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Amanda Palmer

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BRING BACK THE FORUM.
« on: December 01, 2017, 02:56:28 PM »

i am so fucking sick of facebook and twitter and the way it's destroyed how awesome the internet used to be.
WHO'S WITH ME?
but LOOK, it's a FORUM. i can't believe it's still here. this forum has been here since A LONG TIME AGO.
people used to talk to each other, and it was really nice. people even met and got fucking married through this forum.
BRING IT BACK.
really. let's talk all day. i'm at my computer for the next three hours. i'll check back every few minutes to hug you here.
the end.
also, free to talk about how you miss the internet of 2004, this is a fine place to do it.
xxx in internet solidarity xxxx
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december 1st, 2017. save the date fuckers. this is the day i went back to my forum.
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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2017, 03:04:02 PM »

AMEN
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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2017, 03:06:46 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2017, 03:17:29 PM »

Can a facebook admin scream: ‘hell yeah!’? Yes she can.
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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2017, 03:24:05 PM »

OMG I remembered my password on only the third try! I’m in! I honestly never saw the point of Facebook.
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2017, 03:26:43 PM »

OMG I remembered my password on only the third try! I’m in! I honestly never saw the point of Facebook.

I had to request a new one. Used to have a different account here but lost access 😳
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« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2017, 03:36:08 PM »

Test. Breaker breaker.
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« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2017, 03:52:44 PM »



There's no place like home. We've got ALL THE THREADS, you can see what is posted (what a miracle!), we're not being monitored and monetized, and anything goes.
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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2017, 03:52:59 PM »

I still check this forum quite often and I really hope it will rise from the ashes. I really miss it, I really miss people I've met here, I really miss chatting about completely random stuff and then suddenly getting into a super deep discussion with some stranger from other side of the world. God, I loved the internet back then.
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Re: BRING BACK THE FORUM.
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2017, 04:09:22 PM »

me too.

this iteration wil be different.  the fan base is different.
but the spirit is the same.

i plan to try to help them all learn about the software, & why the community that  was here used it in the way we did. 

especially trying to start a new topic for each new discussion.

I still check this forum quite often and I really hope it will rise from the ashes. I really miss it, I really miss people I've met here, I really miss chatting about completely random stuff and then suddenly getting into a super deep discussion with some stranger from other side of the world. God, I loved the internet back then.
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« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2017, 04:19:11 PM »

I truly kind of miss this place. Good conversation, nice people (mostly), some banter, some beefing. But it was way better then the information overload of nowadays.

I think we, People From The Offtopic Land, had a thread last year about the good and bad sides of the board, and why people left.


(And I recognize halft of the people on this thread! :mrgreen: )
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« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2017, 06:54:16 PM »

Well, if Len says it's a thing to do......
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« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2017, 07:05:21 PM »

why thank you, one of my mentors as a fan & an example of a fine sbox poster!!!

Well, if Len says it's a thing to do......
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« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2017, 07:19:08 PM »

I miss this dang place. I basically spent my teens here, mutually dissecting lives with 50 or so beautiful weirdos from around the world in graphic detail.

I learned how to write songs here. I learned how other people were going through the same shit as me growing up queer. I'm pretty sure I learned how to give a blowjob here.
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« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2017, 07:38:24 AM »

Blimey - seems like old times :-)
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« Reply #15 on: December 02, 2017, 01:50:22 PM »

I think I signed up for an account as the forum here was dying, alas, and Facebook taking up everyone's time. I'd love to help bring it back! :)

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Re: BRING BACK THE FORUM.
« Reply #16 on: December 02, 2017, 04:48:16 PM »

look around.  start some topics.  comment on some old ones.  ask other fans to check us out. 
keep an eye on
http://www.theshadowbox.net/forum/index.php?action=unread;all;start=0

sooner rather than later, as we have quite a few more people checking in right now!?!

