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Simon

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Dear everyone, I'm very happy to announce that we're finally ready to move house. Thanks for bearing with us so patiently as we sort everything out. The new Ship of Fools forums will open for registration next Wednesday, 28 February, at 5pm UK time. At that time, I'll post the link to the new forums here in the Styx.

Once the link is online, we'll be disabling posting on all our existing boards except for the Styx. Admins and Hosts will respond there to anyone having trouble getting on board the new forums. So please regard 5pm next Wednesday as the definitive time when we move out of here and into the new Ship of Fools. All discussion (apart from questions about registration) will cease here at that time and move to 'the other place'.

We are launching the new Ship of Fools site in stages, with this move as the first stage. We won't be doing any off-site publicity surrounding next Wednesday's move, so this is an in-house launch for members (and readers) of the boards only. It's a pretty big moment, as the last time we moved house was in March 2001.

The long-term future of the old boards is that they will be set to read-only, and kept online as a permanent and public archive.

Thanks again to everyone who regularly supports the Ship, and to those who gave to the New Ship fund. We're all hugely grateful to you for making this move possible. And all the best to everyone for next Wednesday.

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The Rogue
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I'm surprised how excited I am by this announcement. Well done and thank you to everyone involved.

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Chorister

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Hope we don't all rush over to the same side at once and scupper the new ship before she's even had chance to sail!

Many thanks to the captain and his gang for all their hard work bringing this venture to fruition.

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WoooooO!

Such good news, and well done.

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Boogie

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Great news.

Thanks for all your hard work.

[Big Grin]

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Jack o' the Green
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That's great news. Can't wait for Wednesday. Thanks to everyone behind the scenes who must have been working so hard to get the new website shipshape and ready for use. To the undiscovered country!
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Wesley J

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Question: What about the PM links and PM-to-email links from the old boards? I feel these might need to be kept open for a week or longer, until old contacts are re-established on the New Ship. This as a relational safety net, for a certain period of time. Will our own Old Ship profiles remain accessible to us for a while?

Any thoughts on the issue, please? Thank you very much.

[ 24. February 2018, 11:26: Message edited by: Wesley J ]

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Barnabas62
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Good question. I'd been assuming they would be available on a "read only" basis, like the rest of the boards. But hadn't checked.

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mr cheesy
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Possibly these are silly questions.

Will the hosts allow threads to continue from the old boards? Will there be an amnesty with regard to quoting what someone said on the old boards?

Fwiw the latter is going to be tricky if the poster hasn't identified themselves on the new board. But on the other hand, having a "clean break" and starting again might just be an invitation to repeat the same arguments.

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Pigwidgeon

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[Oh, dear. Having to move after 17 years! There's so much to do. Must pack up everything -- what did I do with those boxes? Maybe I should have decluttered before this. Will I need to clean everything before I go?]

Looking forward, with some trepidation, to next Wednesday!

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Eutychus
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quote:
Originally posted by mr cheesy:
Possibly these are silly questions.

Will the hosts allow threads to continue from the old boards? Will there be an amnesty with regard to quoting what someone said on the old boards?

Fwiw the latter is going to be tricky if the poster hasn't identified themselves on the new board. But on the other hand, having a "clean break" and starting again might just be an invitation to repeat the same arguments.

Some hosts are planning on copying over a few of the recently busy threads, with a link to the old ones, and envisage this functioning in much the same way as when a thread is moved between boards here.

I'm sure everyone will employ common sense in this respect [Ultra confused]

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Bishops Finger
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Will Simon be smashing a bottle of virtual champagne against the bows, before the shiny Ship slides sideways down the slipway into cyberspace?

Try saying that after a wee dram or several....

[Help]

Hope it goes well - see you all (hopefully)on board next week!

