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Hotel Kpro
Feb 23, 2011

owls don't go to school

Dinosaur Gum

Quad posted:

I was a Goontube regular for a while and I have more FB friends now. I still check in.
Back when Goontube had just got started I had just gone through a dumb breakup and laughing at the most ridiculous videos goons could find was a huge help. I was stuck in a dorm room on an air force base and I have no idea what I would have spent my time doing otherwise but it probably wouldn't have been good.

I also like that this place continues to use the same dated forum style. Threaded forums are lovely to follow sometimes and I think lovely in a way they display content to suck in the reader. So thanks for not changing the site I guess

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Ralph Crammed In
May 11, 2007

Let's get clean and smart



My son had to come out via an episiotomy, which in layman's terms means 'we are going to cut your vagina and sew it back up'. For a week after he was born I was pretty much bedridden due to the pain of moving/sitting. I read the entirety of the r/relationships thread in GBS while lying in bed with Ralph Jr sleeping next to me and it really helped take my mind off having had my downstairs patched up.

Katamari Democracy
Jan 18, 2010

Oh, We understand.
A trip to collect a million votes, yes.
Oh, we know why.
We get the point of rolling up a million


Wedge Regret

I made a thread in E/N back in 2018 about my dad living with me and having cancer. I posted about his pain and his downfall. You can read the thread here: https://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3852532

This was back when Bobbie Wickam was a mod, and while she is banned now her and a lot of goons really helped me out a lot mentally and financially. During this time I was very fragile and I had goons tell me to find something on the forums and connect with to help with the pain and burden of losing him. It took me a year but I eventually started posting here more and I have shared my own fair share of blessings.

Basically SA has made me a better person than who I was since I first joined and the has been a huge investment.

E- Also I know posting this is basically doxxing myself. I have nothing to hide.

Katamari Democracy has a new favorite as of 00:39 on Nov 3, 2020

Violet_Sky
Dec 5, 2011



Fun Shoe

Ralph Crammed In posted:

My son had to come out via an episiotomy, which in layman's terms means 'we are going to cut your vagina and sew it back up'. For a week after he was born I was pretty much bedridden due to the pain of moving/sitting. I read the entirety of the r/relationships thread in GBS while lying in bed with Ralph Jr sleeping next to me and it really helped take my mind off having had my downstairs patched up.

I guess Ralph Jr was really crammed in.

Plethora
Aug 29, 2006

My thesis advisor told me to never use the word 'plethora' in an official document because it's 'ugly and distracting'.

I'm autistic, trans, and was adopted by an aging hermit couple who self-isolated in a desolate Ohio farm town. The only people my age were either junkies, Baptists, sadists, or a combination of the three, and every location was literally miles apart - impossible to go anywhere without a car, so my formative years were spent mostly alone.

Something Awful was my main socialization. I felt like there was an active community that, while I very rarely did more than just lurk (as I still do), I laughed harder and invested further than anything I could have at home or school. After each terrifying day in school I would laugh myself to tears on Fashion Swat and Flash Tub, the Better of for Worse megathreads, inside jokes, for many years it was one of my only sources of joy. It was all so fresh and new and MINE, a secret club of like minded people.

BaldDwarfOnPCP
Jun 26, 2019





Plethora posted:

I'm autistic, trans, and was adopted by an aging hermit couple who self-isolated in a desolate Ohio farm town. The only people my age were either junkies, Baptists, sadists, or a combination of the three, and every location was literally miles apart - impossible to go anywhere without a car, so my formative years were spent mostly alone.

Something Awful was my main socialization. I felt like there was an active community that, while I very rarely did more than just lurk (as I still do), I laughed harder and invested further than anything I could have at home or school. After each terrifying day in school I would laugh myself to tears on Fashion Swat and Flash Tub, the Better of for Worse megathreads, inside jokes, for many years it was one of my only sources of joy. It was all so fresh and new and MINE, a secret club of like minded people.

I can't lay claim to what you just said there but if not for SA I would not have been exposed to anything left of Clinton. My social set (extremely limited) would have defined my political landscape and I would be here crying tears for big poppa trump. Probably. I don't know I'd at least have had The Daily Show to watch at night. It couldn't have been that dire. Maybe I just take what I want from what I get and I'd always be a socialist.

