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Important message about the future of the forum
« on: Aug 22, 15, 10:12 AM »

Calling all Barfly's, Regulars and Casuals

We haven't seen most of you for quite a while and that concerns us Landlords.

We have a problem, the board software is very overdue an update and Derek spends more time fighting spammers than he does reading posts. The current amount of activity really doesn't warrant the time and effort needed to do this, so we are at the crossroads, it is decision time.

If enough members come back and post we can look at keeping going and upgrading the software, however if we don't have an active community regularly posting and taking part then we are going to have to call time, hang a towel on the pumps and close down completely.

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #1 on: Aug 22, 15, 11:32 AM »
Well I have noticed that it is myself, Obblie and Yvonne  :-* mainly who at least post something, even if it is a quick reply.

It is a shame that the forum appears to be dying through lack of interest, or people have moved on to other forums for some reason, or, have lost interest in being active in any forum as other things have taken their interest.

I think we were once a brake-away forum from Karl's forum many moons ago now, and sadly Karl died through an accident, which I expect many remember.

Sadly for me, I think the end is nigh, unless.....................?
I intend to live forever. So far, so good - But, too many Birthdays can kill you.

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #2 on: Aug 22, 15, 12:23 PM »
It has been fun & I've really enjoyed my time here, I appreciate what Richard, Babs, Derek & Obblie have done with this site also,  but as Baron said I think most people have moved on & I feel it will be inevitable also,

Thanks for all the fun times.  :beer1:
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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #3 on: Aug 22, 15, 02:13 PM »
 :'(  I do hope we can pull together and save our pub.I'm afraid Fb took me away.I have looked in occasionally but haven't posted I am sorry to say.  :tnx: for all the help and friendships I have gained over the years.
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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #4 on: Aug 22, 15, 09:10 PM »
I have to admit that FaceBook took me away. But I miss some of you guys and hop in only occasionally to see what you're up to.

It will be the end of an era. I too hopped in from Karls Forums. Loved the smilies, the fun, the incredibly practical help, the games, the encouragement and general fun in here.
I met quite a few folks in Bristol before I left for NZ over 10 years ago. Some of you are on FB.
So I'm guessing it will be see yer before long.

Just a thought: How about an OurLocal FB page? It could be closed to membership only rules?
Love you all to bits.
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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #5 on: Aug 22, 15, 10:41 PM »

Just a thought: How about an OurLocal FB page? It could be closed to membership only rules?


That's a possibility I'd not considered... that would make is a lot more phone-friendly in an instant... and easier to use at work without upsetting the firewall-admin too ;)

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #6 on: Aug 23, 15, 09:33 AM »

Just a thought: How about an OurLocal FB page? It could be closed to membership only rules?


What a great idea!

I've been dragged kicking and screaming into FB because "everyone else" is there. Some friends don't ever use email and don't visit my blog (which is also on its way out, or has gone already, not sure which) and without FB we'd lose touch completely.  I wish it wasn't so but it does mean that an Our Local FB page makes a lot of sense.

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #7 on: Aug 23, 15, 09:41 AM »
I'll add my vote for the FB plan too. :)

And anything I can do to help, just ask.

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #8 on: Aug 23, 15, 03:48 PM »

Just a thought: How about an OurLocal FB page? It could be closed to membership only rules?
Love you all to bits.
Lil xxxxxxx

That has legs  :10:
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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #9 on: Aug 23, 15, 06:05 PM »
Given the positive noises made about continuing within Facefuck, I've created a group for us there.

It's a secret group, which means unless you're a member it's not visible at all, so you can behave as badly as you dare - the only things I'll remove will be spam, hate, and outright porn... that's in order to comply with FB terms and conditions.

Some of you whose FB identities I know have already been either added or invited - others will need to message me for an invite, this is my profile https://www.facebook.com/richard.north.75

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #10 on: Aug 23, 15, 06:27 PM »
Given the positive noises made about continuing within Facefuck, I've created a group for us there.

It's a secret group, which means unless you're a member it's not visible at all, so you can behave as badly as you dare - the only things I'll remove will be spam, hate, and outright porn... that's in order to comply with FB terms and conditions.

Some of you whose FB identities I know have already been either added or invited - others will need to message me for an invite, this is my profile https://www.facebook.com/richard.north.75


Excellent work, Richard. Thanks.

