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The oldest online incel community was the Ast.support.shyness newsgroup founded in 1988. It was a Usenet purplepilled community constituting the first set of people who would make up the incelosphere. Think of them the open forums where anyone can read and join. On alt.support.shyness, like any modern day forum, there were interesting discussions which typically consisted of dating advice and coping strategies.
Gender Separation Beginning
This the beginning of a gender separation in the incelosphere. When it came to shyness, men tended to talk about Incel-related problems while women tended to shyness in non-romantic settings (like public speaking or not having enough friends, in general). There was talk about splitting things up between genders since it pained some of the men too much to hear about a young woman needing help not being shy during a job interview when they, themselves, were twice her age and hadn’t even kissed anyone.
Migration to an Incel Forum
Anyway, on May 16, 1998, Alt.support.shyness was invited to Alana's Incel/Invcel website and mailing list.5 Thus, the people who would make up the early Incel communities were separated based on being Incel, rather than based upon gender. (Another early community was the Yahoo group (Oct. 28, 1999)).6