. Thank you!

Seriously, I can't thank you enough! You rule Skinner and I will follow you via the links you provided.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:50 PM

63. Thank you

From the bottom of my heart,I have been a member from the very beginning, I love D.U. itís a haven for me from all the craziness in the world. Good luck with your new ventures.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:50 PM

64. WOW! and thanks. and best of luck!!!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:50 PM

65. Live shot of Skinner right now...



In all seriousness, thank you for everything over the years, Skinner. Best of luck in all your future endeavors, you will be missed.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:43 PM

224. That's perfect!

Best wishes to Skinner and my thanks for creating DU.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:50 PM

66. Kudos to you

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:51 PM

67. Thank you!

Cheers!


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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:51 PM

68. Thank you

for making us a political home! Best wishes on your journey!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:52 PM

69. I read for years and years and years before I joined.

Thank you for what you created and nurtured here.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:52 PM

70. So Long, Skinner!!!

Happy Trails to You
Until We Meet Again!

You have been a lifeline for me through the 21st century. You will be ,issed.

Thanks to you for everything you have done over the years, and especially for placing the reins in EarlG's hands.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:52 PM

71. Hope we still hear from you.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:54 PM

72. Thank you for all you've done

You created a space where we could all talk and argue and get information. I very much appreciate your work and effort that went into that.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:54 PM

73. I hardly know what to say. I saw you and your sign Inauguration Day, 2001

and have followed DU ever since.

Boy, I feel old.

For some reason, this old John Denver song popped into my mind upon reading you were leaving DU, so on behalf of all of us who sometimes gave you headaches or a hard time, "I'm Sorry," but as in the song lyrics, (paraphrased): "more than anything else I'm sorry because you'll not be here with us."

I wish you the best, David Allen (Skinner)

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:54 PM

74. Thanks for many good years. You're leaving EarlG in good hands . . . I think.

Best of luck!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:55 PM

75. Thank you for the great site and best of luck to you on your future endeavors.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:55 PM

76. Just WOW!

Farewell Skinner, don't know what I've have done without DU these last almost 20 years!

You'll be missed!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:55 PM

77. Thank you 😊 for giving us DU.

I know you are leaving us in good hands.

Good luck, Skinner.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:55 PM

78. Best of luck to you and your family.

I love DU.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:55 PM

79. Thank you, Skinner. It has been a great ride.

And best wishes to Dave for the continuation and expansion of this community.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:56 PM

80. Steady. Scintillating. Smart. Seeker. Stimulating. AND even Sparkly Skinner.

May the road always rise up to meet you ...

Deepest gratitude for almost 20 years (reading, posting, losing my handle, rejoining, enjoying) - especially when all the chips seemed down - there always was (and still is) DU ..... kinda like KUNG FU DU.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:56 PM

81. Thank you.



This site has been a life safer in so many ways for me.

I'm not on any other internet platform, so I do hope you will come and tell how you are doing from time to time.

I'm truly grateful for your DU creation.

Farewell, Dear Skinner


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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:57 PM

82. Okay. As long as you're still around I won't be too sad.

Thanks for making sure DU continues for all of us.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:57 PM

83. Okay. As long as you're still around I won't be too sad.

Just "followed" your new Twitter account. Thanks for making sure DU continues for all of us.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:57 PM

84. Thank you for everything you've done for DU and for us, my dear Skinner...

I have distinctly enjoyed your leadership all these years. I am so sorry to see you go, but I understand.

I am now following you on Twitter and have sent you a friend request on Facebook. Who knows? I may have more contact with you now that you're no longer here!

It has been an amazing ride, and one that has changed my life. I have new hobbies now, because of the friends I've made here, and those new hobbies have rippled outwards to affect me in ways I had never seen.

Photography and poetry and politics!

Thank you.

I wish you all success in your new endeavors. May your path be smooth and easy. Oh, as if!


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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:57 PM

85. Oh My Goodness

Thanks for everything Skinner

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:57 PM

86. Well, damn.

The Thanks is to you, though. The three of you guys.

Thank you all for DU.

Goodness. It has been nearly two decades. I'm getting old. Thanks for the reminder.

Solly

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:57 PM

87. Thanks so much for DU

I lurked here for years before I signed up. Not sure why. Reading DU has been a pretty important part of my day for some time.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:59 PM

88. I've been here 17 years now, and I am still amazed by how well DU has been piloted...

...through repeated turbulent times. I may not have always agreed 100% with each and every call you made, but after the benefit of a few minutes hindsight, I could say the same about all of the calls I have made during those times also. Actually, with a few more seconds of hindsight now, I'm sure your track record has been better than mine.

Good luck with all that you do. I will look forward to your visits here.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:02 PM

89. You agonized over us?

Awww.

Spread your wings and fly, Sir!
Thanks for DU!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:03 PM

90. Congrats!

All the best! Been here since 2004 and it is definitely my go to.

I'll find you on Twitter. Feeling optimistic about DU's future.

THANK YOU!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:03 PM

91. Thank you

DU was a needed retreat during the Bush years. This function became even more obvious after the 2016 election and the hack when one couldn't connect to the like-minded people here anymore. Losing that during one of the darkest times makes you realize how important it is.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:03 PM

92. Thank you Skinner and best of luck. My wife was one of the originals and DU has helped keep us

both sane. Welcome Earl G. May your tenure be as long and as fruitful. Long Live DU!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:04 PM

93. My best to you Skinner.

Have not always agreed, but most times have and lots of respect for you.

Feeling like a little bit of and end of an era and more than a tad nostalgic already. .

Hope you have a lifetime full of love and happiness.

Take care

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:05 PM

94. Thank YOU, Dave. We are forever indebted to you for what you created and sustained here.

Creating a safe but vital space for Democrats to exchange ideas and information was an invaluable contribution to online communication.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:05 PM

95. Thank you so much

Skinner.

I've no idea what I would have done without DU over these past two decades.



Best of luck to you in your new adventures.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:06 PM

96. Thanks so much for everything. This place saved my life!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:06 PM

97. Thank you for everything Skinner. When I joined DU in March

2004, it was the best community of like minded souls, welcoming, instructive and amazing. It still is. You will be missed and I wish you the best in your future endeavors.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:06 PM

98. I've enjoyed immensely my longtime relationship w/DU. Thank you

and I wish you much success in all your future endeavors.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:06 PM

99. I wish you well on your future endeavors.

It has been an honor to share this virtual environment with you. Thank you for DU!

You made the world a better place.