I think I signed up for an account as the forum here was dying, alas, and Facebook taking up everyone's time. I'd love to help bring it back! :)
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« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2017, 04:52:57 PM »

for newcomers, i wrote a
"brief guide to this forum".
http://www.theshadowbox.net/forum/index.php?topic=60546.0
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« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2017, 07:03:45 PM »

WELL DANG, HERE WE ARE AGAIN

I'm p sure the last time I was here i was probs being all fangirl-y and lol I kinda wish the me from 7 years ago could see where that story ended up going :')

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« Reply #19 on: December 02, 2017, 07:08:01 PM »

WELL DANG, HERE WE ARE AGAIN

I'm p sure the last time I was here i was probs being all fangirl-y and lol I kinda wish the me from 7 years ago could see where that story ended up going :')

Oooh that’s you! Hi :-)
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« Reply #20 on: December 02, 2017, 07:46:43 PM »

Oh I am ALL over this. Bring back secure, non-trolly, real-ass conversation.

The feeling that you know the folks you converse with.

The ability to actually maintain some sense of real community.

Oh thank you thank you for a small resurgence of the internet I knew <3
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« Reply #21 on: December 03, 2017, 12:14:58 AM »

I need more of this community in my life, I missed this place
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« Reply #22 on: December 03, 2017, 03:40:23 PM »

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« Reply #23 on: December 04, 2017, 07:43:52 PM »

Holy crow! Signed in on my first attempt! I’m not as forgetful as I thought! I was in some great forums like this back in the day and miss the connection you got from them. Let’s bring this shit back, yo!!!
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« Reply #24 on: December 04, 2017, 08:36:49 PM »

I AM SO FUCKING IN!!

Gods this DAY!!!

And to top it off the mother of my ex-boyfriend posted racist shit on my FB. Like WHAT the actual FUCK bitch? Though why am I even friends with her? I don't remember. Anyway.

Let's do this shit. And LOFNOTC. And sharpies. And wine. And crancing!! Omg, I miss crancing!  Let's crance now!
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« Reply #25 on: December 05, 2017, 01:40:07 AM »

I'm so into this! I've not been around here in years! Wow.
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« Reply #26 on: December 05, 2017, 06:37:12 AM »

Never really used facebook much anyway!So many fond memories of this place. I had checked back a few times but was always disappointed that there wasn't much conversation happening. So glad to see a few people returned. Here's hoping for a revival of the Box. It will probably make it easier, if people can actually access a mobile version of it. I know there are apps that can handle fora reformatting for mobile, but will have to look more into it.
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« Reply #27 on: December 05, 2017, 07:11:14 AM »

Never really used facebook much anyway!So many fond memories of this place. I had checked back a few times but was always disappointed that there wasn't much conversation happening. So glad to see a few people returned. Here's hoping for a revival of the Box. It will probably make it easier, if people can actually access a mobile version of it. I know there are apps that can handle fora reformatting for mobile, but will have to look more into it.

Marjolien has already mentioned that Tapatalk is capable of accessing the sbox (this forum), once the admins add the ability to allow that access.

It be useful to know of others.
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« Reply #28 on: December 05, 2017, 07:17:03 AM »

Quite a few fans who have tried to register for a new account got a database error.

Hayley has noted on Twitter that Team AFP is aware of the problem & is working on it.
(Not clear to me it's everyone who has tried to get an account since Amanda's tweet. 
If you have opened a new account since Amanda's tweet annoucning this thread
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please comment.  It's useful info in understanding a software problem like this.)

Those of us with accounts working can start bringing this place alive again with new topics.
Though I'm very eager for new sboxers to ring their spirits here.

(btw, i'm neither an admin nor a mod here on the sbox.  Just a very deciated fan & poster who has used computers for a half century.  Also written & fixed software almost that long.)
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« Reply #29 on: December 05, 2017, 07:17:24 AM »

Never really used facebook much anyway!So many fond memories of this place. I had checked back a few times but was always disappointed that there wasn't much conversation happening. So glad to see a few people returned. Here's hoping for a revival of the Box. It will probably make it easier, if people can actually access a mobile version of it. I know there are apps that can handle fora reformatting for mobile, but will have to look more into it.

