Wet Shaving and the Internet

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Wet Shaving and the Internet

Post by drmoss_ca » Wed Jun 10, 2020 12:35 pm

I was perusing another forum today, and laughing as I read the nonsense that is being posted about the past. But as I read on, and as it became more and more wrong, I decided there ought to be some record of the history of shaving forums. Goodness knows, there have been a lot of them, with lots of splits and schisms. I'm a bit tired of going somewhere and listening to 'senior members' who first grew a beard five minutes ago crow about how ancient and wonderful their forum is, or how it has the largest back catalogue of information while insulting the banned founder. Or telling beginners that they must buy this particular hone (especially distasteful if they are a vendor and just happen to sell it) or they will never get a decent shave. Or even a vendor with the nerve to start their own forum and allow only reviews of their products (seen that one several times! One of them led directly to SMF being formed in 2004). Maybe I should start writing it down for anyone who cares. On an initial attempt to do so I started searching e-mails, saved AIM chats, notes of phonecalls and saved PMs on many forums. Messages from people like Lynn, Laz, Yo!Adrian, Sixshooter, Judge Carl, Ray DuPont, Joel Ferman, Corey Greenberg, Bullgoose, Giovanni The Persistent Idiot, so many others, some fools and reprobates, some wise and decent. I found myself unwilling to go through with it, as there was so much simple nastiness to be found. Are shavers such horrible people? Is it a testosterone/beard-growing thing? It would be a long and depressing document for me to record everything I know and have saved. I feel like someone saying "I know where the bodies are buried"! I've had hours-long phonecalls from respected names who accused other well-known names (much less respected!) of fraud and even murder! Maybe I'll collate and write it all out for publication after I'm gone, or just be available for interview.


Yes, that makes so much more sense.

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Re: Wet Shaving and the Internet

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Re: Wet Shaving and the Internet

Post by fallingwickets » Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:20 am

Maybe I'll collate and write it all out for publication after I'm gone,
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I wish I knew about the sites you were talking about so that I could go follow the intrigue, but I only know smf. I visited blade and badger at the very beginning of my shaving forum career(?)for a week or so ( :roll: #-o :roll: #-o ) but never went back. smf is all i know thankfully, but i would still luv to know all the ins and outs of the forums histories

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Re: Wet Shaving and the Internet

Post by rustyblade » Sat Jun 13, 2020 6:02 pm

Lots of skeletons in that closet. When you mentioned Giovanni it brought back some memories! Every hobby forum has its same host of characters and some hobbies have a higher concentration of testosterone induced idiocy than others (check the pickup truck forums for instance, or <shudder> the gun forums). I’m not sure of what you recently speak of as I’ve been away for awhile, I’ll assume it’s a forum that rhymes with Bodger & Bladder.

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Re: Wet Shaving and the Internet

Post by kooshman7 » Sat Jun 13, 2020 6:53 pm

I can say it isn't just you that has thought there should be some record of the history of shaving forums. I've had that thought on occasion and oddly enough was having it today as I've been looking through old information and considering how to consolidate the information I'm reading. I've taken to recording more info as I go. Mostly it has to do with pictures of shaving brushes I like, but what is of interest to me has increased with the years. When something was introduced, when it was taken away, reformulations, etc. There are bad sides to the internet as with all things, but sometimes you can be surprised and touched with just how great the community as a whole can be and what they can do when we work together.

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