-Laelth

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:07 PM

100. You have made my world and the greater world a better place, thank you!

 

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:08 PM

101. Jeepers. I kinda like things the way they are!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:08 PM

102. I really got engaged in politics around the 2008 election season during a rough patch in life.

I was enraged with Bush/Chenny after 9/11 the Iraq and Afghanistan. I was so excited to think Obama could be President and things as a whole could be better. I got tired of yelling at the TV and all the misinformation to say the least. Then I found DU and finally a place to get information, opinions from like minded people. The info, links provided and sources to find the truth in most cases was a godsend and have been here ever since. A sincere thank you and all involved for giving a place to go and to occasionally spout my thoughts. Best of luck to you you and to all involved.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:09 PM

103. Wow

Last edited Fri Sep 25, 2020, 08:58 PM - Edit history (1)



will edit with more thoughts after digesting and reading replies


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finally editing now, probably no one will see it but I guess everything is ok. this announcement was a real shock - 2020 has been an unfun rollercoaster and this was another potential dip. but after some weeks it would seem DU is running fine, though I thought you might have checked in more with a post or two or some recs. a funny thing happened when I checked just now - clicked on the link and went to your FB page and there was Nadin, ranting away about something.

I don't know how those things work and I have been avoiding that place for most of the year so far, but to see that at the top of your feed...what can I say? it seemed kind of perfect in a way. like the dysfunctional family that this place often is.

I hope all is well, we never interacted all that much but I will always be grateful that you let MFM back in when he got tossed on a post misunderstanding and for doing the lounge thing when he died. thank you.

for the bigger picture, this site has been and continues to be one of the best discussion sites I have ever come across. thank you and the rest of the guys for starting and continuing it all these years. the changes have been good, even for this change-phobe and I look forward to seeing what is next.

Kali

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:10 PM

104. Bye, Skinner. Thanks for giving us all those years and creating

a place for like minded individuals to meet and support each other...mostly lol. You will be missed here. Best of luck and many blessings in whatever path you take. But, I have to ask one favor as you take leave. Please direct a little energy into helping us get rid of the squatter in the White House until this election is over. Please, please, please.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:10 PM

105. Thank You...

...Skinner (and EarlG). Best of luck in your new endeavors!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:10 PM

106. Thanks Skinner

DU continues to be the best place to find political information quickly. The community aspect is also pretty good. I appreciate how hard you all worked to keep this place running.

Good luck to EarlG. I'm sure he'll do great.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:10 PM

107. I have been here from the beginning and ...

I thank you from the bottom of my heart for keeping me sane all these years. I don't post as much as I used to but I still follow every day.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:11 PM

108. Oh wow. I've been with you since 2001

I've been a mod, and on MIRT and a host. It was such an honor to work with you through some good times and a few bad.
You have been a rock. Good luck in all your future endeavors.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:11 PM

109. We will miss you so much!

You are part of the soul of DU. Good luck in your future!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:11 PM

110. All the best always to you and yours. 💗🌠

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:11 PM

111. I'm sure EarlG will do a fabulous job but you will be missed. You have been a real rock for so many

of us during these trying, exhausting times. Good luck in all you do.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:12 PM

112. No...Thank YOU!

First, I was stuck in AZ surrounded by a sea of red.
Now, I'm in MO surrounded by a sea of red.

Through it all, whether I was active or just lurking, you and this place kept me sane.

I won't say I'll miss you, though I'm pretty well choked up and have a few tears in my eyes. You're not leaving us, just stepping away.

Love to you,

ZenDem (aka WaitWut)

P.S.
Gratz, EarlG!!! Are you bringing back META?!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:13 PM

113. All the very best on the other side!

Change is always interesting so don't go off your rocker!!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:13 PM

114. Thank you Skinner

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:14 PM

115. Happy trails

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:14 PM

116. I wish you the best of luck in your future adventures!

I'll be honest, when I first saw the banner I thought it was the end of DU! I'm glad it isn't, and that it's in the competent hands of EarlG.

Thank you for doing all you've done over the years to make this site amazing. You'll be missed here.

Thanks for the Swedish fish one last time!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:14 PM

117. Wow! What a great legacy you've left.

Thanks to you, EarlG, and Elad for creating this forum. Sorry to see you leave your post, but I wish you all the best.

Come on, you can tell us. I know you're really going to replace Jerry Falwell, Jr. at Liberty U.!


Originally posted in Sept. 2012 -

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:14 PM

118. My phone & in- box are filled with demands for money. I pledge 100 bucks for the fundraiser.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:16 PM

120. Thanks Indeed for All The Fish!

Wind at your back and a long smooth ride ahead dude!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:17 PM

121. Thank you for EVERYTHING

you've done. Congratulations to the new owner, EarlG.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:17 PM

122. congrats! this has been a shelter in the storm

 

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:17 PM

123. ⚡⚡ I figured SOMETHING was up when you decided to suddenly close Discussionist!

At the time, I was guessing that it was only a matter of time before DU was also shut down (or sold to Huffington Post, or Daily Kos.) Good to know that it's staying in the family.

Good luck in your future endeavors.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:17 PM

124. Thank you and all the best to you.

I can't tell you how much DU has saved my sanity starting in the GW years. I don't post much but I'm here almost daily and appreciate your hard work keeping this site running. Good luck in the future.

Leslie

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:18 PM

125. Thank you for everything!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:18 PM

126. Thank you for you've done

You canít have been on DU for very long without seeing the name Skinner.
When I joined the DU I was pretty upset over the election of that jerk. I knew that I was going to be communicating with like minded people. However I have gained much more DU is a place where people care about others that other than being on a forum together you donít necissarily know them. Itís a place I can not only get news but trust itís accurate because of the included links etc.
I know
That Du is an important part of Many lives. Thank you for starting it up and thank EarlG for continuing on.
You all are very much appreciated.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:18 PM

127. Wow...godspeed to ya!

@Scr0dman up on the twittery thingie

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:19 PM

128. It Was An Honor

that diagram is exactly how I've always seen DU ..

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:19 PM

129. Thank you and all the best to you in future endeavors

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:19 PM

130. Well Done, God Bless, Health and Happiness, Keep in touch.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:19 PM

131. would ID myself to you privately on twitter..

..but your account isn't accepting messages.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:20 PM

132. Thank you for your dedication to DU, Skinner!

Good luck on any new endeavors and will see you on Facebook and Insta!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:21 PM

134. Thank you so much for creating and maintaining this crazy, friendly,

Contentious progressive community of passionate and dedicated folks. I am so happy to have been a part of this site for so long. Iíve learned and grown because of it.

I wish you the best going forward.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:23 PM

135. !




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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:23 PM

136. Thank You

For keeping me sane during the Republican occupation.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:23 PM

137. I used to love DU

but the constant South bashing has mostly driven me away. I'm a proud resident of Georgia 6. Newt Gingrich' former district, now represented by Lucy McBath. Every state has rural regions.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:24 PM

138. Skinner

Full sails, and full nets are my wish for you in your new adventures charting these unknown waters.

Peace friend,
Melissa

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:24 PM

139. We'll do you proud, Skinner.

You can trust us on that.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:24 PM

140. Skinner...you created a monster!

You know that, don't you?

