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just in case some are not aware...

Magpie
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Nov 26 2013, 11:32pm


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just in case some are not aware... [In reply to] Can't Post

the message boards date back to May 1999. Those boards were reset weekly 'to keep issues up to date'.

In June 1999, a more 'permanent' system was set up. Old threads/posts didn't disappear but only a few most recent ones were active. The rest were essentially locked. There's lots of reminiscing that can go on about those old boards. The bottom line was, the set up and server couldn't really handle the load and things often went 'wonky'.

In March 2007, the boards we are on today opened. We all said good bye to the old boards and had a party to welcome these new ones. It was a festive and reflective day.

But if a newer person were to look at the first threads here and see a 2007 date, they might think the boards were initiated on that date, and that they were Hobbit focused from the get-go. That is not the case. In fact, I can remember when we had one board for 'Movie' and that was 100% LOTR movie. As the Hobbit started becoming more of a reality, Hobbit news started dominating the 'Movie' board, making it hard to conduct the more reflective conversations we were having about the LOTR movies. I can't remember when the Movie board was officially split into two: one for LOTR and one for TH, but all threads connected to the TH were moved retroactively to the new Hobbit movie board so you can't look at the earliest thread on that board to determine the date.

Between the time when the LOTR movies were pretty much done and the Hobbit started buzzing, we held lots of regular, scheduled discussions in the Reading Room and the (LOTR) movie board. There were also lots of regular fun amusement threads (Scenes from the Hat, Short Attention Span Theater, Middle-earth Conspiracy Theories, etc.) and just lots of spontaneous conversation of all types among people who pretty much all got along together with little fireworks or drama (not that there weren't moments....).

People who have met on the message boards and/or in the chat room have been gathering for moots large and small for years. Lots of us share actual mailing addresses to send trinkets, cards, and gifties to each other or to visit each other while traveling. We had a travelling journal where people added a page about themselves into the album and mailed it on to the next message board member. Some have even gotten married to people they've met through TORn.

People come and go, sometimes in waves. We lose touch with some, some come back after years of absence. But what I would want any visitor of any length to know about the message boards is, for a good number of us, we have considered this a 'home' for any where from 1 to 14 years. We care about each other and we are invested in making this place a vibrant and inviting place to visit. We hope many who visit will stay and also feel invested in making this a lovely place to be. I'm glad you feel that you'd like to linger. :-)


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Subject User Time
You think these boards will still be active after all the movies are done? flameofudun Send a private message to flameofudun Nov 26 2013, 1:20am
    Yes TheFlayedMan Send a private message to TheFlayedMan Nov 26 2013, 1:43am
        Congratulations on coming out of lurkdom! Kim Send a private message to Kim Nov 26 2013, 2:16am
    Yes, I think so Kim Send a private message to Kim Nov 26 2013, 2:21am
        Agreed. I feel connected with lots of people on here. FaramirAndEowynMorningStar Send a private message to FaramirAndEowynMorningStar Nov 26 2013, 8:14pm
            Of course. One does not simply finish discussing his #Majesty. XD // Werde Spinner Send a private message to Werde Spinner Nov 26 2013, 8:33pm
                See my point?! // FaramirAndEowynMorningStar Send a private message to FaramirAndEowynMorningStar Nov 26 2013, 8:38pm
    like they were active after the LOTR films were done? Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Nov 26 2013, 3:21am
        (*cracked me up Magpie*) Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Nov 26 2013, 4:11am
        No Ozymandias verse here (Ring of Rings)! Ethel Duath Send a private message to Ethel Duath Nov 26 2013, 4:44am
        Glad to hear it Eruvandi Send a private message to Eruvandi Nov 26 2013, 5:43pm
            I have been here since around 1999 on the old boards and all Eruonen Send a private message to Eruonen Nov 27 2013, 5:10am
                There's also... Eruvandi Send a private message to Eruvandi Nov 27 2013, 3:16pm
                    Yes, the future seems likely to consist of fan made non-profit ventures. Eruonen Send a private message to Eruonen Nov 27 2013, 4:42pm
                I'll dream with you Eruonen! // Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Nov 27 2013, 5:00pm
        What, you mean these movies come in books?! // NottaSackville Send a private message to NottaSackville Nov 26 2013, 8:03pm
    Interest will drop sharply after the films, of course demnation Send a private message to demnation Nov 26 2013, 5:39am
    Well, I've been on these boards since 1923 Starling Send a private message to Starling Nov 26 2013, 5:42am
        422 A.D. Ethel Duath Send a private message to Ethel Duath Nov 28 2013, 6:41pm
    Absolutely... Donry Send a private message to Donry Nov 26 2013, 10:54pm
    just in case some are not aware... Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Nov 26 2013, 11:32pm
    I thought this said Dame Ioreth Send a private message to Dame Ioreth Nov 27 2013, 5:47am
        Ha! Arwen's daughter Send a private message to Arwen's daughter Nov 27 2013, 4:50pm
            Thanks! Dame Ioreth Send a private message to Dame Ioreth Nov 27 2013, 6:46pm
                We still have several years of film related info Eruonen Send a private message to Eruonen Nov 27 2013, 8:04pm
            The beards grow ever longer. :D // Ethel Duath Send a private message to Ethel Duath Nov 28 2013, 6:42pm
    Absolutely! grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Nov 27 2013, 5:51pm
    Some of us just can't stay away Arwen's daughter Send a private message to Arwen's daughter Nov 27 2013, 6:04pm
        I love how you were able to summarise the whole forums there, Arwen's daughter! FaramirAndEowynMorningStar Send a private message to FaramirAndEowynMorningStar Nov 27 2013, 6:40pm
        Totally true about second home :) Xanaseb Send a private message to Xanaseb Nov 27 2013, 8:21pm
        and I... Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Nov 27 2013, 10:15pm
            Love that avatar! Na Vedui Send a private message to Na Vedui Nov 28 2013, 12:41am
                It seems to be from a Russian book Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Nov 28 2013, 2:19am
                    Thank you very much! Na Vedui Send a private message to Na Vedui Nov 28 2013, 6:14pm
    didn't you know? We are eTORnal :D Xanaseb Send a private message to Xanaseb Nov 27 2013, 8:20pm
    The Boards go ever on and on" (A poem, in honor of Magpie, who holds our past and Ethel Duath Send a private message to Ethel Duath Nov 28 2013, 6:38pm
        I will admit... Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Nov 28 2013, 7:25pm
    i think they will RangerLady23 Send a private message to RangerLady23 Nov 29 2013, 7:31pm

 
 
 

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