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First, a little backstory In 2008, when I was about 15 years old, I was obsessed with The Sims games. So obsessed that I actively participated in a number of fan communities, which were typically structured as forums or primitive social networks. One of the larger fansites at the time—Insimenator—had suffered from operational issues for