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Re: Is this board closing?

Postby dugpa » Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:01 pm

The board is not closing just yet, but it will close at some point. The polarizing effect of the Return really brought out the worst in people and the moderators of the board were not going to let a handful of jerks make this place an awful place to hang out. Then a line was crossed when one or more individuals made personal threats to me via email. That prompted me to permanently close registrations and step back from the board.

After a few of those, one questions whether spending so much personal time on a website dedicated to a 28 year old TV series is really worth it. Granted it became much more than that for a short while but that time is gone now.

The personal threats coupled with moving my family across the country in January of this year to start a new job made this forum a very low priority in my life.

Moderation is not something I have time for these days. Nor is dealing with new members who are here to take out their frustrations on the Return against other forum members.

At the moment this site is hosted by a longtime forum member, BookhouseBoyBOB and will remain here until July 2022 or as long as he is willing to continue hosting it, whichever comes first.
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Re: Is this board closing?

Postby Mb3 » Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:38 pm

It's sad to read that you received threats dugpa. I've always loved this forum and it's a shame that some people react like this because of some disagreements about a television series.
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Re: Is this board closing?

Postby Mr. Reindeer » Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:27 am

Sorry to hear you had those experiences, Dugpa, although not surprised given how prominent online threats and bullying are in our culture. I have tried to express periodically how grateful I am to you and the other mods for keeping this such a balanced, non-hostile environment for the most part, a rarity on the Internet. I’m even more grateful knowing that you personally took the brunt of some of the uglier behavior that didn’t make it onto the main boards. We can all certainly appreciate that other priorities take over as we mature. Thanks for keeping this place running for all these years! And thanks to BookHouseBoyBob for hosting and to the mods for keeping the peace, as long as this place stays around.
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Re: Is this board closing?

Postby dreamshake » Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:44 am

Sorry you had to deal with harrasment. Like mr reindeer said, it's too prevelant in internet culture and clearly the mods do a great job of keeping it civil here.
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Re: Is this board closing?

Postby AgentEcho » Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:16 pm

Sorry to hear about the harrassment. I guess I shouldn't be surprised but it is hard to understand why someone would choose to harass the admin of a message board because they don't like a television show. Unfortunately they would probably take the closure of the board as an achievement.

Thanks to dugpa and BookhouseboyBob for starting and keeping it running as long as it lasts.
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Re: Is this board closing?

Postby bowisneski » Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:51 am

Thanks for the update Dugpa and I'm so sorry to hear you're having to deal with that.

And thanks to BookhouseBoyBOB for taking care of the hosting for a few more years. I love reading this insight here.
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Re: Is this board closing?

Postby Soolsma » Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:21 am

Thanks for the heads up. Totally understandable.
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Re: Is this board closing?

Postby N. Needleman » Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:19 am

I had no idea this was happening. Horribly upset for dugpa and co.
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Re: Is this board closing?

Postby krishnanspace » Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:10 pm

That's really sad.i know that the forum hosting is not free, so is there any way we can contribute towards it?
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Re: Is this board closing?

Postby AXX°N N. » Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:24 am

I'd like to throw my hat in also as someone who really enjoys this board. I'm shocked at the apparent toxicity, but it makes sense, I was actually more active on reddit once the Return started airing because it seemed there was a lot of negativity here ... most of my posts here are from before and much much after it aired, since I don't quite feel that bad vibe anymore. Perhaps the board culture will return to its once healthy state.
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Re: Is this board closing?

Postby I'm the Muffin » Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:13 pm

It's absolutely awful that dugpa should have been subject to any kind of abuse. Ridiculous, and awful. The vibe at this forum since the airing has been remarkably negative, only recovering recently, and I can't help but feel that making this place a 'safe space' for people whose only interest was trying to make other people feel as bad about the new season as they do was a bewildering mistake. So much energy was wasted engaging them. So much energy was sucked up by them. It's a real shame - I love forums, and this one in particular has had so much great discussion and insight - but the twin peaks reddit has been so much more healthy in comparison. Not unreasoningly positive - just healthy. I'm still hopeful that this forum can rebuild in the future. I guess that's largely up to dugpa. And considering the circumstances, I would understand if he wasn't interested.
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Re: Is this board closing?

Postby hopesfall » Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:01 am

I'm appalled, but sadly not surprised, to hear of threatening behaviour like that being aimed at you. To be honest, I haven't posted on here since September 2017, and have probably visited all of twice in the interim, as every single thread around the release of the Return, and shortly thereafter, seemed to devolve into arguments and really belligerent posting, and it was quite frankly laborious and depressing to trawl through.

Regardless, having a bit of a catch up on the board today seems to have restored in me some faith that the good do stay, and I am very sad indeed to hear of the imminent closure. I'm not sure what plans are, but if there's ever a whip-round to help fund some kind of hosting/upkeep, I'd be happy to donate.

All in all, it's good to be back. The cold, rainy weather instilled in me the urge to watch the pilot just recently, and it was fresh on my mind this morning, prompting me to come on here again, and I'm sure glad I did.
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Re: Is this board closing?

Postby TheAlien » Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:47 pm

This is really upsetting to hear about, this forum is a massive resource and archive. I really, really, really hate when forums like this are closed. It happened to the Burroughs forum a few months ago for financial reasons, I'm gonna really miss this place. :x

And I have a friend that wants to join and she is unable to register now :cry:

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