Earthmen, Bond fans, friends!
Many of us visit the MI6Community on a daily basis and understandably so. For are we not one of the strongest Bond fan communities in this spiral arm of the Milky Way? (For the record, I have no information about the Andromeda Galaxy but when last I checked, UDFj39546284's Bond fan community is all but swallowed by the supermassive black hole that resides at its centre). And as we come in for a conversation, a drink, a game of blackjack or a spoonful of Beluga Caviare, we make friends and lots of them too. Naturally we know them mostly by their nicknames but then that's the nature of the medium. Even without a face or the sound of a voice, even without a handshake or a home address, we can still develop friendly bonds.
Yet what if one of us encounters a tragic event that upsets his or her life to the point where he or she can suddenly no longer drop by? Even the unspeakable is not outside the realm of the possible and, statistically speaking, the probable - if I may advance such a frightening thought.
So what if suddenly, unexpectedly and without any foretelling sign, one of us were to break all links with the forum? At first we might imagine that a person received such an insult from another member that an old-fashioned sense of pride prevents any further participation on the forum, but then wouldn't we somehow be able to figure that out? To be frank, any sudden disappearance without omens, warnings or threats, causes me to think bad thoughts, especially when PM's do not get answered.
How do you feel about that? Mightn't it be wise to entrust at least one of your closest co-members with some personal details or even to leave behind the email address or something of a good friend or relative? That way, should something terrible unexpectedly come your way, someone here might contact said friend or relative, inquire after your whereabouts and, if so desired, alert the rest of us. This is merely one option: I'm eager to learn about other options from you all.
Good grievance! What if indeed we find out one day that one of our good members has been taken away from us for good? A) Do we believe it? What if it's a prank or one last blow from an ill-tempered member? Can we verify the news? Would we want to? B) Would we rather not know about such things and assume the member has lost his interest in the forum but is otherwise doing well in life? ...
... Questions. I still have them after all those years when dealing in my mind with such issues. Sharing them with you felt like the right thing to do!