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Sometimes Terra / Welcome to Gaming Nerds Я Us (with a history lesson)!
« on: December 06, 2017, 05:22:27 pm »
Originally by MTS, on July 21, 2010, 05:47:27 AM

Gaming Nerds Я Us started off as an adult MSN community roughly about nine years ago. Saber Jade Wylde, and I started it with Arios and his wife Heather. Eventually MSN changed communities to groups, and eventually they shipped off adult groups to World Groups. I attempted to transfer it there, but I can no longer access my sign in there, and I find the overall layout of the site to not be to my liking.

During the first year, we added a Yahoo Group as a "sister site" for the original (mostly because MSN's maximum file size allotment was rather small). At some point (I am not sure when), it was cloned to Grouply. I was able to import my MSN account there, but I feel about the same way about Grouply as I do about World Groups.

As much as I appreciate Yahoo Groups remaining open to this day, I find their forum to be lacking, and there are far too few customization options to improve them overall.

I finally decided to start a "proper" website, and stumbled across SixServe which [I thought was] an excellent webhost [at the time]. They offer unlimited hosting for free, if you do not mind putting up with a few ads. I don't like ads (which is why I use Firefox), and I didn't want any of our visitors to have to suffer though them either. I payed the one time free to make this website ad free permanently, and unless they change how they work, I promise this website will always remain ad free.

Originally I had planned to make the website pure .html, but I decided on a forum and a portal because I enjoy them more, and find them much easier to maintain.

The first incarnation of this website was though phpbb3. With the mods I wanted (only about half of them worked) it was buggy to say the least. I switched to SMF for the current incarnation of the site, and I find it to be much more stable and easier to mod and tweak to my needs.

Sixserve, while it was great for the money, tended to lag, and hang for many users (I had been told). The other problem I had was ownership switched hands, and lots of upgrades were being done, which completely hosed the LotGD client (even the private one  was testing in beta) beyond repair. The only option I had was to rebuild from scratch, but with the control panel being offline for a day or two at a time (often), and more upgrades planned for the future, I knew it was long past time to pack up and move again. Pf course, there were other issues as well:

Currently there are no "hard" rules for the forum other then keep your posts mostly appropriate - the exceptions being the writer's forums. The same applies to avatars. While it really does not bother me either way, SixServe's Terms of Service are concise and clear:

Currently there are no "hard" rules for the forum other then keep your posts mostly appropriate - the exceptions being the writer's forums. The same applies to avatars. While it really does not bother me either way, SixServe's Terms of Service are concise and clear:

Now that we have left Sixserve behind, the only hard and fast rule is no hard core pornography. I don't want to have to draft rules, so please do not make me.

I think what ticked me off the most about Sixserve was when they "accidentally" deleted the old website (yes I was a paid Premium member) and this was all they had to say about it:

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"We have determined it was an error from the system. We are giving you a new account and you will receive a conformational email with the details. ...We are sorry for the inconvenience."

That took them a week to come up with, and that was on their "Priority Support" for paid members. No offer was made to even try to restore my lost data. SixServe can go fuck themselves. I strongly recommend finding anyone else to host you if you want to build your own website.

So I looked into web hosting I could afford, and moved to iPanel, and now Gaming Nerds Я Us has a proper .com name! Some issues happened with the domain name (due to being given incorrect information by a member of their staff - they made it up by buying me a year of with my domain name), and Gaming Nerds Я Us dot com lost the .com. It migrated to a .co.

While I was between jobs, the site came up for renewal. I was forced to ask for donations to the fans who raised significant money for the website, but not enough for annual iPage hosting. I started looking into other sites, and Host Gator offered me a better deal, and they offer month to month hosting in addition to better prices. Also, they use cPanel which is the best website control panel in the world!

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If you are looking for a host, we are willing to host your work. You can either start a thread in the netbooks section or shoot me a PM. It will go though a quick staff review and we will let you know. If you would like to have your own subforum, we will consider that request as well.

For works in progress, just shoot us a sample (if available) and we will even provide a private subforum so you and your staff (should you have one) can work together.

Happy Gaming!
MTS

Last Edit on July 11, 2012, 04:50:20 PM by MajorTomSawyer

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Koffee Haus / Koffee Haus Forum Rules
« on: December 06, 2017, 03:58:37 pm »
To be proactive, I am copying and adapting rules written by a friend of mine for another forum.

1) Do not hijack another person's thread - If you start posting off-topic bits on another person's thread your post will be deleted. There will be no warning.

2) No Flaming - Now I am not saying this forum has to be like the terrible fanfic community the Attic. For those of you who have been spared the indignity of the Attic, I think this explains it all:

Quote from: Sim Ding0

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Short Version

It's a fanfic community.

Long Version

It's a fanfic community which shot to fame when David Gaider hosted something or other fairly trivial there, and in spite of half the membership leaving over a flamewar on a regular basis, it remains popular to this day for no apparent reason. Fanfic must consist of a minimum of 200 chapters, and criticism is limited to "More, please!" or a positive smiley of your choice--otherwise you run the risk of being bombarded with pages of information about the US constitution and free speech by one of their many experts in the field. (Under special circumstances, you may also be given a history lesson in which somebody explains how a revered member left forever during a previous flamewar on the same subject.)

Now, back to my thoughts on this. I have no problem with constructive criticism. There is nothing wrong with tactfully pointing out plot holes, typos, etc... in someone's writing. Just remember, not everyone may be as creative as you are, and what you may think is ZOMG TEH WURST EVAR!1!11!111!! might be weeks/months of hard work for them. When you write, you share visions from your soul.

Basically talk everyone like both of you are adults, and how you would want others to respond to you.

3) Keep it clean. This is an all ages website, so there is no need for sexual content of any kind, or similar things along those levels. Remember, if something is not allowed in chat per those rules, it is not allowed on the forum, which means you cannot use it in your role-plays or in your bio.

4) Authors, you are not allowed to start yelling at/flaming anyone who offers constructive criticism. While I expect people to use tact, I will not censor comments other then "more, please" or "best ever".

Basically all the rules can be summed up as "Courtesy Guidelines".

At the request of the author any thread may be locked after the original post. Any post following that post will be deleted (and further action may be taken at the discretion of the Administrators).

Last Edit: August 24, 2010, 10:01:50 PM by MajorTomSawyer

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Sometimes Terra / Welcome (back) to Gaming Nerds ᴙ Us!
« on: November 26, 2017, 03:15:24 pm »
Welcome back to Gaming Nerds ᴙ Us!

Several years ago, someone sniped the site's domain name away from the Gaming Nerds ᴙ Us folks, ostensibly to use it as a part of some mad marketing scheme. As time has shown, this didn't really help them very much, since I managed to find it recently for the sale price of a song. And, as it turns out, they ultimately lost out in the end, because I can't sing.

As you know, the site has been floating here or there for a while, due to the fact that Host Gator is a bunch of incompetent nincompoops various reasons, but it's now taking its first steps back into functionality! Currently housed under the same plan that www.technohol.com is using, GNᴙU's hosting is already paid up through the end of 2019, so it will be here a bit.

The actual structure of the forum is not yet set, as the Major will need to do that - it is his baby, after all. But feel free to join up in advance of that, if you like, and you'll be ready to join the conversation and gaming goodness once it is underway again. Thanks for those of you that have supported the site all these years, as well as all of our new (potential) friends!

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