While discussing a somewhat acrimonious issue I encountered a comment that the boingboing community used to be weirder. I have no historical perspective on that, but I’m pretty sure we’ve got lots of weird people around here and it just doesn’t come out in the conversation.
This is a place to run your freak flag up the pole and proudly state your weirdness. As such, I’m putting out a couple of rules:
- No negativity about other people’s weirdness
- No oneupsmanship
- No telling someone else their weird thing isn’t weird, if they are posting it here their experience of it has been a weirding experience (this should be obvious from  and , but I wanted to say it explicitly)
- No dragging this thread into an argument to make a point (this rule to specifically address the thread that inspired me to make this one - I’m not trying to prove anything, just trying to create some positivity)
Also, if you are sensitive to this sort of thing, if this thread is at all successful it might involve mentioning sexual kinks (not to be explicit, but fetishes and BDSM stuff are a way that people are “weird” that they might be proud of).
Of course starting this thread feels weird to me because I don’t know what to say about myself. Probably my most weird features are mental health issues that I wouldn’t say I’m proud of. Still, I can put up a few things:
- I unapologetically love spreadsheets. I make them all the time for all kinds of things. Years ago I made a blog post defending the honour of spreadsheets when I felt they were publicly under attack
- I proudly don’t know what gender I am
- I grew up a table-top RPG gamer and have written a 200+ page RPG manual for my own game
- I’ve played more than zero games of strip Magic: the Gathering
Pretty tame for now, but if the discussion actually takes off I might have more to say.