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:26 PM

142. You changed my life. Thank you.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:26 PM

144. When we carve Trump's fat ass up

we'll dedicate a slice to you.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:28 PM

146. Thank you!!!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:28 PM

147. Though I'm a short-timer in comparison to so many others

I've come to love this site and appreciate all the hard work you have expended to keep the board up and running and relevant. Best wishes in your future endeavors. This rest of us will work hard to do our part.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:29 PM

148. Thanks for everything, Skinner! Good luck in all your future endeavors!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:29 PM

149. Thank you for everything!!

Wishing you the very best!! Iíll say ďso long- see you on Twitter, Instagram and FB!Ē

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:31 PM

150. You aren't getting away from me.... following you on Twitter


You may be leaving but I will never forget what a respite it was to find soul mates on DU back in the old days.
We all owe you a debt of gratitude for sticking with it. Love you and hug your neck. 🥰


(I think) we met years ago While protesting at Camp Casey
(Outside of Wís ranch in central Texas).
(Joan Baez showed up) got to meet and talk several DU folks that were there.
If it wasnít you it was others from the past.

I am flying_wahini @ Cantseethefutur

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:31 PM

151. Wishing you the very best rest of your life, Skinner.

Thanks for making DU such a special place.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:31 PM

152. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for DU.

I have been a loyal DU'er since the dark days after 911, when I first stumbled across the website. Honestly, I don't know what I would have done without DU to get me through all of these years, and so many crazy transitions in America.

Best to you in your life. Live long, prosper, keep fighting the good fight.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:32 PM

153. Gosh, I don't know what to say other than thanks for all the long hours

you and your team have worked all these years. It shows in the results. This site has been a safe haven for all of us like-minded folk in the past and will continue to be so in the future. Good luck with your upcoming endeavors.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:33 PM

154. heartfelt thanks

DU made me realize I wasn't alone. I'm not super social in real life, so this place has meant so much to me. Lots of love and appreciation to you.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:33 PM

155. Wow, i been here since Jan 2004, we old! I learned so much here, best wishes on your new pursuits!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:34 PM

156. Thank you so much for all of the time and energy you have put in to building DU--

it has become a powerful political community.

I discovered DU in the dark days after 9/11 and lurked until 2003. DU saved me when the world felt like it was spinning out of control with the Bush administration and the media hopping onto the bandwagon that pushed for a war that to me seemed ill-conceived and just plain wrong. It was here on DU where I found like-minded individuals.

Although I don't post a lot, DU has continued to keep me sane for over 17 years (especially recently during this current administration) as I come here each morning for my news and for the brilliant commentary of many of my fellow DUers.

Best of luck with your future endeavors, David, and thank you again for having the vision to create and guide this important website.

~Mrs. O

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:35 PM

157. I feel as if a long time friend has just told me they are moving cross country.

While I know you will still be out there in the universe, it's knowing you're not HERE. I know Elad and EarlG will continue to run DU with the same high standards we've come to expect over these many year. I always saw you three as the 3 Musketeers. All for one and one for all. You will be missed.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:35 PM

158. Thank you for everything DU has given us!!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:35 PM

159. Best of luck!

We'll keep the lights on.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:35 PM

160. That bright yellow message gave me a panic!

DU is my only "social media."

Without it I might have to start watching television or something...



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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:36 PM

161. No, Skinner, thank you!!!

And I will definitely kick in for the fund drive.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:37 PM

162. Armin Tamzarian's reign of terror is over!!

Just kidding.

I will miss you Skinner. Thank you so much for everything you have done for all of us. The world is a better place because you set up this wonderful community.

Happy trails!!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:39 PM

163. I am forever grateful I found DU ❤️ - and forever grateful of your stewardship David.

Hugs to you and yours! 🥰

ninga

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:39 PM

164. You know, I've always wondered.

Does anyone ever mistake you for Harold "Patrick McKenna" Green from the Red Green Show?

https://www.imdb.com/video/vi1395178777?playlistId=nm0571405&ref_=vp_rv_28

Skinner photo:

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:39 PM

165. Thanks for all you've done! Good look with all you're going to do! nt

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:41 PM

166. Thank you

Prior to signing up - I read for a few years. In those dark days of the Bush Presidency - knowing he was appointed, knowing there were no WMDs, the implementation of the Patriot Act . . . this was a little place of light for the enlightened.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:42 PM

167. A meeting place for international sanity.

This, (now-ex) EUropean appreciates.

Cheers Skinner!!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:42 PM

168. Wishing you all the best in whatever you pursue,

and many, many thanks for your part in DU.

You and the team created a wonderful and stimulating haven of knowledge and hope for thousands.

Cheers, Stay Well & Here's to Democracy ~ A. Blue

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:42 PM

169. You did a good thing with this forum!

I have to laugh when I'm watching TV news and they report on something that I read about days before on DU! (Good job!)

The information, the camaraderie, the hope.....Thank you so much! Good Luck with your new adventures!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:42 PM

170. Love the Venn diagram and love Swedish fish

First website I open in the morning 👍🏻
Thank you and Godspeed 🙏🏻

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:46 PM

171. Well, you've gone and done it now, haven't ya?

Best of luck in your future endeavors.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:48 PM

172. Thank you for all you've done.

Forgive me for having some tears in my eyes.

❤️🌹

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:48 PM

173. Thank you, Mr Allen (or Skinner, as I will always think of you)

I can't begin to express how much Democratic Underground has meant to me for the past couple of decades. Be happy and go with many, many blessings!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:51 PM

174. Thank you so much for all you have done.

You will be missed. Good luck with your future endeavors.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:51 PM

175. You have been my virtual friend for almost twenty years

Thank you for always making room for me on your ďsofaĒ and in your world...

You will always be welcome in mine.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:53 PM

176. Wow.

Good luck in your new life - I hope it brings you as much happiness, excitement and comfort as this place has given to us.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:55 PM

177. Speechless

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:56 PM

178. Thank you deeply for creating what is a mainstay in my daily routine.

I have learned so much since I joined in '05. All the best in your future! Drop in and say hello
once in a while. Your creation is a BIG FUCKIN' DEAL. EarlG will carry on . Thanks again.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:58 PM

179. You'll be missed Skinner

Best wishes to yourself and family.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:59 PM

180. Many thanks to you!

DU has kept me sane during some crazy times (including now). Best of luck in whatever you do next! You rock!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:00 PM

181. Thank you Skinner, for your vision and hard work. Best of luck to you.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:01 PM

182. Thanks Skinner

This place was a refuge during some dark times.

Just followed you on Twitter. I use a Seattle Seahawks avatar there as I do here though I use my real name on Twitter. Hope to get a follow back from you.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:01 PM

183. Thank you, Skinner.

You've taken us through many ups & downs. Good luck in your new venture.