I agree muchly with that last part. We don't really know if we are the hive mind, can complete each other's sentences, and maybe it's better left unspoken.

DicktheCat
Feb 15, 2011



Violet_Sky posted:

I guess Ralph Jr was really crammed in.

Out, rather, was the way he crammed.

Fluffy Bunnies
Jan 9, 2009

FUCK





Hotel Kpro posted:

Back when Goontube had just got started I had just gone through a dumb breakup and laughing at the most ridiculous videos goons could find was a huge help. I was stuck in a dorm room on an air force base and I have no idea what I would have spent my time doing otherwise but it probably wouldn't have been good.

I also like that this place continues to use the same dated forum style. Threaded forums are lovely to follow sometimes and I think lovely in a way they display content to suck in the reader. So thanks for not changing the site I guess

I played endless toddlers and tiaras because I wanted to make all of you suffer. In this, I was filled with joy.

CornHolio
May 20, 2001



Toilet Rascal

Hello, thread. I would have posted sooner but I didn't even know this thread existed. I don't get on much anymore, and when I do I stay in TVIV or AI.

Somethingawful dot com saved my life.

There was a thread eleven years ago. I posted in BFC because my wife had lost her job and I had a bunch of bills to pay. I did not realize at the time just how in trouble I was - over 40k in debt. After a lot of denial, and arguing, and drama, BFC helped me get my financials back on track. The thread spans three years but I created a budget, tracked my debt monthly and clawed my way out of debt.

Today I still have no debt (apart from a mortgage and two cars that are almost paid off...) OK I have no credit card debt. I still keep my budget up to date. I have two kids and buy what I want and largely don't worry about money like I used to. I can only imagine where I would be without the hard truths I learned here.

Somethingawful dot com saved my life and I thank everybody here, even those not involved, from the bottom of my heart.

JacquelineDempsey
Aug 6, 2008


If you read my previous posts itt, you'll see I've hit some pretty rough patches that goons have helped me out through.

My life has finally changed for the better --- I got a job and just landed an apartment --- and, unbidden, a goon sent me a HUGE gift card to Kroger so I can stock up my kitchen. Best loving housewarming present ever to this cook who hasn't had her own kitchen for 2 years.

Ugly In The Morning
Jul 1, 2010

Dang dicknose don't tuck that money under your eyelids!


Pillbug

JacquelineDempsey posted:

If you read my previous posts itt, you'll see I've hit some pretty rough patches that goons have helped me out through.

My life has finally changed for the better --- I got a job and just landed an apartment --- and, unbidden, a goon sent me a HUGE gift card to Kroger so I can stock up my kitchen. Best loving housewarming present ever to this cook who hasn't had her own kitchen for 2 years.

Many congrats! Thatís a huge turnaround!

nerdzrool
Aug 30, 2004

omg cake

4 years ago I left my ex-husband and a goon I'd never met in person let me move 8 hours back to the town my family lived in and stay with them for a number of months. I was jobless and almost penniless, and had nowhere to go. Now life is going fairly well for me.

Around that same time I started a fundraiser for a Canadian goon who's electricity was going to be shut off in the dead of winter. The goal was around 1,000 and I think the goons I asked for help ended up tripling that. They got them out of some serious credit card debt in addition to getting their power turned back on.

I joined the forums in my teens and have basically had lifelong friends from this experience. (I'm still friends with the kid who paid for my account because I was too young to have a credit card to use, but we've never met in person.) I'm 32 now.

As others have said, this forum has definitely changed my life.

Bollock Monkey
Jan 21, 2007

The Almighty


Iím still friends with someone I met at a London meet 10 years ago, and through them I met a whole host of cool people and went to some truly fabulous parties. We were never really that close but over the last couple of years weíve connected more and now it feels like this person really values me as a friend - I was among the first people they spoke to about some really huge changes they were making in their life. I feel privileged that a couple of drunk goonmeets led to a long-lasting and open friendship.

I met someone else who it turned out was a goon. I recognised one of their tattoos in the tattoo megathread. This discovery has given us something extra to connect around, and as small as that may be it's been fun talking to someone about the forums from time to time.

