I must admit, I was fully prepared to see a response like, "Oh, new SoSHers are still making friends with other SoSHers, just not with you."I will say... to a smaller extent that sense of community continues to exist and it will always exist. I have remained friendly on an "off-board" basis with a lot of the SoSHers you are alluding to above. However, just over the past 18 months, I saw some of that same communal spirit in our poker group. Except for Zomp and Denzera, these were all SoSHers I didn't know before we started. I don't think I would have survived the pandemic without those guys. We were playing poker over zoom sometimes 4-6 nights a week. Nobody was in an office, so the games would go late into the night and sometimes into the early hours of the morning. With the restrictions loosening these days and people getting back into offices, the games have become much less frequent. Thankfully, there is still a weekly codenames game and we still play poker on the second Friday of each month. This group has also evolved into real life meetups and friendships which has been pretty cool to see.
Can't say I blame anyone for that. Except myself, of course.