We're left with a very competent leadership.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:02 PM

184. Thank you so much for all of your effort!

I have been coming to DU since 2004, even though I did not sign up until years later. It has been so important for me to have a group of Democrats with which I could share ideas. I am not currently working, so I don't have any money to spare right now, so all I can do is say thank you to you, Skinner, and to everyone who works so hard to make this a great place.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:03 PM

185. Wow, best of luck and many thanks nt

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:03 PM

186. The end of an era

the start of a new era. ahem. Well kind of. Good luck to you, Skinner, I've enjoyed many many hours here. Thank you.

Okay, show us what ya got, EarlG!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:04 PM

187. You will be missed!

I've spent a large amount of time here in my life and will always appreciate what you have created.

Thank you for all of your hard work! Good Luck in your endeavours!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:05 PM

188. K&R

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:06 PM

189. Thanks for everything, David.

DU is a big part of my day every day. It gives me hope.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:06 PM

190. Thank you for building a place that when

our whole political world seemed over, we knew we were not alone.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:07 PM

191. Thanks for being Skinner...

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:07 PM

192. Best of luck, Skinner.

Please don't be a stranger. And best of luck in your future ventures. Your sons are really growing up. I remember when they were born.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:08 PM

193. Many thanks Skinner.

Without this site I would have been stark raving mad by now. Good luck in your future endeavors.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:09 PM

194. Thanks for making DU so solid.

Great navigating, Capín. Very best to you, hoping youíll be blessed somehow for having created this haven for, letís just say it: bettering humanity.

Hoping you pop in and let us know how things are out there in your new world.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:09 PM

195. How about that! Best wishes. its been a long road...

from that time I met up with you and some other DUers. You may not even remember. Back in the W days.
the march in NYC.

When the times get rocky, I was and am always grateful to learn from the best like-minded souls what was really going on.
Thanks for making that possible.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:10 PM

196. But what you gonna do with all dis fish? I tink she gonna blow.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:10 PM

197. Man, you just scared the living daylights out of me

with that announcement that popped up on my page, and the first words of your post.

Thank you for all you've done, and good luck in your new endeavors.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:11 PM

198. I sent a friend request to FB

with message giving my screen name here.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:12 PM

199. OK...Be safe...Thank You..

For many of us it has been nearly 19 years, also.

Share our joys, for sure. They are just around the corner.

TIKKI

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:14 PM

200. Happy trails, Skinner!

Thanks for doing all you did for the entire time you did it!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:16 PM

201. Thank you for all you've done! I'll be following you on Facebook and Twitter.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:17 PM

202. Thanks-- you made a difference.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:18 PM

203. Holy cow.

Holy smokes.

Iíll do my best.

Best possible wishes to EarlG and Elad. And you of course. Thank you for co-creating this now sacred space.

Aloha

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:19 PM

204. Thank you....

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:20 PM

205. Thank you, Skinner! So sorry to see your era pass.

At least you've left us this!

DU got me through bush/cheney and helped me keep my sanity! That's something I will NEVER forget. I've met a lot of good folks here - online mostly, but a few in person. Enjoyed every encounter. Friends and fellow warriors.

The struggle continues. The fight MUST go on. The vigilance must NEVER falter or ease up. This has become my home-on-the-net since 2001 and I fully expect that to continue.

Hope you'll stay in touch. You did good.

Virtual

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:21 PM

206. Thank you for everything. I was a lurker for 15 years before I signed up, thank you for

providing a safe harbor for us to steady ourselves, as we brace for that next step out in this crazy world.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:21 PM

207. Thank you for starting this site

It helped me in times I felt lost in right wing world.

Good luck in your new endeavors,z

I put In a friend request in Facebook and follow you now on twitter!

Thank you again!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:22 PM

208. Words cannot express. Be well, Skinner...

...I cannot thank you enough for your service!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:22 PM

209. Oh man.

Sorry to see you go, glad DU is still a thing

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:24 PM

210. All kinds of good wishes and many thanks.



FWIW, I'll always regret missing the first 5 years!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:24 PM

211. Saying goodbye is one of the hardest things in life.

Too many goodbyes of late.
Thanks for the forum to meet such nice people, and for a spot to vent about the hoarde of barbarians. Life is about new beginnings. I think somewhere along the way, we lose that part of us that makes children's lives such a wonder to behold. Good job letting go of it all. Pretty impressive all in itself. Congrats to EarlG.
I'm grateful to be here and to have participated David.
Vaya con Dios.
Onward to your next beginning Sir.
Chin music

PS...This is one I won't have to delete.....Say what??

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:24 PM

212. You did good.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:26 PM

213. Thank you very much

May you always have access to a fresh towel

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:26 PM

214. I HAS A SAD



Why u give me a sad?

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:26 PM

215. Hopefully you'll still check in from time to time here...

...and share your eloquent observations with us.

Too much to say, to put it in a DU post, Dude.

I remember seeing that silly banner at the Bush inaugural and thinking "what the hell... give it a try."

I've been glad ever since.

And this thing you guys built? I think it's gonna keep going. And be a worthy legacy.

You know where to find me if I can help rattle any new cages, afflict any of the comfortable, and/or comfort the afflicted in your future endeavors.

gratefully,
Bright

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:27 PM

216. Thank you... 20 years. Yikes!

First I have to say I love that Venmo diagram.

Second is thank you because DU is and has been the center of my online information universe since basically the beginning.

I remember joining in response to the Bush coup and how great it was to have a place to commensurate and learn and be inspired and be part of everything that has gone on.

Iíve never been a big poster...more a lurker but I have always felt part of the community.

Finally... it is hard to believe itís been almost 20 years. Thereís been a lot of shit.

Best wishes for whatever you do next. Next chapters are always important steps for us to take.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:28 PM

217. OK!

When it's time to move on, it's time. Good luck and thank you.



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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:31 PM

218. Thank you, Skinner!

You and DU literally saved my life after 2016. I will be grateful to you and this web site forever. Best wishes in your future endeavors.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:34 PM

219. DU and 42. The answer to life, the universe and everything. nt

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:09 PM

265. +1

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:39 PM

220. Thanks Skinner

I don't know what I would have done without DU through the Bush years and the current disaster we're living through.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:40 PM

221. Thank you thank you thank you

For cofounding this wonderful site. It has kept me sane in an insane world. It has made me happy when sad. It has made me feel i am with friends, when i have been lonely. It has made me realize we are stronger together. Thank you for everything & let us know where we can send $$ to support this wonderful community. Happy trails!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:41 PM

222. Thank you. Best wishes.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:42 PM

223. Thank you!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:46 PM

225. Thank you Skinner! This site has helped me

Throughout the years and will continue to help me.

I joined while working on John Kerry campaign and took that loss very hard.

When I first saw you sold I got scared till I saw who you sold to. Wish you luck in whatever comes your way!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:48 PM

226. all the best going forward

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:48 PM

227. Thank you, David Allen (Skinner)!

I haven't been on DU very long, but I am so incredibly grateful to have found this forum that you created! I live in a red county in a red state, and this forum has kept me sane for quite a few months now. Please know that you have impacted so many people through this website. All the very best to you! ---La Mouffette

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:53 PM

228. Thanks and Good Luck!

We all have shared a lot of good info here.