Iíll echo what others have said when they describe the journey from miserable edgelord to being a liberal, sensible adult. SA has been alongside me throughout that and will have influenced all parts of the journey.

Thereís a thread for everything and I will have learnt heaps through random browsing and absorption.

None of this is life-saving but it has been helpful and enjoyable and has influenced me in a big way, and I am really grateful for the experiences Iíve had as a result.

Iíve been here for about 15 years, registered for 13. I was a kid when I started browsing and I canít quite imagine not killing time on SA, even though I only tend to occupy a few subforums and threads on the whole.

luv u SA xxx

ekuNNN
Nov 27, 2004





Agrikk posted:

Wait. Goonfund? What is that?

A bit late, but:
Plinkey runs a mutual aid fund in Cspam for goons: https://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3903318

Generous goons who are able to do so donate into a common fund, and goons down on their luck can get support from it.
From each goon according to their ability, to each goon according to their needs, one might say.

JacquelineDempsey
Aug 6, 2008


A goon in this very thread offered me access to their Netflix account, as a distraction from my former woes, which I'm finally using now that I have solid internet and a place to plug in my monitor. Thanks to the goon who gave me the Kroger card, and this goon, I'm currently making homemade pasta sauce and about to binge some shows while eating a real healthy meal.

Goons can and do make life good.

BaldDwarfOnPCP
Jun 26, 2019





JacquelineDempsey posted:

A goon in this very thread offered me access to their Netflix account, as a distraction from my former woes, which I'm finally using now that I have solid internet and a place to plug in my monitor. Thanks to the goon who gave me the Kroger card, and this goon, I'm currently making homemade pasta sauce and about to binge some shows while eating a real healthy meal.

Goons can and do make life good.

This is my favorite thread.

Iím so happy things are going well for you.

Elentor
Dec 14, 2004


I went homeless this year. Despite me being a stickler, a friend goon pretty much ignored all the existing rules and tossed my paypal and patreon links around.

I was able to be back in one day, out from a situation that I'm pretty sure was gonna be hellish. During that day I was moving, I got covid (I mean, that isn't surprising right), so Lord knows what the gently caress would have happened had I been gone for longer or exposed.

While I'm still having rough patches here and there, the amount of donations and help I got was so overwhelming that I was able to get treatment for my health conditions and, well, live.

To say that goons literally saved my life would be an understatement. I guess most of all I felt cared for, in a way that, while in the depths, I forgot was possible.

credburn
Jun 22, 2016


ekuNNN posted:

A bit late, but:
Plinkey runs a mutual aid fund in Cspam for goons: https://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3903318

Generous goons who are able to do so donate into a common fund, and goons down on their luck can get support from it.
From each goon according to their ability, to each goon according to their needs, one might say.

I did not know about this! This is wonderful.

ThatNateGuy
Oct 15, 2004

"Is that right?"


Slippery Tilde

Something Awful has genuinely made me a better person. Through broadening my world, connecting me with other people in it, showing inspiring examples of compassion and generosity, helping me to better align my beliefs with reality, teaching me dozens of new things, and of course, endless hours of entertainment and laughter. I've even found love thanks to the connections I've made.

I have bought at least five accounts for new goons in the hopes that they benefit even marginally from this place as I have. And I'll continue to bring new people in.

These forums, you goons, have quite literally helped to save me from an early death either at my own hands due to depression or at someone else's hands for being a loudmouth. Y'all can tell I'm still the loudmouth, though.

Far from discouraging me about our future, this place actually gives me hope for humanity and I do not say that lightly.

I love this place and I love you goons.

drunkb
Aug 14, 2009




The Great Twist

I could quote dozens of times. However, today was important. I got my vaccine and I dropped my WiFi just to see you shitheads and laugh for my 15 minute waiting time. It was worth it.

Chernobyl Princess
Jul 31, 2009


While reading the eating disorders thread in E/N and seeing all the posters describe their NOS symptoms I realized that a client of mine who had been describing symptoms like loss of motivation, brain fog, reduced appetite, and difficulty swallowing wasn't having a reaction to medication, but was actually having an eating disorder relapse. They were able to get into treatment despite the pandemic, specifically a fantastic combined ED and Trauma clinic. Their symptoms improved dramatically over the course of that time, and they're more able to focus on the things that brought them into therapy in the first place.

