So what did I miss in the last JESUS CHRIST SEVEN YEARS

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Re: So what did I miss in the last JESUS CHRIST SEVEN YEARS

Post by Q99 » 2019-07-25 09:10am

Gandalf wrote:
2019-07-06 03:16am
The funny thing about people calling N&P a left wing echo chamber is that the fairly tough rules about evidence make it hard to defend common US right wing positions.
For US politics, the options are pretty much 'rightwing echo chamber,' 'continual war where not much productive happens,' or 'everything including any reasonable position debating reasonably, thanks to notable right wing positions being banned.'

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Post by The_Saint » 2019-08-04 03:37am

Is it just me or has the non-USA/Canada/UK news and discussion reduced form some years ago? I wonder if this a reflection on the reduced board patronage or just a reflection of the days news.
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Post by loomer » 2019-08-04 04:32am

The_Saint wrote:
2019-08-04 03:37am
Is it just me or has the non-USA/Canada/UK news and discussion reduced form some years ago? I wonder if this a reflection on the reduced board patronage or just a reflection of the days news.
It certainly seems to have. It's part of why I try and put up a few non-US articles up when I poke my head in.
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Re: So what did I miss in the last JESUS CHRIST SEVEN YEARS

Post by The Romulan Republic » 2019-08-04 11:16am

A lot of that is Donald Trump dominating the news cycle.

There's been a fair bit of discussion of North Korea, Russia, and the Middle East, but a lot of that is of course tied in with America's conflicts in those areas.
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Re: So what did I miss in the last JESUS CHRIST SEVEN YEARS

Post by The_Saint » 2019-08-04 09:31pm

True, on reflection and review of News & Politics it's not quite as skewed as I thought, just the barrage of Trump and related news kinda drowns out the rest.
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Re: So what did I miss in the last JESUS CHRIST SEVEN YEARS

Post by His Divine Shadow » 2019-08-05 08:32am

Broomstick wrote:
2019-07-06 04:10am
Several people who used to be regular posters here seem to have left, and message boards are slowly going the way of the flip-phone so this place isn't nearly as active as it used to be.
I don't know why, they are the best form of group communication and one of the best ways to organize communal data that can be beneficial for all. All the others suck (FB, instagram, reddit, etc).

I'm a member of several forums still quite active because there are no alternatives to the kind of discussion and sharing they provide.

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Re: So what did I miss in the last JESUS CHRIST SEVEN YEARS

Post by The Romulan Republic » 2019-08-05 09:22pm

Yeah, for actual discussion as a group, Facebook is a far inferior format, and Tumblr (the only other social media site I use) is even worse (its more for posting images than text, and badly organized at that). There's really no good reason for the death of forums, except that Facebook and Twitter have more money behind them. Its not like they were out-competed by a superior platform.
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Re: So what did I miss in the last JESUS CHRIST SEVEN YEARS

Post by TimothyC » 2019-08-06 09:06am

The Romulan Republic wrote:
2019-08-05 09:22pm
Yeah, for actual discussion as a group, Facebook is a far inferior format, and Tumblr (the only other social media site I use) is even worse (its more for posting images than text, and badly organized at that). There's really no good reason for the death of forums, except that Facebook and Twitter have more money behind them. Its not like they were out-competed by a superior platform.
Reddit and facebook ate their lunch. Seriously. Most people don't want real discussion, they want confirmation, and facebook filled that void better than a thousand internet forums for lots of people. Lots of people already had a facebook account, and once you make one account for reddit, you can join sub-reddits at will, lowering the cost barrier of entry.
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Post by Ubiquitous » 2019-08-08 06:06pm

The Romulan Republic wrote:
2019-08-05 09:22pm
Yeah, for actual discussion as a group, Facebook is a far inferior format, and Tumblr (the only other social media site I use) is even worse (its more for posting images than text, and badly organized at that). There's really no good reason for the death of forums, except that Facebook and Twitter have more money behind them. Its not like they were out-competed by a superior platform.
Spacebattles seems to be doing well still. I've just logged on to there (and here) for the first time in about a year, and its noticeable how they have prospered far in excess to when I was active there 2000-2006.

Does anyone know how Mike is? Did an event on here stop him posting, or did he just quietly drift offline? I hope he's ok, and that you're all doing well.
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Post by Mr Bean » 2019-08-08 09:25pm

Does anyone know how Mike is? Did an event on here stop him posting, or did he just quietly drift offline? I hope he's ok, and that you're all doing well.
Mike is on Facebook, possibly discord, possibly twitter and checks but does not post here.

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Six years ago my grandmother who did more more good in one year then my mother did in sixteen died and I was negotiating for vaccination time to visit her in the hospital only to find out she had passed over the weekend
Five years ago I went back to college till my mother had her freakout that pulled me out handling her issues
Four years ago my brain decided now was good for a depression spiral
Three years ago I started pulling myself out
Two years ago I was out but still having the odd bad weekend
A year ago I stabilized climb as a high as I could go up the ladder at my ISP job
This year I moved jobs to a different ISP to do far less work for the same money, got laid off three months after starting and got three months severance which was nice.

