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#243025 05/03/2011 1:25 PM
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This feels very strange. After 12 years I've decided to let one of my sites go and it's the one that hosts the forum.

Reason? Very little traffic now, no time to maintain, content out of date and it was costing me to just have it sitting there.

The weirdest thing is that after May I'll no longer be running a forum of any kind but I'm still going to be visiting here. It's just a shame really that I won't get to upgrade to V8 but I don't think I could get my head round it just now anyway. It will be nice though to sit back and see how you guys get on with it.

So here's to more posting, reading and annoying driv for some time to come.

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ScriptKeeper #243026 05/03/2011 2:06 PM
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That will be a strange feeling, I am sure many of us will feel the same the day we no longer run forums. Sucks that the traffic died down and was costing you money. Glad to hear you will be sticking around to watch us all get into upgrade frenzy when the time comes, lol.

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Have you considered selling the site or selling paid links on it? PM me a link to it if you can.


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ScriptKeeper #243028 05/03/2011 4:16 PM
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For info, I've just got a reply from my host letting me know that the hosting will cease this Friday 6th May.

So, here it is, but nothing like it was. When we hosted software (back then it was audiotoolsdirect.com) we were ranked 250,000 by Alexa. Those were pretty amazing days.

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ScriptKeeper #243029 05/03/2011 5:15 PM
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Sorry to hear that you are closing down your site SK.

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Dang SK that is a lot of good info to be just shutting down. Make sure you keep a database from there. Some of those posts are absolutely priceless!

I understand that it costs though. It is why I host my own servers and maintain my forums on my own equipment...however bandwidth isn't cheap even when you are doing it for yourself. If you want I can give you a spot on one of my servers just to keep the info active if nothing else!


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ScriptKeeper #243033 05/04/2011 10:28 AM
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I was at a seminar a couple of weeks ago, not about forums but rather Planned Giving and estates. From a Charity view point.

One thing that was pointed out, many went to facebook, and I think we all saw that happen to our forums, but people are coming back to 'like minded forums" I certainly have seen an upswing in traffic on my forum.

It will be nice when folks can do easy registration by importing their info from facebook. I have that option on one of my webdating sites.. and it just makes the process so much easier.

My ads on facebook are so much cheaper and effective then my google ads have been.

I would really recommend to all, to use mindraven for your host. My expenses, and more over my problem dropped to a fraction of what I had before..

At the minimum package, one should be able to get enough adsense income to make any forum fly. be sure to put links on facebook with like minded people.


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ScriptKeeper #243037 05/04/2011 5:38 PM
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Ahh mate - you've brought a tear to me eye.... frown

It really is a sad day when something previously so successful has to pass.

I went for a nostalgic visit but it already appears to have gone.

By the way - I would expect no less than a regular wind up even if you don't have a forum at the mo'.

Who knows when the muse will strike again? ..and you'll be back for v8...?

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Re: Closing my forum
driv #243044 05/05/2011 2:23 AM
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Originally Posted by driv
I went for a nostalgic visit but it already appears to have gone.
Yes I thought that but it's back again if you want a last peek. Must have been a practice run.

BTW, thanks for looking after my sisters at your villa in the Maldives last week. It was very kind of you to go out of your way like that at such short notice. I owe you one. smile

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Originally Posted by ScriptKeeper
BTW, thanks for looking after my sisters at your villa in the Maldives last week. It was very kind of you to go out of your way like that at such short notice. I owe you one. smile

Hey SK I am sure it was probably not as big an inconvenience as you think.... tbh I think he owes YOU one or 5 tongue

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ScriptKeeper #243052 05/05/2011 12:00 PM
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Oh I don't know. They're very demanding. I bet the poor guy is exhausted. frown

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ScriptKeeper #243089 05/05/2011 5:52 PM
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Originally Posted by ScriptKeeper
Oh I don't know. They're very demanding. I bet the poor guy is exhausted. frown

It's true, they are and I am....

They also have very expensive tastes but fortunately don't talk too much.

So, not like you at all really SK wink


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ROFLMAO sweet mother o' mercy... well if ya be needin a bit of help... jeesh I guess I could make some time!

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ScriptKeeper #243100 05/06/2011 2:31 AM
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The generosity of the members of this forum never ceases to amaze me. You truly are a gent Dunny. Thanks for stepping in to the breach. I'll send them over this weekend. How does 2 weeks sound? laugh

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Like I better eat my wheaties tongue


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ScriptKeeper #243104 05/06/2011 9:43 AM
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Two 'days' nearly killed me crazy


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ScriptKeeper #243109 05/06/2011 11:43 AM
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I think everyone has probably seen a drastic drop in activity due to Face Book, I know I have. I'm hanging in there, though, as I've started to see a bit of a bump up in postings, but not yet enough to jump and down and cheer.


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Re: Closing my forum
ScriptKeeper #243110 05/06/2011 2:31 PM
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It's gone. I'm officially UBBless. Very sad day for me.

Suppose I'll be losing my "UBB 10 YEARS" badge now. frown

Good luck with V8 everyone. I'll be keeping a keen eye on proceedings.

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ScriptKeeper #243111 05/06/2011 7:21 PM
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Chin up old son, stiff upper lip and all that!!!

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Suppose I'll be losing my "UBB 10 YEARS" badge now. frown

Nah mate, there's no denying you kept the UBB flag flying for 10 years. That's a good enough reason for the badge to stay in perpetuum.

Like I said, there's no reason why you shouldn't use your licence for a different idea....? smile


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GregK #243113 05/06/2011 10:43 PM
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Originally Posted by GregK
... I've started to see a bit of a bump up in postings, but not yet enough to jump and down and cheer.

more of a dead cat bounce for my social forums.

my tech forum is going very well, however.



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Re: Closing my forum
ScriptKeeper #243201 05/10/2011 5:10 PM
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That's a real shame scriptkeeper.

One of the Good Guy have gone frown

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Sorry to hear that SK. I had a very popular forum, one of the most popular for it's subject but sold it like almost 2 years ago due to personal problems.

I recently got rid of the personal problem as she had far more chances then anyone else would have ever gotten. Now after 20 years I am happy. I closed my hosting business and stopped working on any computer or server type equipment and currently do not have any plans to do so on the future.

I still own the rack that a few of you like so much and maintain the commercial connection and all that and still have it running and pay the up keep on everything but just don't care to use it. But at least I got the coolest setup in town.

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Yah, I'd agree you've certainly got the coolest setup I've seen. Makes me drool just looking at it.. smile


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ME TOOOOOOO lol

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JAISP, what sort of "commercial connection" do you have?


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