I am *not* an eating disorder specialist, I'd absolutely have missed this for several more weeks had I not stumbled across a thread. Goons are helping people completely unrelated to the site, and I am extremely grateful.

Nessus
Dec 22, 2003

To witness titanic events is always dangerous, usually painful, and often fatal.





A goon helped me move for the low price of a delicious Wendy's meal. Later, a different set of goons taught me how to make ten thousand dollars. My forums investment has repaid itself immensely! I am glad we are all here.

Inceltown
Aug 6, 2019








Nessus posted:

A goon helped me move for the low price of a delicious Wendy's meal. Later, a different set of goons taught me how to make ten thousand dollars. My forums investment has repaid itself immensely! I am glad we are all here.

drat I wish goons had taught me how to make money. All I've learned is how to laugh at a distended rectum

BlankSystemDaemon
Mar 13, 2009

System Access Node Not Found



Learning to enjoy things that are ultimately harmless yet introduces you to new experiences is a good thing.

RFC2324
Jun 7, 2012

http 418



Inceltown posted:

drat I wish goons had taught me how to make money. All I've learned is how to laugh at a distended rectum



Goons have pushed me to be a better person in a ton of ways, by providing both good and hilariously bad examples.

Cowslips Warren
Oct 29, 2005

What use had they for tricks and cunning, living in the enemy's warren and paying his price?



Grimey Drawer

I will say that through my many downward spirals, this site has helped put poo poo into perspective and helped me realize I needed to become a better person. And also made me realize I know so little about so much, so gently caress it, time to get outta my comfort zone and learn some new poo poo.

Goons are overall good people.

Domus
May 7, 2007

Kidney Buddies


Goons didnít save my life, but they saved someone elseís. GPF had a thread in The Goon Doctor about his struggles finding a kidney. I thought Iíd get tested to see if I matched him. Long story short, he got a cadaver kidney at the last minute, but because Iíd already gone through a bunch of testing, I decided to donate to a stranger. My kidney went to North Carolina, and someone has a new lease on life. Never would have gotten involved if it wasnít for the thread.

Pixelante
Mar 15, 2006

You people will by God act like a team, or at least like people who know each other, or I'll incinerate the bunch of you here and now.


Domus posted:

Goons didnít save my life, but they saved someone elseís. GPF had a thread in The Goon Doctor about his struggles finding a kidney. I thought Iíd get tested to see if I matched him. Long story short, he got a cadaver kidney at the last minute, but because Iíd already gone through a bunch of testing, I decided to donate to a stranger. My kidney went to North Carolina, and someone has a new lease on life. Never would have gotten involved if it wasnít for the thread.

Holy crap. That's amazing.

(I tend to faint at blood tests. No organ donations in my future, til I'm done with them.)

RFC2324
Jun 7, 2012

http 418



Domus posted:

Goons didnít save my life, but they saved someone elseís. GPF had a thread in The Goon Doctor about his struggles finding a kidney. I thought Iíd get tested to see if I matched him. Long story short, he got a cadaver kidney at the last minute, but because Iíd already gone through a bunch of testing, I decided to donate to a stranger. My kidney went to North Carolina, and someone has a new lease on life. Never would have gotten involved if it wasnít for the thread.

This is amazing! Good job, and congrats to GPF 💖💖💖

Ugly In The Morning
Jul 1, 2010

Dang dicknose don't tuck that money under your eyelids!


Pillbug

Domus posted:

Goons didnít save my life, but they saved someone elseís. GPF had a thread in The Goon Doctor about his struggles finding a kidney. I thought Iíd get tested to see if I matched him. Long story short, he got a cadaver kidney at the last minute, but because Iíd already gone through a bunch of testing, I decided to donate to a stranger. My kidney went to North Carolina, and someone has a new lease on life. Never would have gotten involved if it wasnít for the thread.