Marjolien has already mentioned that Tapatalk is capable of accessing the sbox (this forum), once the admins add the ability to allow that access.

It be useful to know of others.

Tapatalk is quite common amongst other places as well, so I imagine it'd work well here. I'll give it a go, although I prefer logging in from my computer.
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« Reply #30 on: December 05, 2017, 07:24:51 AM »

Never really used facebook much anyway!So many fond memories of this place. I had checked back a few times but was always disappointed that there wasn't much conversation happening. So glad to see a few people returned. Here's hoping for a revival of the Box. It will probably make it easier, if people can actually access a mobile version of it. I know there are apps that can handle fora reformatting for mobile, but will have to look more into it.

Marjolien has already mentioned that Tapatalk is capable of accessing the sbox (this forum), once the admins add the ability to allow that access.

It be useful to know of others.

Tapatalk is quite common amongst other places as well, so I imagine it'd work well here. I'll give it a go, although I prefer logging in from my computer.

Tapatalk wasn't communicating with this forum, when i installed & configured it a few days ago.  Might be working now ...
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« Reply #31 on: December 07, 2017, 11:32:54 PM »

Oh wow—it’s been so freaking long!! Really nice to be back here again...hello, long-forgotten comrades!

***Long live The Shadowbox!!***

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« Reply #32 on: December 09, 2017, 08:16:48 PM »

Wow, it's weird to view The Box from my iPhone. Remember when you used to have to sit at a special Internetting station in your apartment, in front of an old tube desktop monitor???
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« Reply #33 on: December 10, 2017, 05:49:07 AM »

BOOM BABY. we're back! fuck it's been so long. so long my avatar pic doesn't exist anymore.

but yeah having to market through the Book of Face for my job i also know how shitty they are/getting shittier at not giving reach to people and making them pay for the privilege! and all the scary data takey inner workings....lame.

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« Reply #34 on: December 25, 2017, 10:29:06 PM »

Merry Christmas.

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« Reply #35 on: December 26, 2017, 09:58:29 AM »

& countless happy new years!
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« Reply #36 on: December 26, 2017, 09:59:16 AM »

I do often lurk here sometimes, (hence coming across this post now) but it's like looking at old photographs. so many of my teenage years were spent on here and I've met so many great friends on here that I am still in touch with.  I do miss those days.  This forum was very important during my confusing angry teenage years.  I do cringe when I come across one of my old posts.  But it's nice to know there is this place still existing that I can look back on, even if it is me ranting about some guy who didn't love me back.  But there was always something willing to listen and keep me company...and i guess (in a non-profound way!) help me shape me as the person I am today.

BUT YES.  LETS BRING THIS BITCH BACK IN 2018!

Happy Holidays everyone! and hello old/new members (friends)
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« Reply #37 on: December 26, 2017, 10:00:39 AM »

Already this feels like a fucking reunion.  I am loving it
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« Reply #38 on: December 26, 2017, 03:42:26 PM »

i also.

though i wish new fans could get accounts.
(i believe that problem is still there.)
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« Reply #39 on: December 28, 2017, 07:43:07 PM »

I still sort through the pending members when I can. Let 3 in the other day.

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« Reply #40 on: December 29, 2017, 06:14:11 AM »

I still sort through the pending members when I can. Let 3 in the other day.

THANX!   

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« Reply #41 on: December 29, 2017, 06:45:42 AM »

*came here today without knowing of Twitter post*

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« Reply #42 on: December 29, 2017, 12:27:41 PM »

hi, Musings.  *waves*

I still sort through the pending members when I can. Let 3 in the other day.

THANX!   

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Well, they're trying to join. There were roughly 150 pending requests for forum membership accounts going back to August. I decided that 4 of them seemed like real ppl, and approved their requests; the rest got flushed.

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« Reply #43 on: December 29, 2017, 07:16:08 PM »

howdy, musings!

waves!!!

hi, Musings.  *waves*

I still sort through the pending members when I can. Let 3 in the other day.
THANX!   

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« Reply #44 on: December 31, 2017, 01:29:32 PM »

Len, do you have the skills (or at least know someone who does) to create a Shadowbox app?