IJ

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I’ll be ashore and sans internet at time of launch until Friday evening. Does the new system work to ensure that nobody else would be able to pinch my ID in the meantime? Else I’ll be so miffed. [Paranoid]
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Leorning Cniht
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quote:
Originally posted by Miffy:
I’ll be ashore and sans internet at time of launch until Friday evening. Does the new system work to ensure that nobody else would be able to pinch my ID in the meantime? Else I’ll be so miffed. [Paranoid]

From previous comments by the crew, there is no technical mechanism in place to ensure that only you can register as "Miffy". But:

1. There is an assumption that regular posters will behave like half-way reasonable people.

2. AIUI, people "stealing" another regular's name will not be looked on favourably by the crew if you make a complaint.

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Miffy

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quote:
Originally posted by Leorning Cniht:
quote:
Originally posted by Miffy:
I’ll be ashore and sans internet at time of launch until Friday evening. Does the new system work to ensure that nobody else would be able to pinch my ID in the meantime? Else I’ll be so miffed. [Paranoid]

From previous comments by the crew, there is no technical mechanism in place to ensure that only you can register as "Miffy". But:

1. There is an assumption that regular posters will behave like half-way reasonable people.

2. AIUI, people "stealing" another regular's name will not be looked on favourably by the crew if you make a complaint.

Thanks, yes, I’m probably worrying needlessly. Surprising how attached you get to something as daft as an online name.

Anyoldhow, I’m sure there are ways of getting round it, if push comes to shove.

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Spike

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quote:
Originally posted by Leorning Cniht:
AIUI, people "stealing" another regular's name will not be looked on favourably by the crew if you make a complaint.

This.

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Bishops Finger
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I rather hope that there won't be too many name changes.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who always reads posts by certain Shipmates, but always scrolls past others'!

[Help]

IJ

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Nicolemr
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Yay! Yay! Yay! Been so anticipating this!

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Raptor Eye
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Woohoo! [Axe murder] [Yipee] :

Well done and thank you to all who have worked so hard to make this happen. [Overused]

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Marvin the Martian

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Trust me, we’re all as excited as you guys about finally moving in! The new digs look amazing, and some of the new functionality is going to be very useful [Big Grin]

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Rossweisse

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Huzzah! Thank you, Simon.

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lilBuddha
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quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
Trust me, we’re all as excited as you guys about finally moving in! The new digs look amazing, and some of the new functionality is going to be very useful [Big Grin]

I'm not excited. The limitations of this old technology are part of the rhythm of my usage. Though I know I'll adapt to the new and likely appreciate the user improvements.
I am, though, happy for any improvement on the stability of the software. You lot need to put up with us (and each other) so it will be good if you do not need to also patch leaks and trim sail as often.

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Marvin the Martian

Interplanetary
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quote:
Originally posted by lilBuddha:
I'm not excited. The limitations of this old technology are part of the rhythm of my usage. Though I know I'll adapt to the new and likely appreciate the user improvements.

The great thing about the new software is it’s perfectly capable of being used the same way as these ones (barring superficial appearance changes) if that’s what you want to do. The extra functions are just that - extra.

quote:
I am, though, happy for any improvement on the stability of the software. You lot need to put up with us (and each other) so it will be good if you do not need to also patch leaks and trim sail as often.
This is true.

[im looking forward to coding being easier in future. Especially when using a mobile phone]

[ 24. February 2018, 16:42: Message edited by: Marvin the Martian ]

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Schroedinger's cat

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I would confirm with Marvin, that the new software looks different, but functions very much the same. I know some people don't do change well, and I believe that the change here can be quite small.

But there are also usefull additions, and - critically - it should be much more stable and reliable.

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Lord may all my hard times be healing times
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Lyda*Rose

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quote:
Originally posted by Schroedinger's cat:
I would confirm with Marvin, that the new software looks different, but functions very much the same. I know some people don't do change well, and I believe that the change here can be quite small.

But there are also usefull additions, and - critically - it should be much more stable and reliable.

That's good. I'm glad that these changes will keep the old boat afloat in the coming years, but I'm such a techno-peasant (bless my heart!) that I'm feeling a little trepidation.

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Pants

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But I'm playing with meerkats and armadillos at 5pm.

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Yay! A big thank you to everyone who is making this happen. [Overused]
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Stejjie
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Yay! Looking forward to this - thanks to everyone who's worked to make this possible.

I may even post a bit more on the new Ship... that'll learn ya...

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W Hyatt
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quote:
Originally posted by Schroedinger's cat:
I would confirm with Marvin, that the new software looks different, but functions very much the same.

Just out of curiosity, will it still be possible to see who has recently visited a thread?

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Eutychus
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No. Depending on whether you're an optimist or a pessimist, you are now free to assume either that everyone's reading your deathless prose, or that nobody is.