Learned quite a few things too.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:54 PM

229. Damn. The end of an era. 😢

Itís been an honor. I love EarlG and hope he survives us, but honestly, itís been an honor.

Just followed you in Twitter. Go and kick ass.

One last

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:55 PM

230. Thank you, Skinner, you are much appreciated.

I certainly wish you the best in your new adventure.








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231. Farewell and thank you


Hope to see you here from time to time!



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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:57 PM

232. Oh my. This chokes me up!

Thank you, Skinner, for creating this place where we can be in community. DU has saved my sanity and likely my marriage! Long story there...Anyway, this place means the world to me.

I wish you the best in all you do. Iíll be looking for you on the Insta...

Be well.

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233. Thank you.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:01 PM

234. Thank you for the best web site ever

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:02 PM

235. I'm still gonna call you 'Boss'

Because you will always be a truly boss dude (for non-boomers, that is a compliment, meaning cool and in charge type). You have been great as "principal" ,owner and leader...Will never forget you were the first to say choosing Sarah Palin meant we had just won the election.
Don't be too scarce around here

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:02 PM

236. Thank you and happy trails.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:04 PM

237. Thank you and best wishes Skinner, and

congratulations to EarlG! I'm glad this website will continue on in very good hands.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:05 PM

238. Thanks for creating this wonderful community. For people in red areas, it's helped to keep us sane.

Followed you on Twitter - can't wait to see your upcoming tweets!

Wishing you all the best,
@marzenamber

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239. Thanks and best wishes for the next step in your journey

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:06 PM

240. Wow. Well, thank you Skinner for all you've done!

I'd be in a straightjacket by now if not for DU.

Gonna follow you on Twitter tho!

Hope you'll check back in here and say 'hi' and let us know how you're doing.

Take care. Stay safe. And best of luck in your new adventure whatever that is!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:08 PM

241. Peace, in every possible manner! Thank-you.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:09 PM

242. Thank you for DU!

I wish you well with whatever comes next.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:09 PM

243. As I wrote to you during the 2016 sabotage vandalism shutdown: What you do is important...

Never doubt that.

Iím kind of in shock here, as I am sure many others are. All the best to you, always. Thank you so much.



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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:12 PM

244. We will miss you, Skinner

If life were just, you three would be rich and Zuck would be in prison, sigh ...

Don't go changin' and please return early and often!







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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:12 PM

245. Thank you for helping to make DU a safe heaven.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:15 PM

246. ((Skinner))

❤️❤️❤️

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:24 PM

247. Thank you back. Enjoy life! See you on the internets. n/t

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:26 PM

248. Will the new administration finally 'fess up to

all that delicious cash from George Soros' vault, which has kept this going?

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:32 PM

249. You set up an excellent site. Great site, excellent people here. Thanks. nt

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:34 PM

250. Happy Landings

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:35 PM

251. Thanks, and good luck.

Great site, by the way. I didn't find it until 2015, but think I've been here every day since.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:40 PM

252. thank you so much

I will gladly donate

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:43 PM

253. My hat is off to you

Job well done. Thanks for the last two decades!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:47 PM

254. Thank you, David

Back in 2004 (living in red West Texas) being a Democrat in public was literally dangerous. I came here because I felt safe and less alone. That has never changed. You should be proud. What you've done here is good, for me, for Democrats and for America. Bless you.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:50 PM

255. Thank you

Thank you

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:51 PM

256. Thank you!

You did an amazing job! Iíve been here since almost the beginning and will greatly miss you. much success to you in your future endeavors!!!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:53 PM

257. A great and friendly website doesn't happen by accident

Congrats on a job well done.
Thank you.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:56 PM

258. I hope we see you posting here often

Thank you soooooo much.

You are truly one of the Internets GIANTS.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:57 PM

259. DU is indispensable -- thanks for all you've done to make this place

what it is, Skinner. Good fortune to you wherever you roam. Come back to visit often!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:59 PM

260. Thank you for all the work you

did for us, the team you put in place, and for having this safe place away from the crazy.

I also have no clue what I'd do without DU and I'm a relative newcomer. My only regret is that I didn't land here the month you launched.

All the best in your next life

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:02 PM

261. Good Luck ! It was swell while it lasted .

Thanks for the memories

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:02 PM

262. YOU're welcome.. for all the (Swedish) fish.

What an amusement park ride of a liberal website you dreamed up. Thinking of you always now in conjunction with ...

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:05 PM

263. Thank you for starting DU and keeping it going these many years.

I spend a lot of time here. Iíve learned a lot from DU. It means a lot to have this community of like-minded souls.

Especially for those of us in red area, itís like an oasis in the desert.

Best to you, and thanks ever so much!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:08 PM

264. Thank you Skinner. Your contributions to a better society are immense.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:11 PM

266. Thank you for everything, Skinner

DU saved my sanity many times. Deep bow

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:12 PM

267. Nearly 20 years.

Hard to believe Iíve been here that long.

Itís been quite a ride. Good luck in your coming adventures.

Mz Pip

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:15 PM

268. The answer is 42.

But what was the question again??

A big thanks to YOU, Skinner, for all you've done, all you do, and all you'll do next.



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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:19 PM

269. All the Best in the Future! 💞 nt

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:21 PM

270. Thank you for all you've done

Hopefully you'll still be active here?

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:23 PM

271. all in the family!

thank you for all you have done, and good luck

we will take care of EarlG

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:24 PM

272. Thank you so much.

You did great work here. A hat tip and applause for Skinnner.



The Swedish were always quite delicious. Um, I mean Swedish Fish of course.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:31 PM

274. Hello David! Going to leave the nest? Spread your wings & fly little bird! Thanks!

 

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:32 PM

275. Thank you!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:33 PM

276. Wait, which one are you again?

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:36 PM

277. Thanks, Skinner.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:41 PM

278. All best wishes for your future! Thanks for everything!

Last edited Tue Aug 11, 2020, 07:11 AM - Edit history (1)

I want to thank you for founding and creating Democratic Underground.

DU has been my online home since I started lurking sometime in 2001, pre-9/11. I finally joined as a Star Member in October 2004. Over the years, DU has been a lifeline for me and for so many others.

I wish you all the best for a bright and happy future! I know your family will enjoy being able to spend more time with you. Good luck with your creative endeavors. Please us know when you publish your book! Keep us updated about your digital art projects!

Thank you for just now following me on Twitter! Youíre my second follower! Yay!

CB from Georgia





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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:42 PM

279. Best wishes on your new endeavors

I've been a member of DU since about 3 weeks after Sept. 11 As you say, first place in the morning, on and off to check headlines through the day, last stop at night.

