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  • ravenscape
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Getting in touch with members
I can put together a less frazzled looking landing page at Arvixe-TR.

I have the user list.  I can send an email blast to all members or some subset of members based on their recent activity.

What do you think about an email notice and what should the parameters be?

I want to leave the domain where it is until we are well and truly finished with Arvixe.

  • borealis
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Re: Getting in touch with members
Reply #1
Email notice seems sensible - members active within the last six months? Or three months? Three months would catch the regulars. I'm sure we could leave an obvious note at MR also, since that seems to be a landing spot for some of the lost and alone.

  • MSG
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Reply #2
I'd be inclined to email nearly the full list of people who've ever signed up. Even if they've stopped posting it will be a nostalgia trip for a lot of people.
braying among the ruins

  • borealis
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Re: Getting in touch with members
Reply #3
Good point. There are only a few old members I'd just as soon failed to rediscover TR.

  • MSG
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Reply #4
*posts goonsay*
braying among the ruins

  • nostrum
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Reply #5
:popcorn:

  • ravenscape
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Reply #6
Does this look ok?

http://talkrational.org

  • borealis
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Reply #7
Looks good to me, has all the relevant information.

  • osmanthus
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  • Fingerer of piglets
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Reply #8
FFS add style="background: #fff;" to the html tag. :P

 osmanthus is sick of slacko bastards who merrily just assume that everyfuknone will still have the default white background on empty browser tabs.

 osmanthus is finished grumbling now.
Truth is out of style

  • ravenscape
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Reply #9
I added something to the html tag :P

  • osmanthus
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  • Fingerer of piglets
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Reply #10
Yeah that works. Now just make the links black too. :D
Truth is out of style

  • nostrum
  • easily led
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Reply #11
Does this look ok?

http://talkrational.org

Looks great.  It would be nice to see that, if I wasn't already at MR.

  • fredbear
  • Militantly Confused
Re: Getting in touch with members
Reply #12
What is MR?
"...without considering any evidence at all - that my views are more likely - on average - to be correct.  Because the mainstream is almost always wrong" - Dave Hawkins

  • ravenscape
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Reply #13
mindromp.org

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Reply #14
Does this look ok?

http://talkrational.org

It looks disgustingly 1990s. I love it. You should put in an "under construction" animated gif too.

  • osmanthus
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  • Fingerer of piglets
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Reply #15
Blinky text FTW.
Truth is out of style

  • MSG
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Reply #16
iawtatps
braying among the ruins

  • SkepticTank
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  • Calmer than you are
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Reply #17
I like the intentional misspelling.

  • nostrum
  • easily led
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Reply #18
ok you made me look

what'd I miss?

  • SkepticTank
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Reply #19
Long Live Talkratonal

  • ravenscape
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Reply #20
Dates in the user table are in a horrific internal-to-vbulletin format that is useless for determining exactly how long ago someone visited the site.  By eyeballing the list sorted by the most recent visit date, I can get a relative sense of about how long ago someone visited.


How does this sound?

- While we're on this server, do a limited email outreach.  I've arbitrarily picked 500 (active accounts, not drive by bots who showed up once and never returned), because I'm certain that's everyone who visited in the last 6 months, and may be everyone in the last year.  I'm also excluding people who have made it very clear that they don't intend to darken TR's door again

- I'm going to try not to email people who are already registered or who I know for sure have the link to this site.

- Once we're on a permanent server, then email the entire user list except bots and previously banned members, including people who slammed the door on their way out way back when.

My rationale for not emailing the whole kit and kaboodle is that I don't know how much traffic my little slice of server can stand, and I don't want this forum's performance to become terrible.  Or the rest of the site for that matter.

If this sounds ok, I'll send an email out later today.

Stuff I still have to do:

write the email text.  (If someone else wants to take a swat at it, I'll be happy to use it)

install a web email client so I can send the email from the admin@talkrational.org account.  I used to be able to do this from within vbulletin on TR, but that's not possible anymore.

  • osmanthus
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  • Fingerer of piglets
Re: Getting in touch with members
Reply #21
Sounds fine to me. Once I have coffee I might go and dump the memescape table. Then any of us can add stuff in as we feel like it.
Truth is out of style

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Reply #22
Raven, if I haven't told you how wonderful you are lately, let me take this opportunity to do so. You are wonderful.
Love is like a magic penny
 if you hold it tight you won't have any
if you give it away you'll have so many
they'll be rolling all over the floor

  • ravenscape
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Reply #23
Thanks.  I'm going to run through these events mentally for a long time, wondering if old-TR could have been salvaged if only.  But, for now, I'm focusing on next steps and the community's continuity.

Re: Getting in touch with members
Reply #24
I'm just sad that my gates foundation thread is gone. :(
Love is like a magic penny
 if you hold it tight you won't have any
if you give it away you'll have so many
they'll be rolling all over the floor

  • ravenscape
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Reply #25
I sent out approx 500 emails.  I wound up using my scaperaven gmail account because Arvixe is utterly pathetic in nearly every conceivable way. 

Anyway.