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #11 on: Aug 23, 15, 06:39 PM »
I know since FB, many forums have dropped membership or dropped off the radar. When I worked a night shift, I seemed to have more time to play on the net by either visiting various  forums or just causing mayhem!  :blush:

Now my job has changed and I am here, there and everywhere. I no longer have the time to play. I tend to do hit & run post with Facebook, but at least it would be easier to log into even on my crappy old phone!



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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #12 on: Aug 23, 15, 08:17 PM »
I have avoided FB with a passion but have recently been forced to open an account as part of the very strange work that I do so I may well find you on there.
I hung around Karls Forums for a few years, mainly in the PC Help forum but OL never seemed to grow the help forums the same cos we are all such wizzy dudes that we don't need help!! :)

I spend most of my time nowadays outside work running a successful shop on eBay and being a very active member on two Vauxhall owners forums and only just manage to keep up with everything as it is.

My other half has a very active FB account and she has also had the e-mail which has brought me here so I may just keep in touch via that means cos I can't use my existing FB account for anything that actually identifies my real persona.

Either way I have met two of you and enjoyed the interaction over the last 10 or so years (probably a lot longer than that to be honest) and wish the admin the best for the future and thank you for your input and efforts to make this work. Also another easily overlooked thing is the monetary costs involved in running a site like this and know who the costs are shared by so a particular thank you to those peeps in particular.
Now what should I put here?? Let me have a think.....

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #13 on: Aug 23, 15, 08:53 PM »

I can't use my existing FB account for anything that actually identifies my real persona.


You're perfectly capable of creating a sock-puppet specifically for the purpose, just as you did here...  :yup:

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #14 on: Aug 23, 15, 09:40 PM »
OH FUCK I'M BACK ON FACEFUCKBOOK

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #15 on: Aug 24, 15, 08:44 AM »
O-L on Fb ?  brilliant idea,Wonder if I can find it ? :tnx:
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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #16 on: Aug 24, 15, 08:57 AM »
Course y.can, Lyn :) Email Richard the Landlord for an invite.   Assuming you're on FB?

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #17 on: Aug 24, 15, 11:30 AM »
Hi Lil & Lyn,  ;D

Good to see you both, ...... but I'm not a fan of Facebook, so probably won't be popping in there.  :-\
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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #18 on: Aug 24, 15, 04:05 PM »
O-L on Fb ?  brilliant idea,Wonder if I can find it ? :tnx:

If you think you can find it, you've done your usual trick of reading what you want to rather than what's in front of you  :lh:
Donna has invited you, and you're in.

God help us all  :-\

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #19 on: Aug 24, 15, 04:06 PM »
Hi Lil & Lyn,  ;D

Good to see you both, ...... but I'm not a fan of Facebook, so probably won't be popping in there.  :-\

I'm not a fan of Facefuck either, but I'm rather stuck with it  :nooo:

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #20 on: Aug 24, 15, 11:33 PM »
I'm not a fan of Facefuck either, but I'm rather stuck with it  :nooo:


Hi Richard,  I realise it's probably the best option for you & will save a lot of trouble,
I just have a thing about it.  ;)  :)
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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #21 on: Aug 25, 15, 08:40 AM »
I've posted on the Facebook page a request for peeps to still visit here because we have some very loyal members that don't like facebook.
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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #22 on: Aug 25, 15, 04:45 PM »
I've posted on the Facebook page a request for peeps to still visit here because we have some very loyal members that don't like facebook.
Considering the original post, I fail to see that as any kind of long or even medium scale answer.

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #23 on: Aug 25, 15, 04:47 PM »
I've posted on the Facebook page a request for peeps to still visit here because we have some very loyal members that don't like facebook.

Including us!

The only reason I joined FB at all was because that's where my son had posted pictures of my first Grandson... if I didn't join I didn't see them.

Myself, it feels like anybody that's not willing to bite the bullet and do the same is saying that a decade or more of friendship just isn't worth the effort - and that hurts  :'(

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #24 on: Aug 25, 15, 04:49 PM »
Including us!

The only reason I joined FB at all was because that's where my son had posted pictures of my first Grandson... if I didn't join I didn't see them.

Myself, it feels like anybody that's not willing to bite the bullet and do the same is saying that a decade or more of friendship just isn't worth the effort - and that hurts  :'(


I joined FB only because it was necessary for the job I was doing then.

I not exactly a FB fanclub member, but it's ok.

And, as the original post makes clear, it might be FB or nothing.

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #25 on: Aug 25, 15, 07:21 PM »
You're perfectly capable of creating a sock-puppet specifically for the purpose, just as you did here...  :yup:

How about Casper T Ghost?

