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    I remember ZU when...
    • LP Soldier wrote:

      I remember ZU when I kept ending up here after searching zelda stuff.

      I remember finally getting a forum account (my first one ever) in 06 and making way too many threads that were already done like the excited, wondrous, and spoiled little only child gamer I was.

      I remember when I found so many nerdy kids just like me and refreshing my browser over and over, excited to see a new unread post, reply, or message. Pouring over the forum topics in between.

      I remember seeing everyone's cool sigs and art, learning what a sig was, and being so excited when someone made one for me.

      I remember making my own little simple signature bars.

      I remember so many users watching out for me when I got easily emotional.

      I remember being obsessed with being in a goddess clan and having clan vs. clan threads (apparently that's a din thing to be competitive?)

      I remember posting a bit less variety, but messaging a few friends a ton on here every day for hours.

      I remember thinking it was so thrilling and sneaky to post at school.

      I remember a little less, and things seeming a little low.

      I remember posting and gravitating towards many negative subjects, but also self help posts and replies to others with like issues

      I remember nothing except one friend I kept talking to on here, only logged in for that.

      I remember drifting away from him as well.

      I remember a great deal of familiar pain and emptiness and less ZU, no ZU.

      I remember ZU again and the incredible nostalgic wave of looking back on my old posts from 06 in 2011. How I would come back, start over but yet live through it again. I remember that lasting that week...I remember no reconnections with familiar friends.

      I remember a great deal of familiar pain and darkness.

      I remember ZU when I came back only to read as many of my old posts as I could without falling asleep. Like trying to tap into a dream or memory.

      I remember ZU when I came back once again, to make another post after so many years. I remember once again looking at the echos of 2006 LP Soldier and his friends from online.

      I remember ZU when it wasn't just an echo, when I wasn't a ghost watching a younger ghost. When it was so exciting, new, and thrilling to see that new notification.

      I remember ZU when it was a part of my life and of me, because it still is.

      If you actually read through that, thank you very much. I get that its pretty dramatic, but I always was. This is just a gaming site for a Nintendo series, but it really did mean so much to me. This was the last thing I remember truly enjoying with the "innocence of a child"; I think that's the Spirit Temple quote. It's so surreal. I wish I knew if any of my friends back then felt that too. I can't find much of any of them after so long.
      Damn...

      That hit hard...


      Sig by the ever so fabulous ~ Sólsetur
    • Some positive news. As most of you would know, forum activity has consistently been on its way down every year since 2011. That's not unique to us but has been what's happened to every 2000s internet forum, because of the global trends in social media becoming more important and message boards becoming less important (plus we also had a large data crash in 2014 when vBulletin caved in on itself) so we thought that the forums might just inevitably keep trending downwards every year forever, but we have the final data for this year now:



      Looks like we're on two consecutive years of improved forum activity and this was the best year we've had since 2013. So basically we've stabilised again after the global crash of message boards and this community isn't going anywhere :D
    • It is insane to think I have been on this website for nearly 15 years now. :coffee:

      Glad the activity has a positive trend. It is something I noticed myself as well as I have been more or less active the last decade or so, sometimes in bursts, sometimes more prolonged. Of course Breath of the Wild being good helped a lot.
      "Can't post that on a Christian forum."
    • Zelda website new user activity is fundamentally a reflection of the Zelda series launch cycle, though we do have some level of power over retaining new users once they arrive.

      So yeah, after that boost around the release of Twilight Princess in 2006, Twilight Princess kept selling because it was a launch game for the Wii and continued to sell for years afterward. Skyward Sword was nice but a blip, which I think is pretty reflective of how Zelda fans feel about it lol as well as a reflection of it being a very late Wii game when the console was on the way out. Then the entire 5 years of the Wii U generation wasn't great for us as it didn't have a proper console Zelda game for 6 years until it was too late and they dual-released it with the Switch launch.

      Breath of the Wild is in a similar position to TP, which is that as a beloved launch game for a very successful console, I expect that over the next 3-4 years people will continue to buy Breath of the Wild as they buy a Switch for the first time, and so we'll be getting a steady drip of new users from it for years to come.
    • Oh wow I didn’t know post frequency was that high back then. It’s interesting that none of the smaller games had much of an impact with maybe the exception of TMC.

      Things are looking positive though and I’m happy to see what’s to come in the next several years.

      One potential good piece of news is that Facebook may start to be on the downturn finally ( I can’t only hope):

      convinceandconvert.com/social-…usage-declined-3-reasons/

      Now that Zelda Informer forums is also a thing is the past, hopefully that can drive more users to ZU.
    • I had no idea that I joined the forum the year it was created. Man, I'm old. I have good memories here. Admittedly, I'm no longer the Zelda lore theorycrafter I once was. I sort of just enjoy Zelda games as they come out now rather than trying to string them all together.

