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    • My favorite 2001 forum page is this one though: web.archive.org/web/2001060401…forums.zeldauniverse.net/

      "You are free to post everything you feel to, as long as it follow the rules below. We apreciate people who come back and post often, therefore, we have got a rank :
      0-50 Posts : ZeldaUniverse Forum Regular Member
      50-100 Posts : ZeldaUniverse Forum Important Member
      100-250 Posts : ZeldaUniverse Forum Very Important Member
      300-1000 Posts : ZeldaUniverse Forum Moderator
      1000+ Posts : ZeldaUniverse Forum ADMIN
      That's it. The more posts you have, the more respect and power you get!"
    • Cody wrote:

      My favorite 2001 forum page is this one though: web.archive.org/web/2001060401…forums.zeldauniverse.net/

      "You are free to post everything you feel to, as long as it follow the rules below. We apreciate people who come back and post often, therefore, we have got a rank :

      0-50 Posts : ZeldaUniverse Forum Regular Member

      50-100 Posts : ZeldaUniverse Forum Important Member

      100-250 Posts : ZeldaUniverse Forum Very Important Member

      300-1000 Posts : ZeldaUniverse Forum Moderator

      1000+ Posts : ZeldaUniverse Forum ADMIN

      That's it. The more posts you have, the more respect and power you get!"
      Go back to the old ways you coward
    • zoraluigi wrote:

      Cody wrote:

      My favorite 2001 forum page is this one though: web.archive.org/web/2001060401…forums.zeldauniverse.net/

      "You are free to post everything you feel to, as long as it follow the rules below. We apreciate people who come back and post often, therefore, we have got a rank :

      0-50 Posts : ZeldaUniverse Forum Regular Member

      50-100 Posts : ZeldaUniverse Forum Important Member

      100-250 Posts : ZeldaUniverse Forum Very Important Member

      300-1000 Posts : ZeldaUniverse Forum Moderator

      1000+ Posts : ZeldaUniverse Forum ADMIN

      That's it. The more posts you have, the more respect and power you get!"
      Go back to the old ways you coward
      That's not something you bring up with Cody. That was a Lars thing before the forums were a thing. That would cause mass chaos if instituted today.
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      -Lozzie
    • Lozzie wrote:

      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. :)
      Just one, not two.
    • Cody wrote:

      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.
      This intrigues me. For much of my life, I've actually wanted to create some modern forum software (particularly a system that runs faster and scales better). I actually brought this idea up with a few people recently, but I cannot bring myself to greenlight such a project due to lack of demand. Things like Facebook and Discord sort of destroyed much of the appeal for community-in-a-box style web software.

      Am I wrong? I'm always hoping I am. I recently searched for "best forum software" and was mortified to see systems like phpBB and MyBB still topping the list. Like, really? In 2019? Those are the best options still? I love forums so much, I'd be willing to do it as a business. (I am aware of Discourse. I like Discourse, but it's a very different flavor of forum.)

      Anyway, yeah, I always resented vBulletin's market dominance. They always had this aura about them that suggested they didn't really enjoy what they did; they just wanted your money. Haha. Maybe that's not fair to say, but one look at their site shows they've largely halted development.
    • Yeah that's how it goes. In this era where anyone can start a subreddit or a facebook group or a discord server, traditional message board software development is basically on life support. You can find some relatively stable software that looks like it came out 10 years ago, but not much that really adapts to the times, aside from stuff like Discourse (which we looked at, but it's just too different for a lot of the current forum users to adapt to).
    • Well, if you get a chance, respond to my survey.

      docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAI…SihLrQPYTUi-jutQ/viewform

      And I'm posting this publicly because I'm honestly open to anyone with an opinion on the matter. I want forums to reclaim their former glory. I just need to do some soul-searching and determine whether the world has really changed or I personally changed. Forums still exist, but I don't engage the way I used to.
    • I remember when a person named Mercutio had a signature shop on the forums.

      I remember when there were honored fans on the main page for anybody who sent Anakin- money to help support the site. I remember when a 14 year old me convinced my Mom to send a $15 money order to a random guy in Norway.

      I remember when my life revolved around Legend of Zelda and the various fan websites about it.

      I remember the good times!
      I'm an old Honored Fan from when Lars owned and ran the website who managed to remember the password to his account that I made when I was 15 years old. Any posts prior to February 19, 2019 are the ones I wasn't able to delete from the archives. Some of them are maximum cringe.

      I am keeping the same avatar because it is one I uploaded some time prior to 2008.
    • Cody wrote:

      @OldHonoredFan shared this on Discord - a ZU Scrapbook website from 2004. Some classic photos there. link21911.tripod.com/zuscrapbook/index.html
      Ah, the memories. We will all just remember that if you look at that scrapbook and then read my old posts that I wasn't able to delete that I was... 15 years old. Hahaha. That website did another photo to my small collection of childhood photos though. :)
      I'm an old Honored Fan from when Lars owned and ran the website who managed to remember the password to his account that I made when I was 15 years old. Any posts prior to February 19, 2019 are the ones I wasn't able to delete from the archives. Some of them are maximum cringe.

      I am keeping the same avatar because it is one I uploaded some time prior to 2008.
    • TheBuzzSaw wrote:

      I want forums to reclaim their former glory. I just need to do some soul-searching and determine whether the world has really changed or I personally changed. Forums still exist, but I don't engage the way I used to.
      I don't think we'll ever see the clock roll back on this. Facebook and social media apps have sucked up all the oxygen. In a lot of ways Facebook is the internet for many users, some of whom have never known or participated in an internet without Facebook. For these people, Facebook serves either as their only destination, or as a hub from which they only venture when referred by links within Facebook.

      Going back is a tough sell even for those who remember the heyday of forums, I think. Social media is passive: you open an app and things are presented to you. You post things context-free and they're launched out into the ether, to everyone. A forum requires active participation: Reading requires finding topics of interest, scrolling lines of thread titles, conducting searches. Posts are explicitly part of a discussion, each needing a purpose and a place to go. It is simply too much work for today's users.

      also, get off my lawn
    • Cody wrote:

      @OldHonoredFan shared this on Discord - a ZU Scrapbook website from 2004. Some classic photos there. link21911.tripod.com/zuscrapbook/index.html
      I remember some of those photos.

      F3 wrote:

      TheBuzzSaw wrote:

      I want forums to reclaim their former glory. I just need to do some soul-searching and determine whether the world has really changed or I personally changed. Forums still exist, but I don't engage the way I used to.
      I don't think we'll ever see the clock roll back on this. Facebook and social media apps have sucked up all the oxygen. In a lot of ways Facebook is the internet for many users, some of whom have never known or participated in an internet without Facebook. For these people, Facebook serves either as their only destination, or as a hub from which they only venture when referred by links within Facebook.
      Going back is a tough sell even for those who remember the heyday of forums, I think. Social media is passive: you open an app and things are presented to you. You post things context-free and they're launched out into the ether, to everyone. A forum requires active participation: Reading requires finding topics of interest, scrolling lines of thread titles, conducting searches. Posts are explicitly part of a discussion, each needing a purpose and a place to go. It is simply too much work for today's users.

      also, get off my lawn
      Yeah, the glory days of the forums have been replaced with social media. Also so many thriving communities from back in the day are gone now. Lots of the domains don't even exist anymore.

      I've always enjoyed forums over social media. Despite more of an anonymous presence without your real name and picture attached to your profile, talking to the same names over and over I've noticed people seem to get along far better on forums. Social media pages like Facebook are a cesspool of arguing.

      Maybe it's a midlife crisis but I started to miss the old forum days a couple years ago and decided to come back here more frequently.