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Greetings from Bud Brewster - your oldest "new member"!

Discussion in 'Welcome - Introduce Yourself!' started by BudBrewster, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. BudBrewster

    BudBrewster Captain

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    Location:
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    Greetings, folks.

    I apologize for taking five years to make my first post. I rediscovered Cool SciFi today while looking for science fiction message boards using Google. I found several, but none I liked as much as Cool SciFi. So I had the bright idea that I should join.

    Imagine my surprise when I discovered I was already a member -- and I had joined in 2008!

    I'm the site administrator of sci-fi message board which I won't name until I find out if this board allows it. We've got dozens of members who joined over the years but then never posted a thing. It used to annoy me.

    Now I understand it a little better. :D
     
  2. Tim

    Tim Creative Writer

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    Location:
    England
    Welcome BudBrewster.

    Your post got caught up in our moderation filter, it 'may' have been something to do with the text in your third paragraph. I'll let Kev comment on that when he sees this.

    You'll have noted that our site has 90% function to non-members, and membership is a really good way of remembering where we are over the years, a xmas or birthday message, etc. Things come and go, but we're still here :)
     
  3. actionavenue

    actionavenue Artist, Cartoonist and Dude

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    Welcome to the forum, BudBrewster!
     
  4. Martian

    Martian Rocket Ranger

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    Welcome to the forum. I must confess that I am rather puzzled at the lack of activity on this forum. I am a member of many other forums on the Internet which cater to a much more specific target audience and yet there is much more activity.

    One would think that a science fiction forum would have a far greater appeal and attract many more people. The silence of this forum surprises me.
     
  5. BudBrewster

    BudBrewster Captain

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    I know just what you mean, Martian. My own board is devoted to all forms of science fiction, just like this one. But it has a smaller number of members and a fraction of the activity as two other boards I know of, one of which is for fans of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the other is for fans of The Twilight Zone!

    One thing which this board and the other two I mentioned above have in common is good organization. Cool SciFi is well structured and easy to navigate. I've seen numerous boards which force their members to stumble through a labyrinth of forums and sub-forums and sub-sub-forums -- all of which have cutesy names like Catina Corner Table or Captain's Personal Log -- none of which give us a clue about what the forum is about!

    Cool SciFi doesn't play that game, and I'm damned grateful. The forums here are often one-word titles like Movies, Television, and Books. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure those out, right?

    In conclusion, gents and droids, I'd like to state for the record that Cool SciFi is an island of sanity in a sea of cyber madness! (Okay, maybe that's a bit too florid, but you get the idea. I like it here and I think I'll stop by often. :))

    Bud
     
  6. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

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    Location:
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    So I guess this is a belated Welcome! :D (y)

    We're pretty much laid back; links in sigs & the occasional mention is fine but posts that are blatant ads for competing sites or link spamming (eg: posts like "Hey, if you like Star Wars then come visit our site at...") will catch our attention.
     
  7. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

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    We're using the vB option of bumping posts up against Akismet and that is where they are being flagged. From what I'm seeing of Bud's posts nothing is catching my personal attention but for some reason Akismet says otherwise.

    Yep, the slow & steady approach. As long as I can do it, the site will be here.
     
  8. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

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    Honestly, I am my own worst enemy in that I don't spent enough time spreading the word about Cool Sci-Fi. Ask me to figure out a difficult software problem and I'm happy but ask to do promotions and I'm all thumbs.
     
  9. Martian

    Martian Rocket Ranger

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    I will try to help spread the word. I am a fan of this forum.
     
  10. BudBrewster

    BudBrewster Captain

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    Here's the link to the promo for Cool SciFi which I placed on my board, just so you can see what kind of folks are talking about you just what (nice things) they're saying. :D

    I'd be very interested to learn if the promo succeeds in sending a few new members your way. Please send me a PM if somebody mentions they found you through my board.

    http://www.phpbber.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=6644&mforum=allscifi
     
  11. astonwest

    astonwest Writing Fool Writer

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    Location:
    Kansas
    Welcome!
     
  12. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

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    FYI for Bud :)
    I've lowered the posts count setting to a number lower than Bud's current post count so that his account isn't subject to the automated spam checks. In the several years we've been using Akismet there have been a few false positives on individual posts but this is the first time where one account was being consistently flagged regardless of their posts content. Very odd but Bud shouldn't have problems posting going forward. :)
     
  13. Starbeast from Planet X

    Starbeast from Planet X Benevolent Galaxy Being

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    Location:
    Illinois, planet Earth
    Good morning BudBrewster, nice to meet you.

    Welcome back.
     

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