At the time of posting (Apr 17, 2009 @ 10:47 GMT+1), members and supporters of |R|ubberist.net are greeted with this by now familiar front page. Yes, it seems the site’s founder has taken the site offline again for good, or for a few days, or maybe just a few minutes.
I’ve been a member (and now moderator) of the site for several years now, and have come to love the place, despite its bizarre navigational structure, and despite its sometimes silly to me quasi new age rubber evangelism. What I’ve come to realize is the site, and its earlier BBS format, has been a beacon of hope for guilt-ridden molded latex wearing loners (and others!) worldwide, who truly learned that they are indeed “not alone.” I’d even warrant a guess and venture that |R|ubberist.net was instrumental to LustLoveLatex.com and its creation.
So it’s a bit sad to even consider that the site may no longer exist. I hope its founder can be persuaded to at least archive it in its current state so that fellow rubberists can continue to find the excellent counsel and information that the site, when at its best, provided. Readers who share this hope are encouraged to contact the owner, or to post responses here.
Rest in Peace, IAR.