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Offline ibarrere

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« on: January 26, 2014, 01:09:31 AM »
I, like many others here, used to be on lingforum.com. It seems like that board is still somewhat active. What prompted the change? Is this an "official" replacement or more of an independent movement to address some of the shortcomings of the old board? It's certainly an improvement, I'm just wondering how/why it came to be.
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Re: New Forum
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2014, 01:29:37 AM »
All of the moderators and most of the active members knew a change was needed. The old forum was broken in various ways (missing files, trouble uploading avatars, etc.), running on outdated software from last decade, and not regularly maintained. The real issue was when spam completely overran the forum, causing a major headache for the mods at the time. The only solution then was to disable registrations, and it just never improved from that. After discussing it for about a year trying to figure out what to do, we created a new forum with the hope of migrating over here (and closing the other forum to new posting but keeping it as an archive). The hope was that it would be an agreeable outcome for everyone, including 'administrator' over there who seemed to be too busy to continue supporting his own forum, which meant that we were trying to solve the problem that had been growing for a few years.

This was intended to be an official change. The mods and two active admins were on board, and we had been discussing it for months. But then 'administrator', who shows up maybe every 6 months or so, decided he wants to live in the past-- apparently he believes the old forum is great as-is and should be preserved forever. So he refused to consider upgrading the old forum, switching to a new one, etc. The old forum software will not support the future of lingforum, so moving on to a new forum ("officially" or not) is definitely the best solution. With administrator only checking in once or twice a year and with an imminent threat of spam, that site is unfortunately not going to be able to continue for long.

So, now we're here (and happy to have you here). You're welcome to post in either place. We certainly won't stop you either way. But you're more likely to get a reply here, and this is, we believe, the future.

What's happening at the moment is that the result is an unfortunate competition for traffic where search engines are still sending everyone to the other forum. But this one is moving up in the rankings and the continued activity will make it work out in the end.
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Re: New Forum
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2014, 03:51:43 AM »
We are the future!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: New Forum
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2014, 05:55:12 AM »
Well, in that case, I'm glad to be a part of the future!

Kind of a shame that the admin of the other site is no longer on board, I suppose the best thing we can do is maintain activity on this board such that it overtakes the other one statistically.
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Re: New Forum
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2014, 10:29:55 AM »
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I suppose the best thing we can do is maintain activity on this board such that it overtakes the other one statistically.
Yes, that's where we are at the moment.
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Re: New Forum
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2014, 10:47:40 AM »
We're really glad to have new regular users! :)
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