I learned that Yahoo! plans to shut down their website Geocities.com later this year. Geocities was the main service where Aladdin fansites where hosted in the early days of the community. Some are gone, like the Jasmine fansite Jasmine’s Menagerie, many still survived the fast changing Internet and although their owners left their site to fall down in the abyss of the web, I feel they represent the history of the community as it once was, buzzing with activity, great discussions, old friendships, and lots of creativity.
Take Welcome to Agrabah for example, it is the first fansite its owner founded the Aladdin Mailing list, ran the Aladdin webring and co-wrote some of the best fiction ever.
Sadira’s Sand Scrolls was the first bring fan fiction to the outside world where it first was only circulating in the mailing list or was not online at all. Jasmine’s Oasis is one of the last good Jasmine fansite still online.
I send messages to the old and new communities to try get in contact with its owners to get permission to archive them at Streetrat.