I was with my grand kids today when I read you were moving on. I really had to hold back tears. I know D.U. has been around a long time, but I didn't realize it was almost a third of my life. Being able to come to this site has been a comfort to me, for everything from politics to the death of my husband.

I wish EarlG and Elad good luck as they move us forward. I don't think I'm alone saying that DU is not just a lifeline, but the IV for our country.

I'll watch for the fund raiser and be glad to kick in on it.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:44 PM

280. Thank you for everything, Skinner

I've been here since the beginning, and it's hard to inagine those years without it. Thank you for bringing this to our lives.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:47 PM

281. So many thoughts are going through my mind.

I started reading DU in 2004, I think. Maybe it was 2003. I lurked for a long time, mostly in the Lounge. I remember the day I picked a handle and joined, and eventually started posting.

Over the years on DU I realized that I was gay, left a marriage, got married again, built a new career, bought and sold and bought a house, watched my kids grow up.

I got into big fights on DU, got banned for a while, got reinstated with amnesty, watched the Admins evolve on gay rights and watched DU become a friendlier place for gay folks. There are still too few of us here. And still way too few people of color. But despite everything, DU has been and still is my home.

I'm particularly grateful, David, for those times when I've reached out to ask something and you responded quickly and graciously.

Thank you. I wish you the very best in all your future endeavors. Thanks for leaving us in good hands.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:47 PM

282. I feel like I just lost a good friend

Thank you for all the hard work and long hours you've put in to make this such a great place.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:54 PM

283. Thanks for all of your efforts over the years n/t

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:59 PM

284. Thanks David, good luck with your future endeavors

Don't forget your towel.



Thankful that you kept it in the family.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 08:05 PM

285. From one the Class of 2001-"What a long strange trip it's been!"

Thank you.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 08:13 PM

287. Thanks for allowing me to participate. It's been a wild ride.

Who would of thought things would get worse than the Bush/Cheney years.
Be safe and be well.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 08:15 PM

288. Good bye and best of luck in your future endeavours

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 08:20 PM

289. Happy Trails

I started lurking here in 2001. Became a member in 2002.
This place helped me maintain my sanity during the Bush years.

Good luck Skinner.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 08:22 PM

290. Skinner, without you and DU, I would have been institutionalized years ago

I stumbled onto DU in early February, 2001 and lurked for a year before joining. After the Supreme Court escorted Bush into The White House, I was determined to find a community of like-minded liberal people. Thank goodness you were there for us.

I wish you great success in all that you do and drop in to say ďHiĒ to us whenever you can

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 08:32 PM

291. DU has always been there for me...

and you can bet your sweet bippy (only OLD DUers will know what that's about) I'll always be there for DU when they need it.

Skinner, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you've done. We're going to miss you. You wanted to get out before election day, huh? Probably a sound move, at least mentally. I'll say so long for now.

EarlG, although you've always been with us, you're about to undertake a new aspect of DUship. I have to ask you though, are you freaking crazy? Right before the most important election this nation has ever faced, and you're going all in? You're a brave man, but we'll all be here with you. If there should ever come a time when the financial aspect of DU ownership becomes too dear, don't hesitate to start fund drives on a regular basis. I believe we started out with them quarterly, if I'm not mistaken. We want this place to last forever, and without DU there would be a whole bunch of people walking into walls, jumping off rooftops, talking to themselves, and be just plain LOST! DU "completes us". Congratulations on your new baby!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 08:37 PM

292. Thank YOU!! This site has been a godsend

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293. it's been wonderful...



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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 08:42 PM

294. I've only been here a very short time...

Like, since yesterday, but it seems that the site is in very capable hands. Best wishes to you in your future life!!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 08:55 PM

295. Thank you David!

You did a great thing and have a wonderful legacy with DU!

Cheers!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 08:56 PM

296. Thank you very much and good luck. DU has helped preserve my sanity

during these chaotic and disturbing times.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 09:04 PM

297. Thanks, Skinner!

This place has been a welcome haven over the past 13 years.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 09:09 PM

298. Thank you!

We love you!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 09:17 PM

299. Wow!

Good luck and thank you for the sane space Iíve enjoyed here for so many years! I added you on Twitter and Facebook just now. 😎

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 09:27 PM

300. Best of luck to you and many thanks!

I am incredibly appreciative of your work. You may have materially assisted in the salvation of this country.

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301. DU has been and continues to be a good place.

Like you, it tends to be the first place I go in the morning, and the last before bed.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 09:29 PM

302. Thank YOU

I canít imagine holding onto my sanity without this wonderful site. Good luck and thanks a million times over!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 09:39 PM

303. You will be missed

Thank you for the past 19+ years providing us a home..

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304. You made a positive mark in my late years..

I've tuned in every morning when I wake up, and often the last thing before I close my eyes at night.

I've appreciated the dialogue, and I've learned and progressed a lot in my wisdom from the discussions. I've also been deleted a few times for crossing this imaginary line, and I've even deleted myself when I realize I've crossed my own line (sometimes emotions get the best of me and I blunder.) But this has always been one of my two places to keep up on stuff that is important to me.

Thank you for your creation, your energy, and your dedication to furthering civil discourse on often complex issues in life. Best of good fortunes to you in your future. You made your positive mark in our world.

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305. Best of luck to you David Allen (AKA) Skinner

And Thank you for all the work you put into this site guiding it through the changes. Indeed, friendly, informative and fun.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 09:55 PM

306. Thank you for all you've done for all of us!

I found DU after **bush was elected. I was despondent.
Somehow this place kept me on balance since then. The ups, the downs.
The charity. The elections. Arguments, scams, elation, sorrow, joy and laughter.
All of it.
I am sure that EarlG will do a fine job carrying on.
You can get some well-earned rest. I hope to see you on here from time to time.
Well done, Skinner, well done.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 09:56 PM

307. Thank You for All that YOU have provided to US . . !

Best wishes going forward, good sir . . !

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 09:57 PM

308. Keep your phone on David.

We are going to need all of the voices and help of all progressives very soon and Democratic Underground is a great vehicle for it. ...but you know this

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 09:57 PM

309. Thank you, Skinner

For everything.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 10:01 PM

310. Thank you and best wishes going forward. DU is my sanctuary.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 10:15 PM

311. Thank you

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 10:16 PM

312. Thank you for helping me get through both the Bush and Trump eras relatively sane

I don't post often, but I go to DU first thing every day to see what's happening in the world, and to commune (often silently on my part) with smart, caring, like-minded people. Thank you for making this possible.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 10:17 PM

313. Good luck and safe travels, Big Guy!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 10:20 PM

314. OK, sure...fine..and yeah, thanks for the ...memories

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 10:22 PM

315. Good for you. But I have to ask, what's with

the (Swedish) fish?

You created and administered a remarkable forum. All the best in your future pursuits ó whatever they may be.

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 06:26 AM

348. There was a time, probably 10 or 15 years ago...

...when I was in the habit of handing out virtual swedish fish on DU. I thought some old-timers might recognize the reference in my thread title.

