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« on: February 16, 2022, 07:14:40 pm »

Are you still a part of any message boards or forums?
Which ones did you visit back in the day?

I think a lot of the people who used forums in the 2000s have moved onto facebook groups and reddit, which take on a more formal tone - though I do think those newer spaces still output high quality content from its members.

The HERInteractive Nancy Drew pc games still have an active message board but the mods on there power trip all the time!!! I remember even back in 2015 they wouldn't allow you to mention lgbtqa ships because 'sexual content' was banned  >:( but people could ramble on about Ned/Nancy ship all day smh...
That being said I love the messageboard experience and how each has its own biome hehehe
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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2022, 09:26:00 am »

I love forums!

I'm really grateful Melon started this one, which is one of my favorite. I enjoy the aesthetic, the people, the topics, the fact that it feels "small" in that people aren't strangers. It rekindled my appreciation for forums so much that it made me want to create a forum software (that's now used on status cafe).

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I think a lot of the people who used forums in the 2000s have moved onto facebook groups and reddit, which take on a more formal tone - though I do think those newer spaces still output high quality content from its members.

True... around the beginning of the 2010's we started using our real names and not pseudonyms anymore. It instantly adds formality, and even anxiety to share or write. And that's just one thing among the many.  :^P
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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2022, 04:38:34 pm »

Very true! Back in the days of the old web I remember having a list of websites to hit every day, checking updates/messages/changes. for most ppl, that muscle hasn't been worked in a decade because all of our content is on the same 5 sites + those sites are all owned by the same companies!! that said, the forum revival won't be easy but the people who are dedicated will get a lot out of it!
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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2022, 05:38:13 am »

i dont know how i ran across it but i used to be obsessed with a forum called GameTalk!!!

also, it doesnt count as a message board i guess but i wrote tons of fanfiction.net ages ago. lol. fanfiction.net obviously was more open about lgbt stuff and honestly that was part of where i got awakened cause i mainly wrote yaoi slash fics  :^P
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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2022, 06:01:17 am »

i honestly don't remember the forums i used to frequent, i remember being a part of a couple of furcadia roleplay forum communities etc, and a couple of warriorcats ones. now, i occasionally frequent an organic gardening forum, and a permaculture forum. (permies!) i think this is the first one i've actually posted on in years though, i mostly just lurk in others and use them to find tips and resources.
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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2022, 08:54:30 am »

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i remember being a part of a couple of furcadia roleplay forum communities

Come to think of it, is your avatar a Furcadia portrait? I always appreciated those custom portraits; that low res, low color depth pixel art is super cool to me!
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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2022, 05:11:12 pm »

is your avatar a Furcadia portrait? I always appreciated those custom portraits; that low res, low color depth pixel art is super cool to me!
it is hahaha! 95x95 8) its the one i still use in-game, i still log in occasionally even though it's a ghost town now.
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« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2022, 08:42:30 pm »

i honestly don't remember the forums i used to frequent, i remember being a part of a couple of furcadia roleplay forum communities etc, and a couple of warriorcats ones. now, i occasionally frequent an organic gardening forum, and a permaculture forum. (permies!) i think this is the first one i've actually posted on in years though, i mostly just lurk in others and use them to find tips and resources.

i was on a few warrior cats rp forums too! god i long have forgotten what they were though .. xP i was really into warriorcats rp'ing on furc haha. i loved those dreams when you could be a lil feral cat (before there were cat digos o_o)
p.s. your portrait + site are soo cool looking (✧ω✧)

another forum i'm on besides this one is pixelgardenmb!

i also frequented oekaki boards back in the day, when they were more commonplace :-p i don't think i personally drew in loish's board (i just can't remember the ones i DID draw in), but i followed her on deviantart and probably admired it from a distance. (it was normal to see some boards have a separate 'sketch' section and you had to try out to get into the 'regular/advanced' oekaki board.) i *swear* i saw a version of this site with a really elaborate splash page, but i can't find the link now haha. https://web.archive.org/web/20040904130052/http://oekaki.loish.net/

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« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2022, 01:31:00 am »

drawception my home
grew up on this place
then the userbase started to shift and i was entering the cringe saltlord phase of my teenage years and got booted out
but at this point everyone else had left for discord thats where my current friend group is

i also browse knockout forums, basically facepunch 2, mostly for the lmaopics thread and occasional informational videos
im kinda mixed on that place, on one side the things i mentioned, on the other sometimes the place gets extremely doomery

my first ever memory of using a forum was when i was somewhere 6-7 and i went to a russian bionicle forum and being a child instantly covered it in smiley spam and then the whole place shut down. oops.
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« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2022, 03:56:26 pm »

The forums I used to frequent the most was Syndrone, an avatar site similar to Gaia Online. It had an excellent avatar customization system. I used to go there a lot during my college days in 2015-2017. Too bad it was shut down years ago.
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