I know he sounds like a character from a Marx Brothers film, but where did Caspie come from  >:D
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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #26 on: Aug 25, 15, 08:12 PM »
 I've just come from the Facebook page really want to keep our local going what else will I do with Obblie his digging expertise is not wonderful although he is better at weeding but it has rained here for most of the summer and I'm afraid that as well as his other ailments too much gardening would give him a nasty dose of rust. He is safer in our local!
« Last Edit: Aug 25, 15, 08:20 PM by Obblie »

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #27 on: Aug 25, 15, 08:27 PM »
? Last Edit: Today at 07:20 PM by Obblie ?

Corrected for typo's honestly  :angel3:

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #28 on: Aug 25, 15, 09:46 PM »
How about Casper T Ghost?

I know he sounds like a character from a Marx Brothers film, but where did Caspie come from  >:D

Someone has a very long memory. :)

Caspie T Ghost even had his very own video posted on Karls Forums after a very long running tease.

Or the answer could be Singapore - all depending on the question of course.

Or even 42.
Now what should I put here?? Let me have a think.....

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #29 on: Aug 26, 15, 08:00 AM »
Fido has applied  :barrel:
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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #30 on: Aug 26, 15, 11:12 AM »
Hi all

As one of the auld members that have sadly fallen away I will do my wee bit if it helps at all. I?ve enjoyed much PC help and loads of fun over the years in OL and will always have fond memories of ye reprobates  :hat3:

I fecking hate FB but if it helps keeps the community going then lets give it a go. :nut:

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #31 on: Aug 27, 15, 10:02 AM »
Yvonne hope yu can join us if only for the OL FB group xx FB annoys the hell out of me but it became invalueable to me when mums ill and Im on my own x
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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #32 on: Aug 27, 15, 01:36 PM »
Hi Donna;D

I'm concerned about getting spam etc. on FB, not sure how safe it is.  :-\
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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #33 on: Aug 27, 15, 01:42 PM »
I don't get any spam from facebook

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #34 on: Aug 28, 15, 12:45 AM »
I don't get any spam from facebook


Your word's good enough, I may give it a go.  :hat3:
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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #35 on: Aug 30, 15, 08:16 AM »
All you need to make sure of Yvonne and all of us can help is what information you allow to be seen - even my mum can handle it with no bother and as ya know thats a BIG THING for mum xx

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #36 on: Aug 31, 15, 02:39 PM »
I don't get any spam from facebook
Nor me.

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #37 on: Sep 03, 15, 10:01 AM »
Quote
Just a thought: How about an OurLocal FB page? It could be closed to membership only rules?
Love you all to bits.
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Was going to say the same thing!  :pckitty:

Off to find the page....  :tnx:

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #38 on: Sep 03, 15, 10:08 AM »
Have messaged you Richard - gone to 'other folder' cos we are not friends..  :'(

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #39 on: Sep 03, 15, 10:11 AM »
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I have sent you an email invite to the group, Assuming that your email address here is the same as the facebook email

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #40 on: Sep 03, 15, 10:42 AM »
Got this from Derek's invite:

This content is currently unavailable
The page you requested cannot be displayed at the moment. It may be temporarily unavailable, the link you clicked on may have expired, or you may not have permission to view this page.
Return home

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #41 on: Sep 03, 15, 10:52 AM »
send me a pm with your facebook details I will add you as a friend and invite you from that

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #42 on: Sep 04, 15, 07:12 PM »
Nice knowing you all.  Due to the nature of my former job I do not do farcebook.
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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #43 on: Sep 13, 15, 04:02 PM »
Hi all,

Spurred into life by this scary prospect. Unfortunately life outside the internet has been keeping more than busy enough.

I keep meaning to pop in but never seem to get round to it. Happy to keep in touch through the FB page but not exactly prolific there either  :-[
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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #44 on: Nov 17, 15, 11:41 AM »
I am going to find time over the next couple of weeks or so to update the software to SMF 2 & see what happens
we will lose some functionality like tiny portal and Arcade to start with.
I will install portal, but I am not so sure about arcade
We will lose OL theme at first & it will be plain, but I will work on rebuilding it

Lets see if we can rebuild this community up again and get it thriving

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Re: Important message about the future of the forum
« Reply #45 on: Nov 17, 15, 02:09 PM »

Myself, it feels like anybody that's not willing to bite the bullet and do the same is saying that a decade or more of friendship just isn't worth the effort - and that hurts  :'(


Poor you. That's rather harsh.
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