Now I'm considering a move based on the climate and moving to something north of 41* latitude to offset the shit summers. Been interviewing in places like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Iowa ect. I see this board like twice a week? It's a long step down from 2011 when I spent 12 hour work shifts playing server jockey with SD.Net on an auto-refreshing window on my 3rd monitor.

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Re: So what did I miss in the last JESUS CHRIST SEVEN YEARS

Post by Silver Jedi » 2019-08-16 05:22pm

The_Saint wrote:
2019-07-09 11:56pm
Possibly still a bunch of lurkers like myself haunting the threads.
Did someone say lurkers :o

Looking back, it appears I made about half as many posts in the last 7 years as I did in the ~10 years before that, for a total just under 300 in 17 years.

If there's an official (or unofficial) discord server or other chat that folks have migrated to, I'd love to lurk there too!
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Re: So what did I miss in the last JESUS CHRIST SEVEN YEARS

Post by Elheru Aran » 2019-08-17 02:28pm

Silver Jedi wrote:
2019-08-16 05:22pm
The_Saint wrote:
2019-07-09 11:56pm
Possibly still a bunch of lurkers like myself haunting the threads.
Did someone say lurkers :o

Looking back, it appears I made about half as many posts in the last 7 years as I did in the ~10 years before that, for a total just under 300 in 17 years.

If there's an official (or unofficial) discord server or other chat that folks have migrated to, I'd love to lurk there too!
There's never been anything official off site, even the Facebook page isn't official. PM Ace Pace for info on the Discord, he's the often-absent landlord of the chat.
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Post by Kamakazie Sith » 2019-08-17 10:42pm

Ubiquitous wrote:
2019-08-08 06:06pm


Spacebattles seems to be doing well still. I've just logged on to there (and here) for the first time in about a year, and its noticeable how they have prospered far in excess to when I was active there 2000-2006.
A lot of SDN people went over there, or in my case went back, for their internet discussion fix. I've been a lot less active lately but for no bad reason.
Does anyone know how Mike is? Did an event on here stop him posting, or did he just quietly drift offline? I hope he's ok, and that you're all doing well.
Mike is actually very active on facebook.
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Post by Ubiquitous » 2019-08-21 02:02pm

Kamakazie Sith wrote:
2019-08-17 10:42pm
Mike is actually very active on facebook.
That's good news. When I saw he hadn't posted in years I immediately thought the worst (stupid anxiety). Glad he's ok and thankful that he still maintains this website.
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Post by Elheru Aran » 2019-08-21 03:45pm

Ubiquitous wrote:
2019-08-21 02:02pm
Kamakazie Sith wrote:
2019-08-17 10:42pm
Mike is actually very active on facebook.
That's good news. When I saw he hadn't posted in years I immediately thought the worst (stupid anxiety). Glad he's ok and thankful that he still maintains this website.
He had to get his fix of calling people WTPF's somewhere, and Facebook is pretty fertile ground for that kind of thing...
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Post by mr friendly guy » 2019-08-28 09:44am

Ubiquitous wrote:
2019-08-08 06:06pm
Does anyone know how Mike is? Did an event on here stop him posting, or did he just quietly drift offline? I hope he's ok, and that you're all doing well.
Mike is still active on Facebook. I am not Facebook friends with him, but he pops up in my recommendation because we are both friends with Edi (one of the mods here). Mike is still as sarcastic as the old days. He comes up with a comment everyday lambasting Trump, Trump's supporters and Conservative ideology.
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Post by Marko Dash » 2019-08-31 04:13am

and there you have why the board is dying out, it's become a hatebox echochamber
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Post by The Romulan Republic » 2019-08-31 11:22pm

Marko Dash wrote:
2019-08-31 04:13am
and there you have why the board is dying out, it's become a hatebox echochamber
Yeah, I'm sure the board's overall quality would be improved if this was a more welcoming environment to Neo-Fascists. :roll:
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Post by Gandalf » 2019-09-01 03:06am

The Romulan Republic wrote:
2019-08-31 11:22pm
Marko Dash wrote:
2019-08-31 04:13am
and there you have why the board is dying out, it's become a hatebox echochamber
Yeah, I'm sure the board's overall quality would be improved if this was a more welcoming environment to Neo-Fascists. :roll:
Look at the old N&P from 2003 or so. They used to roam free.
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Post by Marko Dash » 2019-09-01 03:23am

Yes but look at it this way, I live in the birthplace of the former Confederacy, and i never heard anything about Obama that's was anything near the level of vitriolic hatred that this board directs towards Trump.

The guy's an asshole but he's not the devil incarnate, he could personally cure cancer and I'd find a post in n&p the next day disparaging it.
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Post by Gandalf » 2019-09-01 06:24am

How did the stuff you heard compare with the vitriol thrown at Obama here?
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Post by Ritterin Sophia » 2019-09-07 04:51pm

I came back after coming out as trans and changing my username. Also I'm a self-identified left-wing radical now.
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Post by Dalton » 2019-09-11 07:51pm

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I still talk to Mike on FB seeing as I’m currently in charge of his baby
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Post by Ubiquitous » 2019-09-13 06:10pm

Dalton wrote:
2019-09-11 07:51pm
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I still talk to Mike on FB seeing as I’m currently in charge of his baby
Thanks for helping maintain the website!
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