"So long, and thanks for all the fish" is a Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy reference.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 10:29 PM

316. As one of the "DU Member Class of 2001", occasional mod and host, and current TOONkeeper...

Congratulations David, and best of luck with whatever you're going on to.

I'm one of the people who learned about DU from Bartcop, visiting occasionally until 9/11, when it was one of the few places people could relay information quickly when all usual news outlets were completely clogged. Living just across the Hudson from the Towers, that was kind of important. Shortly thereafter I hopped on as a member, and have stuck around since.

I love the Venn diagram. I'm biased, of course: by my lights I'm right in the center of it. Left of "center" but not really "The Left(s)" either, and above all recognizing that weight of numbers matters, organization matters.

The past 20 years would have been a bigger hell than they were without this touchstone. Thanks.


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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 10:31 PM

317. Thank you for keeping it together here.

This place changes perspectives and changes lives, and so you've helped the world become a bit brighter.

Here's to bright beginnings.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 10:41 PM

318. I foresaw this in a dream earlier this week.

I shit you not. Actually, guess it was late last week. A few days ago, anyway. Seriously.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 10:50 PM

319. Thanks for the good memories and lessons about online courtesy.

Best of luck, David!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 10:50 PM

320. So I'm at the dentist, waiting to find out that yes, I have to have a root canal.

I pick up my phone, and I see this?


You couldn't wait till 2021?
You had to add THIS to 2020? 😱

I've been a member since 2004. Skinner, you have no idea how grateful I am that Democratic Underground exists. I would be lost without it. I would probably be insane without it. DU is my home.

Thank you, along with EarlG and Elad, for creating the best place on the internet. It truly is the best place on the internet.

Not going to lie, you will be missed. You better check in and post once in a while. Let us know what's going on with you.

Most of all, whatever comes next for you, I wish you all the best. Blessings to you and your entire family.



I'd go eat some Swedish fish in your honor, but root canal.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 10:54 PM

321. Best wishes in

whatever you may do.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 11:13 PM

322. Thank you

Been here since 2003 or so. Glad to have this place.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 11:15 PM

323. I am so happy this site was here for me to find.

Thank you for all you have done. This is my home on the net, now.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 11:18 PM

324. I wish you the best, Skinner.

I've always been impressed by your writing skills, intelligence, and wisdom; I have no doubt that you will succeed in whatever you choose to do.

I hate to see you go, but DU will be in good hands with EarlG and Elad.

Take care.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 11:26 PM

325. OMG! I just got back here before I headed off to bed. This is huge.

I found DU way back in the earliest days of the bush debacle, and have received a masters education on politics, as a result of that membership. I got pretty passionate about things a time or two, and got kicked off DU. I stayed away for about 5 years, but when there was a big thing happening on the news, I always came back to check in and see what was really going on.

Skinner, you've been chosen by the universe or whomever to be the leader and host of this herd of cats, and you stepped up to the chore with intelligence and balance. Thank you so much. I'm glad Earl G and Brian will still be with us.

God speed, my friend. May the wind always be at your back.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 11:39 PM

326. Thank you for keeping us sane!

As a member since the GWB administration, I want to thank you for your contribution to keeping us all sane. You will be missed.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 11:48 PM

327. You, and the two other giants of DU Land, have protected our sanity, wielding mighty clubs of

organization, and tolerance.

Thank you!

And good luck on your next chapter, David Allen

Cheers,

FTC
Failure To Communicate

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 12:06 AM

328. Thanks, Skinner.

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 12:10 AM

329. Good luck!!!

May the future be bright!

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 12:16 AM

330. Thank you.

We'll miss you too. You've created a GEM for Democrats and I trust your judgment that DU is in safe hands. I wish you well in all your future endeavors. Hopefully our paths will cross again.

Be safe.

Cheers

Ravi

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 12:17 AM

331. I don't even remember how I stumbled onto DU many years ago

but it has been my main news source and "friend.
And I have you to thank.
So may the force be with you always.
Chip

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 12:22 AM

332. Thanks Skinner

It is a bummer you are leaving but I wish you all the best in your future ventures. I wish there was a way to follow you without using one of the behemoths (google, facebook etc.) -oh well. That is why du is the only kind of social internet use I do ;-/. I do wish you all the best.

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 12:33 AM

333. What a long strange trip its been, thanx for that Skinner. Wishin u all the best in ur new endevours

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 12:39 AM

334. Don't know how I found DU 15 years ago, but jumped right in to a great place for news and opinion.

Once I surfed around at other blogs and websites, I was amazed at how poorly done they were. I stick with the best -- DU: information, humor, camaraderie.
Thanks for your part in this amazing site. May the road ahead be peaceful and fulfilling.

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 12:40 AM

335. Thank you for creating a haven

For us who need to stay sane in a crazy world. Best of luck to you.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 12:58 AM

336. Geeeze David, was it something I said?

Too much whining in whatever that forum was before Ask The Administrators?

"But come ON Skinner. He called me a name!"

"Can't you track them by their IP address?"

My lock notwithstanding, I still say farts are funny.

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 01:32 AM

337. Congratulations!

Words cannot express what this site has been to me. Thank you for the gift that has been DU. May you be blessed in this next chapter of your life!

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 01:39 AM

338. Speechless...

I've been here since '04 and it seems like yesterday.

Thank you for everything and I wish you the very best in your future endeavors.

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 01:43 AM

339. Thank you, Skinner. You created my internet home since 2001! You'll always be in our virtual hearts!

Best of luck in the next,new,and exciting chapter of life.

PS - We're here to support you, EarlG and Elad!

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 02:22 AM

340. Added you , please add back on Twitter.. Onegaishimasu

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 02:36 AM

341. Thank you!

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 03:07 AM

342. Wishing you all the best, Skinner - and thank you for all you've given us.

Last edited Tue Aug 11, 2020, 06:24 AM - Edit history (1)

I've been here since DU.1 (early 2003) and I don't know what I would have done without DU over the years, it's more than a website for so many of us, it's become my home. So thank you for giving us a safe haven to gather with kindred spirits during so many turbulent times. And, speaking for myself, thank you for the opportunity to get quite an education. Please don't be a stranger!

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 03:10 AM

343. Thank you, Skinner.

You've been awesome for 15 years, and I love you. You did a great job with the site!

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 03:38 AM

344. Thank you for keeping us sane during the Bush years and now the Trump nightmare.

It's heartening to hear from like-minded people especially for those living in heavily red areas of the country.

Good luck to you in your future endeavors -- may you succeed in whatever life holds in store for you.

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 04:40 AM

345. Not bad not bad. Wish I had a nickel for every time I visited here.

good job kid. Enjoy your freedom

Amazing how fast time goes by, isn't it?
Sorry to hear you're leaving the old clubhouse

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 05:29 AM

346. Thanks for it all

I have been here for many years and through it all have loved your dedication and commitment to DU.

