Post Apocalyptic Frothing?

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Re: Post Apocalyptic Frothing?

Postby Levied Troop » Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:35 pm

Hastati wrote: It tells me the site is on borrowed time.


That's my understanding, essentially Frothers could disappear tomorrow and there is nothing to be done to save it. This discussion went on a couple of years back and led to Blackfly setting up RP and Frothers has drifted ever since. It's a shame because in its heyday it was a brilliant place to hang out and I learnt a lot, but nothing lasts forever, the centre cannot hold, mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, the blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere people turn to Facebook.

I prefer not to have idiot American multi-billionaires know my every detail, so am gently drifting into other forums, but Frothers will always have a warm, soft and slightly damp place in my heart.
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Re: Post Apocalyptic Frothing?

Postby Tomkinson » Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:04 am

For what it may be worth, a few thoughts tapping into my day job (web developer) experience...

Facebook is likely to put a lot of people off; as others have already stated, it requires an account which raise issues around aversion to social media and privacy. Similarly Google+ offers "groups" but essentially suffers from the same kind of problems, with arguably an even more invasive use of your online identity. Although its perhaps a little easier to maintain an "alternate" account separate from your real personal one (if you already use google's services that is).

Prophpbb and Forumspower.com both offer free forum hosting employing the phpbb forum software. As far as I have heard they're both okay. There is no cost or bandwidth limitations etc, the initial installation and setup work is largely done for you and if you wish to follow the existing Frother's model of "minimal" moderation then ought not to impose on anyone's time too much. I guess it would be the case of somebody/bodies just putting their head(s) above the parapet to start the ball rolling. Links are here:

https://www.prophpbb.com/

https://www.forumspower.com/

Or... you can opt for a fee-paying hosting option whihc depending upon site traffic could cost as little as £2.75 per month... eg: Siteground (or any other hosting company - I have no vested interests here - but avoid the really cheap ones like 1&1 etc as they are really crap) which one or two of my "charity/VO" clients use as its perceived to offer a slightly more serious/'professional' impression without breaking the bank... they also offer a wider range of forum software/apps to choose from. See here:

https://www.siteground.com/

All the above ideas are offered purely on a "worst case/what if it happens" basis of course.
Jolly good show...
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Re: Post Apocalyptic Frothing?

Postby Levied Troop » Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:53 pm

Indeed, which is what Random Platypus effectively did:

http://www.randomplatypus.com/forum/ind ... 374e2e2e29

using a phrase (RP) which was common in Frothers back in the day (22nd October 2010 I think).

Not sure if it's possible to reuse the Frothers name for a new outing when this forum collapses but I doubt the current part-time moderators are that interested in doing so.
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Re: Post Apocalyptic Frothing?

Postby An Absent Humphrey » Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:59 pm

'They that go down to the sea in ships and do business in great waters, they see the workings of the Lord and His wonders in the deep.'
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Re: Post Apocalyptic Frothing?

Postby Bronshtein » Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:42 pm

'Also He blesses them and they multiply greatly, And He does not let their cattle decrease'

I think I'm missing something Humph
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Re: Post Apocalyptic Frothing?

Postby Drjackson » Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:48 pm

Half a bottle of whiskey by the looks of it
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Re: Post Apocalyptic Frothing?

Postby Bronshtein » Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:56 pm

'They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end'

Sounds like you've had enough to me squire.
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Re: Post Apocalyptic Frothing?

Postby An Absent Humphrey » Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:00 am

Bronshtein wrote:I think I'm missing something Humph


Sorry, just a moment's idle thought and whimsy.
The discussion about setting up a new site and all that made me think of psalm 107 (not that I have a catalogue of psalms squirrelled away in my memory waiting to be quoted) - about how when puny individuals set about work on something they see how complex and difficult things can be and how this leaves you in awe at the work of others.
Or something like that.

I should have kept the thought to myself. Just a moment's idle reflection and insight. Think nothing more of it.
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Re: Post Apocalyptic Frothing?

Postby MartinR » Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:22 am

If all that is required is a place to host pictures and discussions poking fun at TMP, Americans and the general insanity of the modern world, Facebook works perfectly using closed groups. I'm already in quite a few FB groups which do just that.

Whereas google+ is a busted flush, and who can be bothered to set up and run a brand new forum?
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Re: Post Apocalyptic Frothing?

Postby Bronshtein » Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:14 am

Well I'm not on Facebook, have been thinking about it for some time, so if I join it you will know it too is a busted flush and has jumped the shark etc.
Who can be bothered to set up a new forum?
Well I might, except I can sit around on my own chuntering to myself without the bother of electronic hardware gently humming away in front of me.
I wouldn't mind having a wargaming site that does historicals as well as SF/Fantasy (RP seems almost(?) entirely the latter) AND isn't afraid of politics and/or addressing the more controversial aspects of wargaming (if you don't think there are any I guess that is why I am doubtful the sort of site I might run would interest you).

So having the energetic charisma of a terminally depressed tortoise I guess I shall enjoy the gently boiling water of Frothers until it is too late to jump out and we all go down the plughole.


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