Peter Sullivan, writing in Virtual Tucker Hotel #1, spring 2008: "Before we go any further, I need to make one thing perfectly plain. It's all Curt Phillips' fault.
"I, like a number of other fans, didn't get to go to Corflu. But we still had a real good time. And that, without any shadow of a doubt, is all Bill Mills' fault...
"Bill has already been involved in bringing technology to fandom, being the main man behind The Voice of Fandom podcasts. But for Corflu, he either volunteered – or got drafted – to set up a live video feed of parts of the convention. The video feed came with its own built-in chat-room.
"It is a fannish maxim that fans love to talk. So we all took to the chat-room like the proverbial ducks to water. When there was a live feed (as for the panel sessions, or the FAAN Awards banquet) we discussed what we were watching. When there wasn't a video stream, we discussed – well, just about everything else. We even managed to get a certificate designed and e-mailed, for presentation to Bill at the FAAN Awards Ceremony. As a small thank-you for all the work he put in, both setting it up and keeping it running throughout the convention.
"One of the other things that we discussed was that we'd like to do it all again. Curt Phillips was the one who uttered the immortal words 'What would you all think about having a fandom-wide live audio chat on a regular basis?' Starting the process that lead to the setting up of the first Virtual Fan Lounge and this fanzine.
"And, before I get a stream of irate e-mails, I'm sure there are precedents for fannish video feeds and chat-rooms before. Both in All Known Fandom (roughly defined as any fandom that thinks the Worldcon is part of their culture, however fringe). And even in what is increasingly being referred to as “Core Fandom.” (I know that some people don't like that term, but I'm not sure why. Be grateful – if it was up to me, I would call it (with a due nod to Prince) 'The Fandom Formerly Known As Fanzine Fandom' or 'TFFKAFF'.)
"But, unless anyone knows differently, I feel that Corflu Silver is the first such effort in Core Fandom to reach critical mass, and (hopefully) leave a lasting legacy."