You are the loving best, holy poo poo.

down1nit
Jan 9, 2004

outlive your enemies

Met my first friends in a new city when I posted a "Come to my place for a new year's eve party" thread somewhere and had 4 great goons end up in my place drinking and cracking wise. Kept in touch with all of them, one got me an apartment closer to downtown, one I ended up working with, one has moved very far away but who I still see on the nets here and there. The last one was a roommate for a while, but has since disappeared sadly. I think he had a poo poo ton of bitcoin at one point when we were roomies.

The best part of this is that while playing internet spaceships with the goon I was working with, we heard the same fire truck go by in the microphone of another person playing in the same teamspeak channel. Like it was going down the street, was picked up by my friend's mic, and then 10 seconds later, a rando heard the same firetruck racing down the same street. We immediately made plans to meet up and the rando turns out, worked on the same "block" as us. That rando is now one of my closest friends, is expecting a child soon, and moved to the suburbs near my wife and I. A close companion and a true friend, we still laugh about butts and idiotic photoshops though we're near our 40's.

If I hadn't posted an idiot thread to try to make some friends in a new city, I may still be alone in my bedroom with no life and no drive, hiding from the scary world of successful people, seething and jealous. As it stands, I'm rather well-adjusted, good at most social interactions, and not scared of folks I've just met, though I'm still shy mostly.... I like to think that the forums and the culture of laughing at and with the offensive, obscene, idiotic, and esoteric gave me confidence to approach any situation with a very useful eye for detail.

Thanks goons.

Thoons.

fake edit: skip this post and read the kidney post instead holy poo poo piss

Olive Branch
May 26, 2010

There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance.



I never had my life saved by a goon or these forums, nor do I have any stories like those of Domus or some of the earlier posters, but I have gotten lots of help, directly or indirectly, from here. Off the top of my head, these forums...

- Helped me make some friends after university through goon meets, although the regular meetups died off way before COVID-19;
- Guided me and followed me on my journey to improve my fitness (what's up, Shine and YLLS);
- Instructed me quite a bit on how to budget, invest money, and save for retirement; and
- Made me appreciate a relatively-stable community whose page layouts are so much better than any other social media's site.

I would like to say that thanks to the goons here, I have been able to give back to the community too. With what I learned from here, I have...

- Donated, and continue to donate, money to needy, hungry goons via the Goon Fund;
- Passed on knowledge to other people about passive investing and retirement, after much self-teaching and re-reading BFC posts; and
- Given my family and friends the motivation to work out and improve themselves due to my changing habits.

wheatpuppy
Apr 25, 2008

YOU HAVE MY POST!

Are there any ads or stickies for the goonfund? I never venture into CSPAM so I wouldn't have known about it if not for this thread.

I brought my Drake
Jul 10, 2014

These high-G injections have some serious side effects after pulling so many jumps.



wheatpuppy posted:

Are there any ads or stickies for the goonfund? I never venture into CSPAM so I wouldn't have known about it if not for this thread.

https://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3903318

wheatpuppy
Apr 25, 2008

YOU HAVE MY POST!


Yes, I do know where the thread is from the links here earlier. I was just wondering if *other* forums have any mention of it. It seems really cool! Everyone should know about it, but if they are like me and seldom venture outside their bookmarks page, they might be oblivious.

StrixNebulosa
Feb 14, 2012

You cheated not only the game, but yourself.
But most of all, you cheated BABA


Goonbucks and related are mentioned in the e/n rules thread, not that anyone reads that thing!

HelloIAmYourHeart
Dec 29, 2008

Send us signals in the glow
of night windows



Fallen Rib

wheatpuppy posted:

Are there any ads or stickies for the goonfund? I never venture into CSPAM so I wouldn't have known about it if not for this thread.


I've seen one of those banner ads for it at the bottom of the page.

RFC2324
Jun 7, 2012

http 418



StrixNebulosa posted:

Goonbucks and related are mentioned in the e/n rules thread, not that anyone reads that thing!

the gently caress is a rules thread?

Inceltown
Aug 6, 2019








RFC2324 posted:

the gently caress is a rules thread?

It's for the people who rule, probably why you've never heard of it

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Pastry of the Year
Apr 12, 2013



Inceltown posted:

It's for the people who rule, probably why you've never heard of it

This is a good vibes thread, buddy

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