In Part Iof the “Blast from the Past” series, we looked at some screens from the original version of the message board. Fortunately, the members did not have to suffer with the the old Ikonboard software for very long. In July, 2002, Michael upgraded the system to run software from Invision Board. This gave us lots of new features, like avatars and member titles. It also looked much better and ran much more reliably. (Unfortunately, it didn’t have spam control… but that’s a different issue.)
So let’s wander once again down memory lane and look at some pictures of how the message board looked at the end of its life. Read more…
richarddawson has suggested that we start a new discussion forum on this site. We could use it to catch up with each other, talk about The Features, and gab about anything else that pops into our heads.
I’m willing to add such a forum to this site, but I don’t want to do it unless people will actually post on it. I also don’t want to tarnish the memory of the old message board. So we’ll put it to a vote… Read more…
As you’ve discovered, this archive lets you read the posts from the old Features Message Board, but they’re presented in a whole new layout. Can you remember what the original message board looked like?
In part one of this series, we’ll go all the way back to that magical spring of 2002. The message board was still young then. It hadn’t had its first crash yet and was still running the old Ikonboard software. Below are some screenshots that will show you how the FMB once looked. Read more…
The traffic on this site is going through the roof! But, unfortunately, I don’t if it’s from curious newcomers or some of the old gang who actually posted on the site. I’d like to know how many of the former FMB addicts members have found their way here. So please do me a favor and sign in with a comment below. I’d love to hear from each of you!
So here’s how I’d planned for things to go down. A few days from now, I was going to send out e-mail messages to about 15 members I’d managed to track down and tell them about this site. In my wildest dreams, I thought that maybe five or six of those people would’ve actually been interested enough to take a look at the site. I also hoped that a couple of those people would tell some of their old message board friends about the site.
Fortunately, things don’t always go according to plan.
Last night, news about the site leaked out on Facebook, and word travelled fast. We’ve already had more people visit the site than I would’ve ever imagined… people I could’ve never tracked down and people that I thought wouldn’t cared about a 7-year-old message board. I’m overwhelmed by the response! And I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one who’s missed the FMB!
So… to all of you… Welcome! And if you keep in contact with any members of the old gang, please let them know about this site.
UPDATE #1: This site has been Creamed and Twittered! I’m speechless…
UPDATE #2: Apparently OAR fans like us, too!
All of the work I did yesterday trying to track down old message board members must’ve gone to my head. I haven’t had a message board dream in many years, but last night, I had not one but two! I’ll tell you about the second, more relevant one.
In my dream, I went to France with jamiecarroll, featuresgirl, and richarddawson because The Features were playing a show there. However, we soon discovered that France is actually a hard-line Communist state (similar to the depiction of East Germany in Top Secret… but not as funny).
The four of us and Roger Dabbs were captured and sent to a work camp where they kept all of their American prisoners. We banded together and helped Roger escape so he could go play his gig. The next day, when we arrived at the factory where we were forced to work, all of the prisoners were lined up in the yard as the guard called the roll. He said, “Dabbs? Where is Dabbs? Has anyone seen Dabbs?”
Another guard said, “His band is playing a big show in town. Maybe he went there.”
“That band must be pretty good if he risked death to go play for them,” replied the first guard.
All of the prisoners started telling the guards about The Features and what a great band they are. jamiecarroll said, “They’re so good that we all risked being put into this prison camp just so we could see them play in your stupid country.”
Then I woke up.
Isn’t having message board dreams one of the signs of addiction? Maybe I need to take a break from this project.
I spent some time this afternoon trying to track down e-mail addresses for some of the old gang. (I’m hoping to send out announcements about this site within the next couple of weeks.) Anyway, as I’m traipsing through the seedy underbelly of the Nashville music scene’s on-line haunts, I came across a link to this amazingly appropriate web site:
Where are they, indeed? (Hint: SXSW in Austin) Now back to my question: Where are their fans?
So… here it is. After working on the project for over a year, I’m finally unleashing my Features Message Board Archive onto the world.
My original plan was to finish up the archive, put it on CD, and distribute it to the old gang of message board members. Unfortunately, it’s taking much longer than I’d hoped. I fear that if I wait too long, the message board will become less relevant. People will forget about all of the crazy times we had yakking it up with each other. So instead of waiting, I’m releasing it as-is. The beauty of doing it on-line is that I can continue to work on the project and just post updates as their ready.
The first step will be to get a couple of “beta testers” to come check this thing out and see what they think. (And I know just the guys to do it!) After getting their feedback and making some improvements, I’ll try to track down the old gang and let them know about this thing.
So what’s there left to do? The biggest chore is to finish the subject index. With a freakin’ crap ton of posts, it’s taking a long time to slog through them all and tag them. So far, I’ve only managed to do 8.3% of the posts. It’s going to take a while to get through them all. I’d also like to add some more statistics and more items on the timeline. If anyone has any suggestions for either of these items, let me know!