I do realize and respect that there is a push to make ODeck more on-topic and content rich. There are many here who create exquisite content, downright professional content, and do so without any hope of compensation or any real recognition even though their hard work can be immediately shared to the mainpage where unique pageviews translate to dollars, which in turn translate to gold-trim on Nick Denton's yacht. I dig that we are both a content farm and a collective built around certain ideas that deal with genre fantasy and related junk.
However, we are also a community of people and, being such, we constitute a kind of social network. So when I share a cute picture of my dog staring down a wind-up devil and am told that the ODeck is not facebook, I must disagree with this a little. ODeck is facebook for me; it's my facebook. It is the first online community I have ever been sincerely engaged in. I never took virtual social interactions seriously before coming to io9. I really only viewed the social side of cyberspace as a way to pretend to be something else. I would try to explore just how convincing I could be as another person and never earnestly considered that there was a real person at the other end who was believing me and if they did believe me, well, that was their damn fault for being so gullible.
But io9 and Odeck changed that. It made me want to be me. Actually it made me want to be a better version of me and in the process which allowed this to occur I discovered I'd made a lot of friends here. And as friends we share things with each other, but not all of these things are essays or other content rich material.
Everyday, early in the AM for us yanks, our beloved FrankN.Stein, sends humorous and informative little micro-posts from far away in the magical realm known as Germany, usually with no more than a sentence or two attached. This morning, for instance, he micro-blogged the story of an incredible art installation in New York. But more often than not, his posts aren't about some highfalutin, conceptual sculpture out of hipster infested Brooklyn. They will be little jokes and humorous tidbits; material which is decidedly content adverse but fun. Why would he do such a thing? Because he wants to make you smile. Because you are his friends and he wants to share things that make him laugh with you in the hopes that you will laugh too.