Free, Family-Friendly, Fun: FAST
After starting a forum connected to the FAST website in 1997, and keeping it going for 23 years, it seems like it's finally time to say goodbye to the mailing list.
This decision was ultimately made by Yahoo, which decided to officially shut down Yahoo Groups effective December 15, 2020.
Though Yahoo Groups wasn't the first server, and we've had to migrate before, participation has declined significantly over the past years. People have found other places and websites to connect. Since the need now seems minimal, it feels like the right time to let the FAST mailing list go.
Please know this doesn't impact the website. Though the site is largely untouched (and in some cases outdated), I have plans to keep it online until/unless Angelfire goes away. Yet this also changes things with the site, since the group was often where the discussions and contributions for articles came in. The site will largely be more like an archive of old content moving forward.
I'm incredibly sorry, but do know that, unlike decades ago, there are now many sites to turn to and places to connect with others. If you're looking for a forum, I hope you'll find a loving and supportive community, just like FAST was for many of us over the years.
My sincerest of thanks go out to those of you who participated, and made it such a wonderful group to belong to over these many years. I hope we will find ways to still connect with the community we created.
P.S. The testimonials originally on this page still appear below, for nostalgia's sake.
What Members Said
"This is one of the few places I feel understood."
"It helps me remember I am not a freak, I have a disease that, while serious, is manageable and helps make me who I am."
"There were times when no one in the 'real world' had a clue of what was going on or even what to say. At those times, there was always an understanding ear here on FAST."
"I have learned that I am not the only one living with this and I have learned from others' experiences and have been able to share my experience with others."