Let people tap the little icon on phone or tablet, and connect instantly to the discussion... 
Notifications on or off when people post in threads you're following....
Streamline PM function.
Other stuff.

Seems like that would be close to your skill-set, no?
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« Reply #45 on: January 01, 2018, 05:08:48 PM »

Len, do you have the skills (or at least know someone who does) to create a Shadowbox app?

Let people tap the little icon on phone or tablet, and connect instantly to the discussion... 
Notifications on or off when people post in threads you're following....
Streamline PM function.
Other stuff.

Seems like that would be close to your skill-set, no?

app programming has some learning curve for me.
i’m capable of it, but how long it would take isn’t knowable,
until i climb that learning curve.

but i have my hands full for many months settling my Dad’s estate,
& finishing the renovations to my house.


so not anytime soon for me.


let me think about others.
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« Reply #46 on: January 07, 2018, 01:07:10 PM »

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« Reply #47 on: January 07, 2018, 01:29:49 PM »

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« Reply #48 on: January 11, 2018, 08:32:40 PM »

Len, do you have the skills (or at least know someone who does) to create a Shadowbox app?

Let people tap the little icon on phone or tablet, and connect instantly to the discussion... 
Notifications on or off when people post in threads you're following....
Streamline PM function.
Other stuff.

Seems like that would be close to your skill-set, no?
app programming has some learning curve for me.
i’m capable of it, but how long it would take isn’t knowable,
until i climb that learning curve.

but i have my hands full for many months settling my Dad’s estate,
& finishing the renovations to my house.

so not anytime soon for me.

let me think about others.

 * Simon Smith might be interested.

 * the sbox currently has an RSS feed which can be read with notifications in RSS apps.   e.g. News on Apple mobile devices.  not sure if any of them can easily be packaged up to be sbox RSS feed only.
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« Reply #49 on: January 26, 2018, 11:50:25 AM »

oooh hi!... it feels so nice seeing people on this thread :-O

I used to spend so much time here in my early twenties, trying to figure shit out.
I feel like a completely different person now but still check the box from time to time when I miss it, and realise I still need to figure (different) shit out haha.

It was and still is rare to find a place on the internet where smart and reflective (is that an english word?) discussions happened, so bringing some of the discussions back to life would be really cool!
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« Reply #50 on: January 27, 2018, 08:57:07 AM »

oooh hi!... it feels so nice seeing people on this thread :-O

I used to spend so much time here in my early twenties, trying to figure shit out.
I feel like a completely different person now but still check the box from time to time when I miss it, and realise I still need to figure (different) shit out haha.

It was and still is rare to find a place on the internet where smart and reflective (is that an english word?) discussions happened, so bringing some of the discussions back to life would be really cool!

enjoyed your periodic visit & all you posts back then.

yes, places like this are rare on the internet.

post & see what happens?
(note our current regulars don’t check in every day.)

at 68, i am still figuring new stuff out.
its become a cool part of the ride.
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« Reply #51 on: February 01, 2018, 11:28:12 AM »

I drop in every now and then, I always mean to make a point of sticking around. I definitely miss the box, and the dollhouse chat

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« Reply #52 on: February 01, 2018, 04:59:38 PM »

I drop in every now and then, I always mean to make a point of sticking around. I definitely miss the box, and the dollhouse chat

great to see you here each time you pop back in!
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« Reply #53 on: February 24, 2018, 07:56:55 PM »

can we actually bring back the forum? i would love that we could get more activity on here and 'catch up' with all you lurkers, its been years!
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« Reply #54 on: February 25, 2018, 07:59:46 AM »

can we actually bring back the forum? i would love that we could get more activity on here and 'catch up' with all you lurkers, its been years!

a way to bring it back is for you & others who miss it,
to start using it again.
to post something everyday.
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« Reply #55 on: March 11, 2018, 03:01:23 PM »

can we actually bring back the forum? i would love that we could get more activity on here and 'catch up' with all you lurkers, its been years!

a way to bring it back is for you & others who miss it,
to start using it again.
to post something everyday.
linking this post here for users passing by, "How have you changed since you joined the Box?" http://www.theshadowbox.net/forum/index.php?topic=47788.0
was gonna suggest a post like this, then found that one had already been made!
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« Reply #56 on: March 21, 2018, 07:53:14 PM »

a shadowbox subreddit could be an app friendly alternative?

