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piers ploughman
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quote:
Originally posted by Chelley:
I find that putting the kettle on and having a nice cup of tea does the trick when dark hints of history and the collective mind get a bit worrisome.

Excellent advice, and well taken. It's a long thread and I'm learning that it's all too easy to go a tad potty after too much time on the Ship in one session without a break. [Ultra confused] Trouble is, I'm lovin' it!

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Alan Cresswell

Mad Scientist 先生
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quote:
Originally posted by piers ploughman:
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
Shaun was banned long ago. For reasons other than anything posted on this thread.

Fiddleback was de-registered a long time back. Again for reasons other than anything posted on this thread. He was let back on after repenting in sackcloth and ashes.

This is one of the things I had in mind.
Just to repeat some of what Viola had said. That comment was in response to a post by altarbird just over a year ago, who asked about Shaun and Fiddleback. My point in posting that was to clarify some confusion as the OPer (Shaun) was banned after starting this thread, and Fiddleback was unregistered after he posted here (top of page 2). In both cases their banning/deregistration was for their actions elsewhere on the Ship - they did nothing wrong on this thread. The actual posts where they created enough problems to warrant the action taken against them have long since been removed.

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luvanddaisies

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Was wondering whether this thread might benefit from a journey back up to the top of page 1, given the birthday celebrations yesterday...

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Organ Builder
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I'm bumping this up. I could say it is because it has been linked to in another thread and it would be useful for new members and I appreciated it when someone pointed it out when I first joined the ship and...

But the truth is I want/need to re-read it myself. I won't be able to do that in one sitting, and I want the thread near the top where it will be handy.

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Rosa Gallica officinalis
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I've just searched for this thread, and suspect it may be of interest to others who do not know of its existence, so I'm bumping it.

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Lord Pontivillian
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Thanks, I had forgotten about this thread.

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Tazmeen

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Erin and Simon, et al, it's amazing how Hurricane led to the Ship-of-Fools name being spread over other net sites. Do you think it played a part in getting the magazine known? - Not to credit Joanna with it, just asking if there was there a link between the persecution [my word] and the success?

Thanks for the work that make SoF possible.

Another question. How has SoF been portrayed/reported in the press since then? (I might google it tomorrow, but wondering also about offline press/media, Christian and mainstream.)

I couldn't read the whole thread through tonight. I was skimming through to find out if the OPer was HJ back in a hat *shudder.*

Taz

(Ed. to make sense)

[ 08. September 2009, 00:49: Message edited by: Tazman ]

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Lyda*Rose

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Taz, you could start with the "Ship of Fools Media Sightings (general)" thread here in the Styx.

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Tazmeen

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Late Quartet

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Noticed the stats on here for active members in 2004 and 2006: any chance of an update?

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Belisarius
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Sure--at the time of writing:

There are 1,965 Shipmates (Active Registrations with 51+ posts).

1,107 Shipmates have posted this year.

663 Shipmates have posted this month.

ETA:

1,572 Active Registrations have posted this year.

755 Active Registrations have posted this month.

[ 06. January 2010, 15:08: Message edited by: Belisarius ]

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jlg

What is this place?
Why am I here?
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And as that little bit of data attached to the previous three posters shows (low post counts but been around nearly forever), our lurkers and low-activity members are just as important as any of the five-digit ones. If not more so.
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Campbellite

Ut unum sint
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quote:
Originally posted by jlg:
And as that little bit of data attached to the previous three posters shows (low post counts but been around nearly forever), our lurkers and low-activity members are just as important as any of the five-digit ones. If not more so.

There are only 45 Shipmates with five digits. We are WAY outnumbered by the lurkers and low- activity members. Without y'all we would just be talking to ourselves. So no change there. [Razz]

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jacobsen

seeker
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Nice to find this thread again. I love history.

[Biased]

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Tallis' Canon
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As a Shipmate with a low membership number and lower post count, I really value the ship and the thoughts it gives me about life and faith. I don't post very often, but lurk a quite a bit and am made richer for the experience.

Thanks to all for helping me stumble along my faith journey.

[Overused] [Overused] [Overused]

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Late Quartet

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Thanks Belisarius for the new info. so quickly arrived at for month 105(?!) of the boards!

Here's my little go at a very brief analysis.

