A Possible Measure for the WW

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EDIT: Site is up: intosanctuary.com

It has been stated clearly and politely by the site team that those who liked the WW should probably look elsewhere for their forum needs as the Escapist will not be hosting it or anything like it in the future. (A rules change will happen though for sure sometime down the line.) Now, after giving this a lot of thought, I've decided I'd like to freely contribute my resources to something as a replacement.

Here's the good news.

I can give you guys a fully featured forum where ANYTHING can be discussed and the rules are a lot more lax. This will not be a "chan" board. This is a full forum. Fully implemented. Ready to go. Pretty much all the work is done. I'll just have to make a few adjustments.

Here's the bad news.

In 3-4 months, I'll have to leave on my religious mission, so I won't be able to admin the site then. When I get back, I do plan to start the forum permanently back up again bigger and better than before, but until that happens... Yeah. I CAN and am very happy to give out the database when it's done and someone else can take up the torch. However, know that it will require some money for hosting. (Actually not much, believe it or not. Even less if you really don't need off-shore hosting like I have.)

So that's a thing that can happen. I'm willing to do this for you guys because I dearly miss the days when I could say whatever the hell I want to without anyone breathing down my neck, feds and lawyers included. My site is definitely not a totally lawless place, but again, it is lax.

These will be the rules everyone will be required to follow:

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Ultimately it's up to you guys though. There's no right or wrong answer here. Having said that, if this is what you want, you will have experienced something FEW people on the internet can say to have experienced. The freedom to truly post whatever you wish within actually reasonable rules.

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American Tanker said:
I hope you know what you're getting into. I've seen you sometimes flip out at even light prodding by the members. Know that I'm not going to save you if someone makes a mean thread about you or calls you out in a thread as long as it's relevant to the conversation flow.

Souplex said:
There's the door.
Not if I don't get enough people who want it. I'm not going to put the work into launching this without at least 7 people.
 

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I'm having such a weird case of deja vu right now.

But good luck to ya, hope it takes off. Although isn't there free forum hosting sites, or does that limit what you can actually do with a forum?
 

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Doesn't sound like my thing, but best of luck.

Also dude, religious mission? Are you mormon? I honestly didn't know that!
 

Arnoxthe1

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Sassafrass said:
isn't there free forum hosting sites, or does that limit what you can actually do with a forum?
Yes. And yes. Forum hosting sites also don't give you access to the database either I think. And they're usually US-based. And you get little control over the domain name. So unless you only need a quick throwaway forum and/or are REALLY not picky as long as you have a forum, then yeah, sure. Go for it. That's not at all what I wanted though.

The actual forum software that I use (SMF) is free, but everything else about the site is not. And even further, when I get back, I plan to buy a license for XenForo on top of everything else and really pimp it out. So even SMF's gonna go in the future. Although I have to say, as long as you don't mind doing some extra work, SMF is still pretty solid.

Silentpony said:
Also dude, religious mission? Are you mormon?
Mhm.

Sassafrass said:
I'm having such a weird case of deja vu right now.
BreakfastMan said:
I know, right?


Besides on here, do I know you turds?
 

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Arnoxthe1 said:
I appreciate the sentiment, but I feel like I'm mostly popping up on these forums out of habit than as a result of any particular need or curiosity, so I'm not really keen on joining a new forum right now TBH.
Besides, wherever you're recruiting, you'll only get some of the users in that community interested - if you're only looking at the Escapist crowd, I doubt you'd have enough folks for a lively conversation.
That being said, good luck and don't let my griping discourage you, I'm just being kinda crotchety, I guess.
 

Arnoxthe1

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Ugicywapih said:
I doubt you'd have enough folks for a lively conversation.
That's why I'm not starting anything till there's seven people at least signed on.

I think you all are overthinking this, honestly.
 

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Johnlives said:
But what will become of Epyc Wynn?
I hope we never hear of him again, and if he does show up at Arnox's forum...

Nuke him from orbit with extreme prejudice. It's the only way to be sure.
 

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American Tanker said:
Johnlives said:
But what will become of Epyc Wynn?
I hope we never hear of him again, and if he does show up at Arnox's forum...

Nuke him from orbit with extreme prejudice. It's the only way to be sure.
You do realise pony stuff will be fine there?
 

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Johnlives said:
You do realise pony stuff will be fine there?
Just don't make a point of constantly bombarding me with that shit and I'll be fine.

Go out of your way to respond to every single one of my posts with that shit, you'll be on my block list before you know what hit you.
 

Arnoxthe1

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BreakfastMan said:
you are not the only person from here who decided to create their own forum, with blackjack and hookers.
That may be, but I actually made this forum a long while ago. Right now, I'm just asking you all if you'd like me to dust it off and recommission it in place of WW so others can use it. This is a good forum too. It's got some features even nicer forums don't have such as a (gasp) actually viewable ban list. So innovative. There was a chatbox at some point as well but I took it out because I felt like it detracted from the forum itself too much.
 

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How would you envision the upkeep to be garnered? Ads and donations mostly, I'm thinking, right?

Concerning ads..To get around certain practices, ads would have to be pretty in your face intrusive or baked into the site on a fundamental level to reach their intended audiences..Which could be unwelcome.

Donations require not only willing and able participants, but also a generous and involved personality.
Were you thinking of some form of premium membership like the Escapist's or some such similar arrangement possibly?

I'm intrigued, but will remain on the fence until further developments.
 

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Vendor-Lazarus said:
How would you envision the upkeep to be garnered? Ads and donations mostly, I'm thinking, right?
There are no ads. No need at all for donations. I pay for everything all by myself because I'm a big girl.
 

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Arnoxthe1 said:
Vendor-Lazarus said:
How would you envision the upkeep to be garnered? Ads and donations mostly, I'm thinking, right?
There are no ads. No need at all for donations. I pay for everything all by myself because I'm a big girl.
Good to know. Thanks for the quick reply.
I did say that I would leave if they kept the WW closed, but then Menashe came back with 'news'..
I'll be watching this thread closely though.