RIP boo_radley September 4, 2023 10:05 AM   Subscribe

A belated notification to MeFites that Jesse Porter, known to us as boo_radley, passed away in February of this year.

I knew Jesse through here and occasionally through the mail. My opinion of him became cemented over a decade ago when he sent me a pen and pencil set in honor of my fifth year of MetaFilter. It was so lateral, goofy, and kind. We didn't communicate much but I always enjoyed seeing his username on the site. He was a community builder and, in the words of the MeFite who let us know about his untimely passing "He was an excellent human being, here and elsewhere."
posted by jessamyn (staff) to MetaFilter-Related at 10:05 AM (130 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

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posted by aubilenon at 10:46 AM on September 4


Ach, such a recognisable name.
Joined around the same time I did. Vale booradley!
posted by jouke at 10:51 AM on September 4


I'm no good at eulogizing and I'm still pretty upset so I'm just going to say that Jesse was a good dude and a good friend, somebody I enjoyed talking to and somebody who cared about me, and I've never seen anybody with a bad word about him. He made everywhere he went better, and the world is worse for his absence.

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posted by Alterscape at 11:40 AM on September 4


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I was wondering what had happened to him just recently, and I was sad to hear had passed. What a fine MeFite.
posted by Kattullus at 11:52 AM on September 4 [7 favorites]


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posted by sillygwailo at 12:31 PM on September 4


Really sad news.
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posted by Lyn Never at 3:54 PM on September 4


Fuck.

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posted by cupcakeninja at 4:14 PM on September 4


Fucking hell, I didn't know. He was good people and a welcome presence in the greater mefisphere for long time. Random fond memory: that time he got someone stuck playing a game for like two years.
posted by cortex (retired) at 4:49 PM on September 4 [10 favorites]


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posted by FishBike at 4:55 PM on September 4


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posted by Slitherrr at 5:21 PM on September 4


I’m so sad. He was very fun presence and just an all around good person in my interactions with him and in games. My condolences to his family and friends, and to all those who loved him.
posted by gemmy at 6:32 PM on September 4


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posted by riruro at 6:48 PM on September 4


Random fond memory: that time he got someone stuck playing a game for like two years.

That was me . I am so saddened to hear this.

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posted by If only I had a penguin... at 7:02 PM on September 4 [12 favorites]


Oh, no! Such a fixture here and a good guy. I believe he joined around the same I did so his name has always been part of MeFi for me.

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posted by brundlefly at 7:11 PM on September 4


Aw, dammit. What a good guy he was. Deepest condolences to his family and friends.
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posted by porpoise at 8:17 PM on September 4


Hate to hear it. A lot of good years on many MeFi and adjacent spaces.

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posted by absalom at 8:20 PM on September 4


Oh, no :-(

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posted by zamboni at 6:28 AM on September 5


Fucking mortality.
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posted by Frayed Knot at 7:54 AM on September 5


I, too, recognize boo_radley as being a Very Good MeFite. Sorry to hear this news, he seemed like a great person.

(When I don't see a given username around here for a while, I sometimes wonder if they just drifted away, or buttoned, or really are gone. Over the years I have sent a few of you MeMail when I see you again after a gap, because it really does bring me joy to see a familiar names.)
posted by wenestvedt at 8:03 AM on September 5 [14 favorites]


dammit.

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posted by rmd1023 at 8:38 AM on September 5


Oh my gosh. I'm so sorry to hear this.
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posted by maryellenreads at 11:29 AM on September 5


In 2005, I went to E3 in LA with a bunch of my friends. Boo posted an AskMe about where to couch crash while attending, and I responded. He and a friend (neither of whom any of us had ever met) of his ended up sharing (2 or 3?) hotel rooms with us. They were good people.

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posted by eirias at 12:54 PM on September 5


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Sorry to hear this - he was good people.
posted by Ashwagandha at 1:12 PM on September 5 [1 favorite]


Always liked seeing his name on a comment.
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posted by not_on_display at 2:00 PM on September 5


What Katullus said.
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posted by Fizz at 6:15 AM on September 6


Oh I am so sorry. It’s hard to know someone peripherally through a user name, but he seemed like a really good person all around. My condolences to his family.
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posted by mygothlaundry at 8:48 AM on September 6


My deepest sympathies to all who knew and lived him. Requiesce in pace.
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posted by Trivia Newton John at 3:53 PM on September 6


I always enjoyed his username and his thoughtful participation in the site. RIP boo_radley; I am sorry for your passing. My condolences to those who were close to him.

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posted by drowsy at 5:53 AM on September 7


Very sorry to learn this. He was always a fun presence here on Mefi and seemed to be such a goodhearted soul. Condolences to his family and close friends.
posted by madamjujujive at 6:44 AM on September 7 [4 favorites]


well.

I'm so sad to learn this. This is indeed very sad news.

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posted by calgirl at 1:32 PM on September 7


So sad to see this. I don't know what the perfect answer is to keeping in touch with/abreast of the goings on with members of online communities that are ever-shifting in terms of participation and sometimes purposefully kept separate from our real-life identities, but perhaps it is not so different from other quote-unquote IRL communities that form for a season and not a lifetime.
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posted by NailsTheCat at 12:12 PM on September 11


Oh no. I'm so sorry.
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I’m gonna miss seeing their posts.
posted by MarchHare at 9:25 PM on September 14


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