When you posted back in April 2006 (month 61) you compared back to July 2004 (month 40 for the ubb boards)
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Originally posted by Belisarius in April 2006:

So far, 1,491 registrations have made Shipmate status, of which 697 have posts for this month [April '06], compared (per previous page) to a 539/1,042 ratio in July 2004. The percentage of active posters has gone down, but the overall traffic has probably gone up about a third.

I can see that shipmates posting in these random months (40, 61 and 109) are 539, 697 and 663, which I guess looks like a constant against the total number of shipmates which has continued to grow 1042, 1491 and 1965.

What's most significant though for me is that of the 1965 people who've achieved shipmate status nearly 60% (1107) have posted this year, showing a sustained connection for many of us (however infrequently we post here).

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frin

Drinking coffee for Jesus
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quote:
Originally posted by Tallis' Canon:
As a Shipmate with a low membership number and lower post count, I really value the ship and the thoughts it gives me about life and faith.

This very post just took your post count above your member number - congratulations!

'frin

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Vulpior

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I have just read this thread and it has prompted me to venture into Limbo. I can see I am going to spend hours there, having just laughed my way through the whole of "A small group experience in spiritual formation"

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Hennah

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For those made as curious as I was about the above, this is the thread Vuplior is talking about from Hell. Sine at his best.

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Vulpior

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Oh, Hennah, you've spoilt the fun! People might now go straight to the thread rather than browsing for it. That means that they could miss so many gems and only spend one hour in Limbo rather than four or five... [Devil]

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Alan Cresswell

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That's given me an idea.

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Traveller
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The fun part I find about the ship's history in Limbo is that you see and then remember shipmate's previous names, as any post edited by them has their name at the time noted.

I can just about remember that "The Amazing Mavis" was "Left at the Altar" for a long time, but now I find a post from 02 April 2004 where the message was edited by "Shagged at the Altar". [Eek!] [Big Grin] [Razz]

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jlg

What is this place?
Why am I here?
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Having seen two threads started with Gadget for God suggestions, I went poking around in the Styx cellars looking for the consolidated GfG thread. Didn't find it, so I guess the hosts decided it was time for a new one, which I'll let them start.

But I did find this ever-valuable thread languishing on page 3 and am hereby bouncing it up for both the edification of any newbies and the joy of reminiscence for any and all.

I think I'm due for a re-read myself.

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Alan Cresswell

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This thread had been accidentally deleted. It's worth reading now more than ever.

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Paul.
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From this thread:

quote:
Originally posted by Erin:
My main Ship-related activity consists of sticking pins into various dolls.

[Smile]
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Marvin the Martian

Interplanetary
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Thanks Alan. I'm glad the thread was salvageable [Smile]

[ 06. January 2011, 09:24: Message edited by: Marvin the Martian ]

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Adeodatus
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Thanks, Alan - I was looking for this thread the other evening after the news broke. I just assumed I didn't know how to use the search function properly!

For anyone who doesn't know it already, the "Future History of the Ship" thread, which ran in 2003, is currently on page 5 of Limbo. Full of in-jokes involving Shipmates past and present. Also, just now, rather poignant. From Erin, on that thread:
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Originally posted by Erin: June 2005 In a stunning development, people figure out that they can simply avoid threads they do not like. The admins suddenly gain 64 hours every day from not having to explain this fact to griping shipmates. The price of gin plummets.



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Autenrieth Road

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Here's a link to the Future History of the Ship thread.

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Taliesin
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thanks for that link. I went there, and in 2003 Chorister said:
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December 2010 - Bill Gates throws a tantrum because in a 'most famous computer personality of all time' national TV opinion poll, Erin Etheridge scores more votes than he does.

In light of the all the tributes and all the love pouring out for her now - not just here - it seemed almost prophetic.
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Chorister

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If we're very, very lucky, this from Ariel might prove to be prophetic, too:

By 2032, Erin has had herself cloned, and runs the Ship in perpetuity.

Only I'm not sure whether the cloning device had completed its test run by December 2010. [Frown]

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itokro
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Another one from the Future History thread:

quote:
Jan 2011 Erin breaks in the new year by randomly flaming newbies, just for the hell of it. Everyone else realises that it's going to be a great year.
I wish this one had been prophetic. Even if it means I'd have to endure a flaming.
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mrs whibley
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I've been re-reading about the 'Mystery Bullshipper'(aka Cosmogate). There appear to be two completely separate churches in Reading involved, Most Holy Trinity and St Mark's. OK, they are very close geographically and both appear to be FiF and under the see of Ebbsfleet, but they seemed to be merged into one in the Mystery Bullshipper report. One of the original MWs was of Most Holy Trinity, and the letters of complaint came from St Mark's. What's going on?

