So I am not a writer, and this is not a community, but I feel like I belong to a very special "other world" where I meet and greet and sometimes get to know people in my real life, but I always find people of of "my preferred ilk" here on OS.
I have lived in on-line communities since 1996, and I have real-life friends from then still active in my now real-life.
Since 1996, the question for on-line relationships has always been, how will I know if something happens to you? Things always happened to people in my real-life, so it seemed natural that things would happen to my on-line friends.
Most people typing away on-line do so in solitary -for whatever reason. (Although there are notable couple-exceptions here on OS!). Maybe not so much here because we live among so many real writers and artists who publish under real names. But most of us write aloud anonymously for safety reasons, and become available in real-life to all those we learn to trust.
Maybe nobody we love in our real lives even knows about our OS. They wouldn't know to tell OS if something happened to one of us. My guy knows.
Dakini Dancer's (Josie's) sudden death brought this all home for me. Back in the pioneer days, several companies set-up to provide notification to your on-line worlds in the event of your tragic death. I doubt they still exist in today's technology environment, but the concept is still extremely valid.
If YOU died suddenly and tragically tomorrow, how would we know?
Who in YOUR life will come here and explain? Will we be left to just think you disappeared?
I know I check up on missing friends in PM. I worry. I am especially worried about one of our own right now.
Please use the beloved Dakini Dancer's example once more - make sure that someone you love knows how to do what Judy did for her beloved Aunt.