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We could use an off-topic forum.

Post by zzt » Thu Jun 03, 2004 2:34 pm

You know, a forum where the talk doesn't have to have to deal with Knightmare... but it can be talked about. It's just that pretty much anything can be talked about on the forum I'm proposing... at least, anything that's within TalkKnightmare's rules and regulations. What do you all think of this ide?
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Re:We could use an off-topic forum.

Post by HStorm » Thu Jun 03, 2004 2:41 pm

We've already got one, it's been around since August last year. Goto http://qwaz.proboards22.com/
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Re:We could use an off-topic forum.

Post by beamrider2600 » Tue Jun 08, 2004 5:50 pm

But... thats a different forum - can't we have one on here?
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Re:We could use an off-topic forum.

Post by Illusion » Tue Jun 08, 2004 6:05 pm

Thanks for your question, but that would not be possible mainly for two reasons:

1) It's a Knightmare forum
2) It would cost more in bandwidth

The off topic forum is only one click away. ;D
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Re:We could use an off-topic forum.

Post by Lord_Bob » Sat Jun 12, 2004 8:50 pm

It's not that difficult to sign up on off topic and bookmark that, if that's too much effort then you obviously don't need one that badly. Face it this forum is full enough with just KM topics, and the off topic is full of off topic. Merging the two would be large, expensive and fairly fruitless.

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Post by MoanaLiza » Sat Jun 12, 2004 8:57 pm

and the topics would also end up going waaaaaay off topic.
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Post by beamrider2600 » Sat Jun 12, 2004 9:05 pm

I doubt it would cost anything significant.
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Re:We could use an off-topic forum.

Post by TheBrollachan » Sat Jun 12, 2004 9:12 pm

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Re:We could use an off-topic forum.

Post by HStorm » Sat Jun 12, 2004 9:36 pm

Beamrider, if you really want more, why don't you pay for it? Then we'll all happily agree that it doesn't cost much. Illusion provides this forum for us at his own expense and asks nothing from you in return, so show a little more appreciation!

But in any case, the whole point of opening the off-topic forum was so that the users here could meet up and talk about other stuff but still as part of the KM crowd. It'd be completely redundant setting up an off-topic board on here. As Rob said, it's easy to join the off-topic.
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Re:We could use an off-topic forum.

Post by Illusion » Sat Jun 12, 2004 11:38 pm

It's okay, HStorm. I don't expect everyone to understand how web hosting works, but The Brollachan pretty much illustrates how the costs can add up. Bandwidth is indeed costly, far more than webspace allowance. It's not like this site can run on 10MB of free webspace as it once did!
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Re:We could use an off-topic forum.

Post by beamrider2600 » Sun Jun 13, 2004 11:12 am

Well the thing is, I don't think an extra forum will take up much bandwidth. I do have experience with running forums and I KNOW that adding another forum is not usually an expensive thing, nor is it a difficult thing to do. This isn't a big board - and if things are that restrictive then why not get an ezboard - or better still, a free forum from www.forumer.com? I understand that a big website like knightmare.com costs a lot of money in bandwidth, I also run a couple of websites, but with all respect, as good as this forum is, its relativly low-traffic especially when compared to the website - so you could quite easily get away with running the forum part of the website on a free forum host.
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Re:We could use an off-topic forum.

Post by Illusion » Sun Jun 13, 2004 12:02 pm

Well, yes technically we could move to a free forum such as the one you suggested and that would probably solve the bandwidth/cost issue (although I've often found that free forums have some restrictions, and if not now then maybe months/years down the line).

However, personally I dislike off-topic discussion on the main forum. Hence why I previously invited someone to create and run an off-topic sister to this forum. Also I'm not keen on moving forums again as we've just settled into this one, and the hosting problems seem to have been resolved.
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Re:We could use an off-topic forum.

Post by KFan » Sun Jun 13, 2004 12:38 pm

err... why would you want to move a forum as popular as this to some crappy free forum provider anyway?

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Re:We could use an off-topic forum.

Post by MoanaLiza » Mon Jun 14, 2004 6:16 pm

Also with free forums, you tend to get a few or lots of popups which irritates people who don't have and browser with built in popup blocker like I do. Even if you do have such a browser, some don't seem to stop all popups. The browser I've got is really great though.
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Re:We could use an off-topic forum.

Post by MPK » Mon Jun 14, 2004 7:35 pm

Although this is an interesting debate about forums, may I go back to the suggestion about the Off Topic forum that we ALREADY HAVE!!!

It is easy to get on, a lot easier then setting up a brand new one!

I dont understand all the hassle, are you that lazy that you cant open up an extra window?
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