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IWBTG => General! => Topic started by: Kayin on December 07, 2018, 02:27:08 am

Title: Sun setting the boards?
Post by: Kayin on December 07, 2018, 02:27:08 am
I'm considering shutting down the forums here. The forums have been nothing but a glorified hangout for a few of you for awhile. Now as time goes on they get more and more neglected and potentially more and more of a security vulnerability. Most activity seems to be replaced by the IWBTG discord.

So how about it? Who actually cares? I don't plan on making a decision any time soon but and I'd look into ways to archive the forum safely if I did shut it down. Something to think about.
Title: Re: Sun setting the boards?
Post by: Kayin on December 09, 2018, 04:55:35 am
Considering the only response was someone who got banned for ban evading my current plan unless you guys tell me to stop is to archive the board at the end of the year.
Title: Re: Sun setting the boards?
Post by: DraconicDescendant on December 09, 2018, 05:06:26 am
Honestly, the longer this place just sits here, the sadder it looks. It's been a decade since its heyday, and while there were a lot of good times, it's clear that pretty much everybody's moved on.

I'll totally shill Brave Earth for you, though. Where can I find a forum for that?
Title: Re: Sun setting the boards?
Post by: Kayin on December 09, 2018, 05:56:17 am
I think I'm gonna give up on forums in general. All shilling can happen on twitter. But yeah, we got a empty husk here with some boards not having posts in them for years. Gotta set you all free.
Title: Re: Sun setting the boards?
Post by: Fatih on December 10, 2018, 11:33:17 am
There were good times, great times, funny times and shit times. But yeah, there won't be much of a point of keeping this place running. Although I don't use the Discord server too much, it's not like people are crowding here anymore.
This was my first community and it sucks to see it go, but there's nothing to do but archive it.
Goodbye P̶u̶y̶o̶ ̶N̶e̶x̶u̶s̶ IWBTF when the time comes. Hope to actually see some of you on my Discord DMs, damn it.
Title: Re: Sun setting the boards?
Post by: Garrettp375 on December 11, 2018, 09:14:20 pm
I had some good memories here, it's been a great ride but really the discord is just so much more active.

I can understand the reason entirely.
Title: Re: Sun setting the boards?
Post by: Rebag102 on December 12, 2018, 01:02:49 am
Good call, been dead town for years now tbh.
Title: Re: Sun setting the boards?
Post by: LOLGAMMER on December 15, 2018, 05:28:44 pm
Don’t delete fhe forums :(
Title: Re: Sun setting the boards?
Post by: MrHappilman ANG get some on December 18, 2018, 01:37:29 pm
Please make this an community choice
Title: Re: Sun setting the boards?
Post by: Kayin on December 19, 2018, 03:05:30 am
Community choice has pretty much been 'let it die' with a few hold outs and sorry guys I'm not leaving a security hole up for a few holdouts.
Title: Re: Sun setting the boards?
Post by: MrHappilman ANG get some on December 19, 2018, 03:55:09 am
Archive the forums and make it read only
Title: Re: Sun setting the boards?
Post by: Kayin on December 20, 2018, 02:45:53 am
Not quite doing that. I'll be Internet Archive style ripping the boards into HTML. This removes security issues with ru nning old forum software. I'll then keep the MySQL database somewhere just in case.
Title: Re: Sun setting the boards?
Post by: MrHappilman ANG get some on December 20, 2018, 12:54:37 pm
Also there is a lot of one message accounts (probably bots) and these bots need to be removed
Title: Re: Sun setting the boards?
Post by: Cantavanda on December 20, 2018, 03:26:30 pm
Please don't delete it forever! So much memories are stored here.
An archive with a pleasing layout seems good. This blue one would be a great hommage.
I used to be so excited to come here every day, and it's sad how it has become less active year by year, but I still hold great value in this place.
Title: Re: Sun setting the boards?
Post by: Kayin on December 23, 2018, 06:29:34 pm
My current archival techniques that I've decided to try should maintain the forums appearance.

So yeah, on new years I'll be setting the board to read only mode. I'll be moving to an archival copy somewhere down the line. I'll leave the boards 'up and locked' for awhile longer after that for people to possibly recover things like private messages and the likes.