I did some computery stuff to get the image. I looked at it. It showed two people sitting on a beach. As it is not too unusual with xkcd, I didn't get the message. So I consulted explainxkcd
. They didn't get it either. So I consulted the forum. They had already found out that the image changed.
From that moment on I had two places to check for xkcd news – the main page and some source for Time newpixes: the forum, explainxkcd, and later The Viewer
But still noone really understood what was going on. I saw the thread evolve. People of very different ages, professions and interests joined their forces to investigate Time, forming the OTT.
From what I know of such diverse communities, I gave it a few days before it exploded in a big flame war. But it didn't. It remained one of the friedliest places I have ever seen in the Internet. And it was productive: It revealed the mysteries of Time to an extent I could barely believe, and it produced some outstanding fan-fiction.
Time **ded. I gave the community a few weeks to fade away. But it didn't. Some people basemented, but some others joined and/or delurked. So did I.
Thanks y'all for the OTT, the molpiest place in the Internet.
And many thanks, Randall, for creating xkcd and Time!
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