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Gamaliel
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I'm bad enough at coding as it is. I hope the new site won't baffle me ...

Perhaps it's deliberate. A Gamaliel free zone ...

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balaam

Making an ass of myself
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Well done team. It will be awesome.

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Anselmina
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Hip, Hip, Hooray! Something to get us in the mood!

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I am assuming the incrowd* gets to register at 3 pm and have first crack at the canapés and gin.

*If you have to ask, you are not.

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mousethief

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quote:
Originally posted by Patdys:
I am assuming the incrowd* gets to register at 3 pm and have first crack at the canapés and gin.

*If you have to ask, you are not.

Assume all you want. If you don't already know, you are not.

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Japes

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I am looking forward to this and have put a reminder on my calendar to hie me to the New Ship after my Usual Wednesday Commitment.

I am having way too much excitement for one day, a rare trip to a concert, a Calcutta Cup win and a New Ship.

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Patdys
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quote:
Originally posted by mousethief:
quote:
Originally posted by Patdys:
I am assuming the incrowd* gets to register at 3 pm and have first crack at the canapés and gin.

*If you have to ask, you are not.

Assume all you want. If you don't already know, you are not.
I look forward to waving at you at 3pm MT, if I'm not napping.
Of course, some of us will already have well and truly claimed the chaise lounge having finished our degustation... [Biased]

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Ian Climacus

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quote:
Originally posted by W Hyatt:
quote:
Originally posted by Schroedinger's cat:
I would confirm with Marvin, that the new software looks different, but functions very much the same.

Just out of curiosity, will it still be possible to see who has recently visited a thread?
I've been here all this time and my ego never knew such a feature existed. [Disappointed]

Probably for the best.

Wonderful news! A huge THANK YOU to all involved.

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Jack o' the Green
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I'm normally leaving work at 5pm and get home at about 5.30. I can't believe I'm thinking of hanging back so I can register ASAP.
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Alwyn
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Thank you to everyone who has worked to create the new Ship! Even though I post rarely nowadays, I'm looking forward to reading it. Life woudn't be the same without it.

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Simon

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Thanks, everyone. We're hugely looking forward to welcoming you all to the new forums. We've had them to ourselves, getting them ready, for too long! Holy Gator, pray for us.

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Bishops Finger
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Aaaaay-men.

Glory, Glory, Glory.

Praise Jeeeesus..(and the other folks too).

IJ

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cattyish

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Thank you for the hard work.

I'm an infrequent poster, but I love the Ship and hope to meet many more Holy Fools in the new place.

Cattyish, contemplating committing cookery.

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verity
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quote:
Originally posted by Bishops Finger:
Will Simon be smashing a bottle of virtual champagne against the bows, before the shiny Ship slides sideways down the slipway into cyberspace?


IJ

I think that tradition and supersition dictates that only women may launch a ship.
So that'll have to fall to Amanda B Reckondwythe....

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Rossweisse

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Simon (or other officers in the know), will the private boards be reopening on Wednesday, or later?

Thank you.

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Jack o' the Green
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quote:
Originally posted by verity:
quote:
Originally posted by Bishops Finger:
Will Simon be smashing a bottle of virtual champagne against the bows, before the shiny Ship slides sideways down the slipway into cyberspace?


IJ

I think that tradition and supersition dictates that only women may launch a ship.
So that'll have to fall to Amanda B Reckondwythe....

The Vikings believed that the sea gods demanded a human sacrifice with every launch (usually a slave). After Christianity took hold a goat was offered instead. So if anyone's got a spare goat (or slave), now's the time to speak up.
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Schroedinger's cat

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Originally posted by Rossweisse:
Simon (or other officers in the know), will the private boards be reopening on Wednesday, or later?

Thank you.

As I understand it, all of the boards will ope at the same time. Including the 8th Day Write or Wrong!

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quote:
Originally posted by Japes:
I am having way too much excitement for one day, a rare trip to a concert, a Calcutta Cup win and a New Ship.

I'm taking the Calcutta Cup win as an auspicious sign for the New Ship - a week including a miracle can't be bad for a Christian Website (TM)...
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For all who worked to make this happen.
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Hi Rossweisse... all the forums, private as well as public, will open on Wednesday. What are you thinking about Via Media? PM me if you want to discuss it.

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