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Arrietty

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According to Day 29 of this Forward in Faith list of intentions, they are two churches but with the same vicar and the same curate.

[ 09. January 2011, 17:23: Message edited by: Arrietty ]

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Qoheleth.

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quote:
Originally posted by Arrietty:
According to Day 29 of this Forward in Faith list of intentions, they are two churches but with the same vicar and the same curate.

That's my understanding, too. ACNY reports them as distinct parishes.

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mrs whibley
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Thanks Arietty, it would explain it if they were (or at least had been in 2006). The contacts given by the Diocese of Oxford are different, and neither are the names mentioned in your link. Most Holy Trinity has quite a nice website, which you would think would mention another charge under the same 'management'. I wonder if the background upset described in the Mystery Bullshipper lead to a splitting of the charge?

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Viola
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Arrietty is correct. At the time of the reports, the personnel was as in the link she gave.

Church 'teams' always seem to be changing around here, so I imagine there have been change in Reading also over 4 years.

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itokro
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While we're on the subject of Mystery Worship: how did the MW project come about?
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Ancient Mariner

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quote:
Originally posted by itokro:
While we're on the subject of Mystery Worship: how did the MW project come about?

I had the idea when consulting in PR for a trade show on the market research industry. It was, at first, a play on words in my mind - mystery shopper sounded wonderfully, playfully close to mystery worshipper.

Simon and I then constructed the 20 questions before the launch of online SoF in 1998. The rest is history - and a lot of hard work on the part of those who edit the reports (thanks, folks [Overused] ).

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Eutychus
From the edge
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I've found the MW questions to be an excellent informal test of various churches, and once used them in a very productive home group meeting in (and about) my own church.

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Siegfried
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This thread is allowing me to date my arrival on the ship to sometime in 2000, then. Interesting read!

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Chelley

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I was just having another read of the Future history of the Ship thread. Who is Wood? [Snigger]

On another note - what has happened to the 'archive' link, as it doesn't lead anywhere? And where has the famous TnT gone?

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Spike

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Which archive link do you mean? It may be an old link still hanging around from the days when we had a board called "archive"

As far as TnT goes, this question came up recently

It would appear that it was deleted, along with a few other redundant boards when we upgraded the software a few years ago.

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Belisarius
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Yes--the Archive was the original version of the Limbo Board; at one point, it was discontinued and its threads returned to their original boards.

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Alan Cresswell

Mad Scientist 先生
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assumed it was the archive link in the intro text for Limbo. That, IIRC, went to an archive of threads from the Neoworks boards pre-2001. The link went dead when the Ship moved servers a couple of years back and somehow the archived stuff from the old days didn't quite make it where it should have gone.

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Chelley

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Thanks for the answers! I knew I'd read various ex-threads in the time I've been here that seemed to have vanished. That explains why.

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Paul.
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The TnT board was shut down and subsequently moved but the posts were copied to oblivion.

See e.g. here for starters.

(Lest it cause confusion- at the bottom of that page there are threads from a temporary Orthodox board set up to celebrate Mousethief hitting 10,000 posts IIRC)

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passer

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If it's of any interest, someone (Jengie? apologies if not) posted a link to this revered place recently. This is the magazine, of course, not the boards, and there are a number of dead links, but still interesting to browse.
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Chorister

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Purple is cool. [Cool]

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Persephone Hazard

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Yes, this whole thread has taken on a new poignancy now; and Erin is not the only person who has posted on it who is no longer with us [Frown]

On the matter of 'asking about things you might not be supposed to ask about' - which is something that this thread, that I've just read right the way through for the first time, seems to have oft been used for - may I please enquire about Max? I've seen a few dark hints and a small amount of fuss in Hell, and am curious. I remember him from before my shore leave. I even met him once or twice.

[ 09. September 2011, 18:31: Message edited by: Persephone Hazard ]

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Alan Cresswell

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Max played one too many silly games with the community here. Juvenile practical jokes may have their place somewhere, there's only so much we will take of people treating others on the Ship as playthings for their amusement.

When your dad sees the light and becomes a Young Earth Creationist then we might consider letting Max back on board.

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