Alt.support.shyness is arguably the first and oldest incel community on the web. It was founded as a Usenet forum/newsgroup all the way back in 1988. It was a purplepilled community constituting the first set of people who would make up the incelosphere. Think of Usenet as open forums where anyone can read and post. On alt.support.shyness, like any modern day forum, there were interesting discussions which typically consisted of dating advice and coping strategies.
The group can currently be found at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/alt.support.shyness
Gender Separation Beginning[edit | edit source]
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[edit | edit source]
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)).