May the road ride to meet you and may you always find fair weather, safe harbour and kind companions.

Vaya con Dios!







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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 05:51 AM

347. Thanks and all the best to you! ❤ lmsp nt

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 06:48 AM

349. Thanks skinner....


It's been great...Kudos to the new owner and support dudes...

Keep hammering.....

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 07:14 AM

350. Many of us would have lost our minds without your efforts.

We certainly all appreciated all the tolerance and forbearance and hard work, and all of us wish you well, while looking forward to the continuance of DU under EarlG based on his long work with you.

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 07:25 AM

351. Thank you for all you have done here. I feel heart broken that you are leaving.

I first found DU via The Rude Pundit. He provided a link and urged his readers to surf on over, check out the site, and send a few bucks your way. I lurked for a long time, mostly out of fear that I wasn't informed enough to make intelligent replies to the posts. This place has helped a great deal, both with keeping me informed and sane. It is hard for me to believe that so much time has passed since I first came to DU. You will be missed! I wish you the very best of success and happiness in your new venture.

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 08:55 AM

352. Thank you, Skinner, for your vision, which has given us a safe and sane haven in this strange

And turbulent new millennium. May this new chapter in your life be filled with wonderful adventures, some of which we hope you will share with us.

Be safe and well.

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 08:55 AM

353. Thank you, Skinner, for your vision, which has given us a safe and sane haven in this strange

And turbulent new millennium. May this new chapter in your life be filled with wonderful adventures, some of which we hope you will share with us.

Be safe and well.

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 09:24 AM

354. Very grateful for this wonderful gathering place you created.

All my best to you.

Cyrano

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 09:27 AM

355. Thank you, David, for all that you've done for DU, and good luck with all you choose to do

in the future.

I want to congratulate you, too, for something I'm not sure anyone else here has mentioned (not sure -- I haven't read very many replies, was in shock when I saw this topic this morning, checking DU for the first time since a couple of hours before you posted this yesterday).

I want to congratulate you -- and your fellow admins -- for keeping Democratic Underground going, and growing, IN SPITE OF FACEBOOK.

I saw Facebook do massive damage to a lot of other online forums, completely shutting down many of them as people were lured away from interacting with wider groups into Facebook cliques. I saw this happen even in forums where people were posting with aliases because sensitive subjects were being discussed, subjects that could likely cause rifts with relatives, friends, coworkers and even employers if those people were honest about their feelings on Facebook. I've known many people who realized later that being lured into spending most if not all of their online time on Facebook was a huge mistake (and this was even before we knew about the privacy problems there, the foreign meddling, the platform's apparent bias, etc.), but that was too late for a lot of forums.

DU withstood the virtual maelstrom of Facebook.

I am so thankful to you (and to EarlG and Elad) for that.

For continuing to provide this sanctuary and debate forum and amazing information source for all of us.

I wish you all possible blessings and luck, with everything you do.

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 09:53 AM

356. Thanks for almost 20 mostly-wonderful years, Skinner...

DU was a haven for many of us during the Bush years. It was a less fun place during the Obama years, especially during the 2016 primary, for the reasons you listed above.

But DU was always here for us, and you gave us the tools to make our DU experience exactly what we wanted it to be.

DU was home. And it still is.

Wishing you and your family all the best in the future.

Sid

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 10:16 AM

357. Found This Site in the Dark Days of Nov 2004

Since then I have been here and gone...more often gone in non-Pres Election cycles.

But I have ALWAYS come back.

I have suffered the slings and arrows of being a left progressive & I have occasionally fired back; I have sipped of the sweet juice of the vine after progressive victories, and I have most of all made some lifelong friends.

This site is a real lifesaver for me as I am a diagnosed chronic depressive with (at times) severe anxiety; the friends I have made here and the support of ALL, let me stress ALL, even those I disagree vehemently with politically, has been such a comfort to me in my times of need.

DU has saved my life.

Thanks Skinner, may your road be full of good. Sending an agnostic prayer your way.

Tommy

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 10:20 AM

358. Thanks David

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 11:05 AM

359. Thanks Skinner...

for creating this safe space for us to vent, celebrate, mourn and, above all for me, learn. I have been here for most of the time with a couple of sanity 'vacations' from all politics and have been a host, served on MIRT, participated in the testing of this latest version before it fully introduced and learned so much from each of these activities and, most of all learned much from fellow DUers.

Thank you so very much, I will be donating and renewing my star membership during next week's fundraising to do my small part to help EarlG to keep DU in the 'family'.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 11:17 AM

360. You shall be missed.

But it doesn't go without notice that you're using a reference to a scene in a movie where the alien dolphins left earth because it was targeted for annihilation!

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #360)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 11:27 AM

361. I was worried that someone might make that connection.

I almost didn't use the title for that reason.

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Response to Skinner (Reply #361)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 12:25 PM

366. It all worked out in the end.

Didn't it?

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 11:57 AM

363. Thank you.

I have only been here since Sept 2016 but DU became a family to me and I have a chance to talk to like minded people. I wish you well on your journey through your new chapter of life.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 12:17 PM

364. Thanks for everything Skinner!



You mean the world to us.

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 12:20 PM

365. Thanks for Everything!

Please don't be a stranger.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 12:56 PM

367. Bonne chance.

Your work has been greatly appreciated.

-- Mal

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 01:25 PM

368. Thanks for your work. Did all the follows on Social Media

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 02:20 PM

369. Thank you and good luck with all you do

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 02:44 PM

370. Helluva run!

Thanks for creating this space!

Good luck in the future!

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 02:45 PM

371. Can't believe it's been so long.

where did the years go?

Good luck with your new endeavors.

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 03:12 PM

372. Oh, and by the way, as we say in Stockholm

Jag har aldrig skickat dig svensk fisk

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 03:18 PM

373. Good luck.



This has been my internet home for many years.

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 03:31 PM

374. So happy I found you... Thank you!

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 03:53 PM

375. Wow, end of an era, thank you for keeping this going through the years.

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 04:19 PM

376. Wado................thankyou........gineli.........friend ......and happy asuhuska...........fishing

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 04:23 PM

377. Thank you for everything, and good luck!

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 04:33 PM

378. Thank you for everything Skinner, and happy trails on the road to your next venture.

Amazing accomplishment, much to be proud of, wishing you the best of the best.

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 04:40 PM

379. Happy trails, Skinner. Thanks for all you have done. It has been a crazy ride

see you on twitter.---vivienne

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 05:31 PM

380. All the best

Thanks you guys were a beacon of sanity back then and even more so now.


Take care.

Cluedin your former mod.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 07:21 PM

381. Wow! DU without Skinner?

It's like trying to imagine Saturn without its rings.

Anywho, best of luck to you, David.

Congrats, Earl. You're now the Emperor of the Underground. I'm sure if you rule with both a light touch and an iron fist everything will be just groovy.

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 07:56 PM