Tuesday, November 5th, 2013, 9:16 pm
The DansDeals Forums (DDF) community is just incredible. People are constantly helping each other out, both online and in the real world. There’s such a plethora of information that it’s criminal not to check it out before going somewhere or even buying anything. Sure it can be a little rough for newcomers, but my best advice is to just look around and search before starting to post. Eventually you’ll learn how the community works and become a pro yourself.
The most interesting part though is that there have been some 600,000 posts made on DDF and there are dozens of members who have posted thousands of times each on the forums, though most of us have never met in real life. But I have gotten to put usernames together with faces on many occasions thanks to meetups across the globe.
Once you get past that 1,000 post plateau, and over 100 people have, you really start to belong to the community. We share in each others pain and joy and it feels like you’re part of a family.
The past couple weeks have held some rough news though.
First came the news that a longtime DDF member and contributor, who has a young wife and kids, was arrested. DDF members close to the situation have attested that he was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time and wasn’t involved, but he will now have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to clear his name and not spend his days in a cell. Immediately upon learning of the news DDF members started donating valuable items to be used as an incentive for people to donate to the cause. Prizes include 2 tickets to Israel with a free car, cell phone, and data card. A $1,000 hotel gift card, a Sony mirrorless camera, and much more. The raffle has raised over
$13,000 (Now over $20,000!) and you can still join too. Learn more on this website on how you can join or read more on DDF. The odds of winning this tiny raffle are pretty awesome and a single donation can get you an entry to win 15 different great prizes.
Then we learned yesterday that Jewda (a member who had posted over 3,500 times and contributed 75 deals that made the leap from DDF onto DansDeals.com) had fallen sick and passed away just a few days afterward. He left behind a young wife and a baby born after he passed away.
He was only on DDF for about a year but he made a huge impression on everyone.
It left me crying and shaken up as if I lost a relative. It takes news like this to remind us just how fragile life is and how we have to thank G-d for every second we’re given. Cherish the moments you have and make them count, you never know when they will be your last. You can read the DDF thread here and a beautiful post/online eulogy here.
Immediately upon learning the news a DDF’er set up a mishnayos signup sheet to learn for the elevation of his soul. And I’m sure in the coming days once we take care of our friend facing incarceration that we’ll try to raise funds to start a scholarship fund for the child who will never get to meet her friendly dad who left an impression on so many, even without meeting them face to face.
The DDF community truly shines on. I just feel lucky to be a part of it.