Eight years ago today the io9 staff created Observation Deck.

Want to chat with your fellow io9ers about any topic you want? We’ve got an open discussion forum going 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in a place we call the Observation Deck.

If you’ve never read up on the history of io9, a retrospective from its fifth year anniversary does a really good job of summarizing what its point was.

One thing I’d insisted on right from the beginning was that we have science stories as well as culture and futurism. Nick [Denton] was dubious, but he came around. And now our science coverage is absolutely crucial to what we do. We want to present you with a clear vision of what tomorrow could bring, and that includes reporting on real science, as well as analyzing science fiction and futurism.

It was a neat place, sort of a one-stop shop blog for science, SF/F, and futurism. But then one day it was pushed (or possibly shoved) down the stairs and it’s never been the same since. Observation Deck continues to exist, somewhat lessened from its heyday but with age comes wisdom. Or folly. Or both.

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Today’s topic, if you choose to discuss it:

What is the earliest record you have of interacting with (reading, writing, or otherwise) Observation Deck?

Alternate topic:

What is the cool and exciting thing that happens in the next 12 months (in reality or otherwise) that you are the most excited about?

author’s answers: Looking through my email account I mentioned an Observation Deck comment in a chat in late April 2012. But that link doesn’t work anymore since it was pre-Kinja. So my earliest record of interacting with Observation Deck might be when I first posted to it in March 2013.

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The cool and exciting thing that will definitely happen in the next 12 months is that The Winds of Winter will get released and it’s gonna be amazing or it won’t happen at all. Either way, I’m ready.