14 emails came back undeliverable so far, but hopefully the vast majority go through, or folks learn about the zombie site via other means.

  • meepmeep
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  • zombiecat queen
Re: Getting in touch with members
Reply #26
Thank you for all of this, raven. You are the best.

And thank you Arvixe for putting the cart thread and Testy's Gates thread to sleep. It was truly the most compassionate thing.

  • ravenscape
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Reply #27
Whoo!  It's great to see you made it!

Wander around the admin panel some.  Elkarte is very different from vbulletin.  If you've seen the admin side of phpbb some of it will look familiar.  I'm still in the mode of finding some feature, doing something to it, and then a day later needing to find the feature again and having no idea where I found it last time.  After a couple iterations it starts to stick.

  • meepmeep
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  • zombiecat queen
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Reply #28
I might look but won't touch anything. I just wasted a good 5 minutes trying to figure out where the fuck the like button is before giving up and googling it. Apparently you need 5 posts before you get the ability to like a post. I'll probably break something, and our beautiful zombie will lose an arm or something.

Thanks once again, raven. <3

  • ravenscape
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Reply #29
The like threshold can be set to something else.  I don't think there's any reason to have it at 5.

ETA it's at 1 now.
  • Last Edit: June 06, 2016, 09:12:28 PM by ravenscape

Re: Getting in touch with members
Reply #30
Thank you for all of this, raven. You are the best.

And thank you Arvixe for putting the cart thread and Testy's Gates thread to sleep. It was truly the most compassionate thing.
gah! :Whyyou:
Love is like a magic penny
 if you hold it tight you won't have any
if you give it away you'll have so many
they'll be rolling all over the floor

  • meepmeep
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  • zombiecat queen
Re: Getting in touch with members
Reply #31
Thank you for all of this, raven. You are the best.

And thank you Arvixe for putting the cart thread and Testy's Gates thread to sleep. It was truly the most compassionate thing.
gah! :Whyyou:

Sorry, Testy. But at least ranting about it all over again will be kind of fun, right?

  • borealis
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Re: Getting in touch with members
Reply #32
Oh good meep's here. :)

  • SkepticTank
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Re: Getting in touch with members
Reply #33
So the told TR is partially back up if you go to http://talkrational.org/index.php you can see the old forum structure and the most recent posts.  However trying to open a thread or enter any of the fora returns a SQL exception. 

Does that mean that someone is making progress, or did I just stumble on one of the few pages that still works?

eta:  You can even get to PMs so if anyone has anything important there, it's available without bugging Raven to pull it from the DB.

  • ravenscape
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That page doesn't work for me. Though I can see some cached data in Tapatalk, so it could be something similar, I guess.

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Reply #35
So the told TR is partially back up if you go to http://talkrational.org/index.php you can see the old forum structure and the most recent posts.  However trying to open a thread or enter any of the fora returns a SQL exception. 

Does that mean that someone is making progress, or did I just stumble on one of the few pages that still works?

eta:  You can even get to PMs so if anyone has anything important there, it's available without bugging Raven to pull it from the DB.
For me the home page opened but I couldn't open any threads.

  • SkepticTank
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Total members that have visited the forum in the last 24 hours: 8 
 The most members online over 24 hours was 229, 01-24-2012 at 02:32 PM.
Big D, el jefe, Entropy, Fenrir, odd, SkepticTank, thatsneakyguy

TalkRational Statistics 
TalkRational Statistics Threads: 55,343, Posts: 2,643,360, Members: 3,012, Active Members: 166
Welcome to our newest member, Zardoz

Zardoz somehow registered on May 28th.  It looks like all the most recent posts were on the 23rd.

I can get to the memberlist and the arcade.

  • Pandora
  • Resurrected Robot
Re: Getting in touch with members
Reply #37
Raven, if I haven't told you how wonderful you are lately, let me take this opportunity to do so. You are wonderful.
Ditto  {{{Raven}}}
Just because you're unique doesn't mean you're useful.

  • Pandora
  • Resurrected Robot
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Reply #38
Can we get a crosswalk for any of the tardsticks that decide to change their names for a laugh?
I have a hard enough time keeping track of who is who when I've been looking at their names for years!
Just because you're unique doesn't mean you're useful.

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Reply #39
Can we get a crosswalk for any of the tardsticks that decide to change their names for a laugh?
I have a hard enough time keeping track of who is who when I've been looking at their names for years!
hay pandorka d0nt wrry abt wh0 iz wh0

u just ned 2 st0p p0sting

  • SkepticTank
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  • Calmer than you are
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Reply #40
Can we get a crosswalk for any of the tardsticks that decide to change their names for a laugh?
I have a hard enough time keeping track of who is who when I've been looking at their names for years!
Pandora = Miduri
ZombieReighn = ReignCryogen

  • Brother Daniel
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Reply #41
Pandora = Miduri
That's muidiri.  (iridium spelled backwards.)

  • ravenscape
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Reply #42
Is it time to do a more complete email outreach?

I think it is.

  • borealis
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Re: Getting in touch with members
Reply #43
Yes.