Features or even dis-features that I think foster this community aspect of 200WAD:
A lot of my friends in high school once they got enlightened and became atheist or agnostic, started quipping at the fact that a christian might tell them, i'll be praying for you. They found that offensive. But we were 17 years old and drinking the delicious nectar of figuring it out in spite of all the suckers around us. So I agreed and said, yeah fuck those idiots!
A little later, maybe just a month? -- yeah teenagers change fast -- I thought differently. A christian praying for you doesn't mean they are implying that you must believe in God or whatever my friends had qualms with. It rather is a token. A token representing that they are using their energy to think about you and to wish you well. It's not about the prayer.... it's not about the token, it's about what it means.
Nowadays if you're like the average person, it's hard to forget someone's birthday. Your Facebook will remind you. But before this feature, remembering someone's birthday meant something. It was a token representing the care and time someone had spent on you. But now with such a friction-less feature, remembering someone's birthday really doesn't mean anything anymore. Forgetting still does mean bad stuff though haha.
Tech is all about removing friction. And sometimes it removes it in a way that satisfies us at the expense of fulfillment. The most popular websites make it uber easy to share things with each other. To embed things in sharing. Blah blah blah. Such features make people more likely to share, similar to how being surrounded by fast food restaurants will make one more likely to have a shitty diet.
On 200WAD, there is no sharing feature. You need to copy and paste a link. And your notifications disappear after you mark them as read. There is some friction here in the social aspect. And because of this friction this place feels less like a canned video game or generic movie script, but more an open world. And also because of this, any sort of social interaction, whether short-term or long-term, still feels real, still gives us fulfillment.
While moving a couch you ask someone walking by nicely if they can help you, they might say yes if they're not busy and then they'll feel good for having helped you. If you offered that same person minimum wage to help you move it, they'll probably decline.
On 200WAD, every social interaction feels more like the former because of it's lack of sharing/techy features. It gives us the benefit of intelligence. That we will figure out how to connect with each other instead of treating us like imbeciles and nudging us to do 100 million things to show the other person we care.
On this site, unlike others, simple tokens of gratitude and intimacy such as a comment or a link-share, feel like they have value.
Welcome back, Gabriel!
BTW, what made you leave in the first place?