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6 years ago today our Boards were re-board... I mean... re-born!

grammaboodawg
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Feb 17 2013, 9:56pm

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6 years ago today our Boards were re-board... I mean... re-born! Can't Post

February 17, 2007

I wish I knew how many people were registered here on that day; but I've tried to remember to check over the past few years... ever since we knew The Hobbit was being made. I figured we'd have a little bit of an increase in new sibbies :D



CHEERS TORn Boards! What a great home you are!


Registered TORn members:
February 17, 2011 – 5,907
February 17, 2012 – 7,439 – 1,532 added in 1 year! (year of The Hobbit filming)
February 17, 2013 – 9,381 – 1,942 registered users added in the past year (year of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey release)



Second draft of TH:AUJ Geeky Observation List - updated list coming soon



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I'm SO HAPPY these new films take me back to that magical world!!



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TORn's Geeky Observations Lists (updated soon)


Ataahua
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Feb 17 2013, 9:59pm

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In some ways it seems longer than that. [In reply to] Can't Post

And gosh, just think of all the movie dramas that has happened during that time. And now we have a flash new film to indulge in!

Cheers, gramma!

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Ham_Sammy
Tol Eressea

Feb 17 2013, 10:33pm

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I am pretty sure I was [In reply to] Can't Post

I used to post back in the day but forgot my user name/password/email and was away for many years. I have lurked for awhile since and then resubbed. Glad i did. I like these boards so much. Very nice and thought provoking peeps posting.


Magpie
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Feb 17 2013, 11:52pm

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If you go to the index page for any of the boards... [In reply to] Can't Post

...and click the link at top right that says 'age', it will invert the order of the threads from last thread posted listed first to first thread posted listed first.

It's fun to do that and see the first threads posted on that day.

What I want, and will probably never get, is a copy of those teaser posts that Altaira made leading up to the announcement.

And, at some point, we're going to want a Mathom-house history article on the new boards so everyone post your memories of that day both here at these boards and back at the old boards. I remember virtually walking around the old ones as that Fiesta Friday thread petered out and the room cleared. It was good to get the new boards but a bit sad to leave the old ones.

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Altaira
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Feb 18 2013, 1:23am

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Here are some fun stats on new users! [In reply to] Can't Post

I've wanted to do this for an Ent's age, and what better day to do it than today. Smile I'd eventually like to it by day, or at least by week, to see how much membership spiked with certain news - but that will have to wait for a day when I have more free time.

We had 175 members in the first 24 hours the new boards existed. I'm pretty sure that's the all-time record. We've had over 100 new members on big news days, but I don't remember it ever exceeding 175 in any other 24-hour period. The 'by year' stats are below.



Thanks for starting this thread, gramma! Happy Birthday TORn boards. Here's to another 6 great years!! HeartCoolSmile




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"Life can't be all work and no TORn" -- jflower

"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase





Ataahua
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Feb 18 2013, 2:14am

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I take it that the 2012/13 number [In reply to] Can't Post

is only for part of the year? Are you counting from the start of July to the end of June?

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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dernwyn
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Feb 18 2013, 2:52am

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If you ever feel "nostalgic"... [In reply to] Can't Post

...remember that Altaira posted links to the final pages of the old boards in the Welcome Board! Smile

Happy Birthday, TORn Boards II! Only six years ago? And what an amazing six years it's been...we even had to have another Board added! Shocked


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Altaira
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Feb 18 2013, 3:05am

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Feb 17 to Feb 17 of each year [In reply to] Can't Post

And, before anyone points it out, I know that the total on my table is 9,400 which is slightly more than our current membership of 9,384. That's because there are 25 users per page on the display I was using, so I counted the number of pages that elapsed from 2/17/07 to 2/17/08, etc. and multiplied x 25 users per page. I didn't bother adjusting 'down' for the last page of the 2012/13 year. Smile


Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.



"Life can't be all work and no TORn" -- jflower

"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase





(This post was edited by Altaira on Feb 18 2013, 3:08am)


Aunt Dora Baggins
Half-elven


Feb 18 2013, 4:52am

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I remember getting teary-eyed at the Reading Room thread. [In reply to] Can't Post

It's still pretty sweet.


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DanielLB
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Feb 18 2013, 10:51am

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Happy Birthday TORn boards! [In reply to] Can't Post

Here's to many more! I'm estimating that next year there will be 11653 users.

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Lily Fairbairn
Half-elven


Feb 18 2013, 3:09pm

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Six years?!?! [In reply to] Can't Post

If you'd asked me I'd have said three, maybe.... Well, once I started thinking about it I'd have known it was more.