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« Reply #57 on: March 22, 2018, 04:18:16 AM »

a shadowbox subreddit could be an app friendly alternative?

maybe.   i don't know enough about reddit.

can it be set up like we are here:
posts/threads grouped into topics grouped into categories?

is a subeddit searchable?

etc.?
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« Reply #58 on: March 27, 2018, 12:56:31 PM »

a shadowbox subreddit could be an app friendly alternative?

maybe.   i don't know enough about reddit.

can it be set up like we are here:
posts/threads grouped into topics grouped into categories?

is a subeddit searchable?

etc.?

It is searchable, but you can't group topics into categories.
Users can create new threads and up to two can be stickied so they always appear at the top.

If you want to check it out more, Amanda is doing an AMA (ask me anything) on reddit.com/r/IamA right now!

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« Reply #59 on: March 27, 2018, 08:04:55 PM »

a shadowbox subreddit could be an app friendly alternative?

maybe.   i don't know enough about reddit.

can it be set up like we are here:
posts/threads grouped into topics grouped into categories?

is a subeddit searchable?

etc.?

It is searchable, but you can't group topics into categories.
Users can create new threads and up to two can be stickied so they always appear at the top.

If you want to check it out more, Amanda is doing an AMA (ask me anything) on reddit.com/r/IamA right now!

thanx!
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« Reply #60 on: May 18, 2018, 09:50:20 AM »

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« Reply #61 on: May 24, 2018, 03:48:49 PM »

It's a shame to see this place so desolate. I know FB and the blue birdie have taken over the world, but somehow I feel like this place has more direction. On SM you can get lost in a constant stream of content. I can remember lovely people I've exchanged views with around here. Miss the old times.
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« Reply #62 on: May 25, 2018, 09:31:03 PM »

currently, there is a bug here that prevents fans from creating new accounts.

sadly, fixing it is not a priority for team afp.
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« Reply #63 on: May 26, 2018, 02:18:34 AM »

That's a shame, especially when one puts it in perspective of how reliant AFP is on the Internet and community. I don't think FB or Twitter stimulate the same kind of exchange as a forum does. Times they are a-changin
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« Reply #64 on: May 29, 2018, 06:57:26 PM »

Seems like someone should have told someone...
i am so fucking sick of facebook and twitter and the way it's destroyed how awesome the internet used to be.
WHO'S WITH ME?
but LOOK, it's a FORUM. i can't believe it's still here. this forum has been here since A LONG TIME AGO.
people used to talk to each other, and it was really nice. people even met and got fucking married through this forum.
BRING IT BACK.
really. let's talk all day. i'm at my computer for the next three hours. i'll check back every few minutes to hug you here.
the end.
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« Reply #65 on: May 30, 2018, 11:29:12 AM »

agreed:

That's a shame, especially when one puts it in perspective of how reliant AFP is on the Internet and community. I don't think FB or Twitter stimulate the same kind of exchange as a forum does. Times they are a-changin
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« Reply #66 on: May 30, 2018, 11:30:38 AM »

Seems like someone should have told someone...
i am so fucking sick of facebook and twitter and the way it's destroyed how awesome the internet used to be.
WHO'S WITH ME?
but LOOK, it's a FORUM. i can't believe it's still here. this forum has been here since A LONG TIME AGO.
people used to talk to each other, and it was really nice. people even met and got fucking married through this forum.
BRING IT BACK.
really. let's talk all day. i'm at my computer for the next three hours. i'll check back every few minutes to hug you here.
the end.
also, free to talk about how you miss the internet of 2004, this is a fine place to do it.
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december 1st, 2017. save the date fuckers. this is the day i went back to my forum.

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