      I was a competitive Super Smash Bros. Melee player back in the day. I enjoy some competitive Ultimate today. Young Link for life! :)

      I'm curious to know more about that event labeled "vBulletin crashes". I mean, I know vBulletin is a bloated mess, but I don't remember such an event. I do remember when the site transitioned to the new design (which seems to still be in effect to some degree with modifications).
    • TheBuzzSaw wrote:

      I had no idea that I joined the forum the year it was created. Man, I'm old. I have good memories here. Admittedly, I'm no longer the Zelda lore theorycrafter I once was. I sort of just enjoy Zelda games as they come out now rather than trying to string them all together.

      I was a competitive Super Smash Bros. Melee player back in the day. I enjoy some competitive Ultimate today. Young Link for life! :)

      I'm curious to know more about that event labeled "vBulletin crashes". I mean, I know vBulletin is a bloated mess, but I don't remember such an event. I do remember when the site transitioned to the new design (which seems to still be in effect to some degree with modifications).
      You joined in 2001?!
    • HeroOfTime5 wrote:

      TheBuzzSaw wrote:

      I had no idea that I joined the forum the year it was created. Man, I'm old. I have good memories here. Admittedly, I'm no longer the Zelda lore theorycrafter I once was. I sort of just enjoy Zelda games as they come out now rather than trying to string them all together.

      I was a competitive Super Smash Bros. Melee player back in the day. I enjoy some competitive Ultimate today. Young Link for life! :)

      I'm curious to know more about that event labeled "vBulletin crashes". I mean, I know vBulletin is a bloated mess, but I don't remember such an event. I do remember when the site transitioned to the new design (which seems to still be in effect to some degree with modifications).
      You joined in 2001?!
      December 02, it seems. Aside from Lars, nobody has a listed join date of 2001.
    • TheBuzzSaw wrote:

      I'm curious to know more about that event labeled "vBulletin crashes". I mean, I know vBulletin is a bloated mess, but I don't remember such an event. I do remember when the site transitioned to the new design (which seems to still be in effect to some degree with modifications).
      It’s a whole saga. Basically vBulletin spent a few months getting less and less stable (well a few years, but in the last few months the problems were getting more and more absurd) until it finally crashed completely.

      We weren’t prepared to switch forum software yet and had the added problem of the database corruption meaning that the transfer to new software would crash partway through and we’d have to fix that problem with trial and error and start the transfer again (which was like a 72 hour process in the first place), rinse and repeat like 30 times. We managed to finally salvage an older version of the database (unfortunately meaning we lost posts that were made after a certain point in our backups) into our current software Burning Board, which we were doing some minor testing on at the time of the crash.

      That lead to the initial launch of Burning Board having a lot of remaining issues and the ZU dev volunteers being completely burned out, so it took a long time to fix some core functionalities. So the whole year or so around that was especially frustrating for the users.

      A user ScarlyCrow who looked at our database last year said that it seemed like someone had done something malicious intentionally to our vBulletin code (I’d imagine during that several year period when people kept hacking into ZU for fun), and that it was a miracle we managed to recover it at all, so there’s that, but it still doesn’t make it any happier of a time for the forums lol.

      Where it stands now is that as far as customising the current software to suit us perfectly we’ve never really managed to put together a dream team of devs who specialise in modern message board software (which these days is like finding a mechanic who specialises in telegrams lol) so we’re still lacking, but at the very least the people who remember the chaos of the late vBulletin years will be glad to hear that we’ve been much more stable than the years they might remember. We have just about 100% uptime, except for a couple of slow minutes a day for the daily backup at ~4am, and occasional unrelated server issues on the non-forum end.
    • Sabbo wrote:

      HeroOfTime5 wrote:

      TheBuzzSaw wrote:

      I had no idea that I joined the forum the year it was created. Man, I'm old. I have good memories here. Admittedly, I'm no longer the Zelda lore theorycrafter I once was. I sort of just enjoy Zelda games as they come out now rather than trying to string them all together.

      I was a competitive Super Smash Bros. Melee player back in the day. I enjoy some competitive Ultimate today. Young Link for life! :)

      I'm curious to know more about that event labeled "vBulletin crashes". I mean, I know vBulletin is a bloated mess, but I don't remember such an event. I do remember when the site transitioned to the new design (which seems to still be in effect to some degree with modifications).
      You joined in 2001?!
      December 02, it seems. Aside from Lars, nobody has a listed join date of 2001.
      Wow, I did not know there were only two users with 2001 join dates. I know a ton of us are 2002. Not many of them are active anymore. :)
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