Thanks to all who have provided such a lovely cyber-home!




silneldor
Half-elven


Feb 18 2013, 4:54pm

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Lily , that means we have, [In reply to] Can't Post

6yrs betwixt us, because i figure the same. Geez, that means it takes both of us, to get this thing straightCrazyLaugh.















Ciars
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Feb 18 2013, 6:12pm

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Raises a glass [In reply to] Can't Post

Slainte! Wow, six years? I remember the almost panic of the last fiesta on the old boards and the nervous registration on the " new". I first posted a ringer review here after seeing FOTR, and after a short period of lurking was a poster from then on, I remember the announcement of the new boards and the excitement/ trepidation before they were unveiled. Time flies by but TORN remains a familiar comfortable home.


(This post was edited by Ciars on Feb 18 2013, 6:13pm)


Lily Fairbairn
Half-elven


Feb 18 2013, 8:43pm

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Two heads are better than one, sil [In reply to] Can't Post

Us, ahem, older folk need all the help we can get Tongue




Elessar
Valinor


Feb 19 2013, 5:42pm

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Happy B-Day Board [In reply to] Can't Post

I've lurked for a long time until talking with a few of the other staffers at comic-con last July. Finally decided to join up and converse with my fellow fans of Middle-earth. Cool



Moahunter
Rohan


Feb 20 2013, 1:07am

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What is the "churn" of membership? [In reply to] Can't Post

Is there any way to assess "dead"membership?
I assume that once registered and with only 1 posting, however long ago, membership numbers just go on increasing with every new registration.


squire
Valinor


Feb 20 2013, 1:20am

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"Now who left that broken glass in the fireplace?" [In reply to] Can't Post

asked FarFromHome. "Someone up to no good, I'll warrant!"



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Roheryn
Grey Havens

Feb 20 2013, 3:10am

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Sheesh... [In reply to] Can't Post

I just did that nostalgic walk-down-memory-lane thing (briefly) through the last Fiesta threads on Main...I have to say I do miss the old boards, and there were a lot of nicks in those threads that I sure miss. Thanks for sharing the link to those links.


Roheryn
Grey Havens

Feb 20 2013, 3:26am

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I absolutely cannot believe it's been six years! [In reply to] Can't Post

Good lord, where has the time gone?

I still can't believe it's been *11 years* since I signed up here. I don't *feel* 11 years older! I do, however, feel 11 years tireder, which I think results from three young kids.

This place is finally starting to feel a bit like home, though I do still miss the old boards. They were our first home and they'll always have a very special place in my heart!

Happy Birthday, New Boards, and here's to many more!


entmaiden
Forum Admin / Moderator


Feb 20 2013, 1:42pm

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You can see that for yourself [In reply to] Can't Post

There's a bunch of members who never logged in, or who have 1 or 2 posts.

You can sort the Member Directory by number of posts. Go to Who's Online from the menu, then click on View Member Directory. Click on any of the header fields to sort - so you can click on the Posts header to sort the list by number of posts. I think the default sort is largest to smallest, so you have to click twice on Posts to see the users who have no posts.

Many of the members who never logged in were sent a verification e-mail, but never clicked on the link in that message. They signed up for the boards, but either the verification e-mail got lost in their spam folder or the registration was not valid. And a lot of the one-time posters were spammers of someone not really interested in joining the conversation.

It's hard to quantify the churn. A large number of the members who never logged in would register under another nick because they really want to join is but missed the verification e-amil. Like all message boards, there are folks who have a passing interest in Tolkien, so they post right when a big event occurs, like Peter announcing he would be the director, but they soon drift off to their other fandoms.

We're lucky that there's a large core of regulars. It keeps the conversations interesting, and there's always something going on. I've been here 11 years, and the excitement never fades. Smile


Xanaseb
Tol Eressea


Feb 20 2013, 1:51pm

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Cheers to TORn! :D :) awesome anniversary. // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Aethelwyne Bolger
Bree


Feb 22 2013, 9:01pm

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I've been reading theonering.net since around 2000 [In reply to] Can't Post

But for some reason, I only started posting on the message boards in December of 2011! Why did I wait so long?? I was kind of smitten by HPANA and LOTRplaza for a few years (2002-2007) but you'd have thought I would have discovered the message boards here once I gave those sites up! Blush
Ah well, I'm here now and happy to be here!

Just call me Aethelwyne if I am of Gondorian blood, or Bellawen Bolger of Bree if you like me better as a hobbit ( I can't decide. I thought I was decided, then I finally watched Born of Hope this morning and loved the brave people of the north so I am confused. Perhaps I'll never be able to make a final choice!) Or just call me Audra, I don't mind!



Aethelwyne was so 10 years ago! Bellawen is who I am, right here, right now.

 
 

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