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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!

  1. March 24th, 2009 at 10:05 | #1

    Thanks so much for doing this! Creepy stalker dreams aside, it’s so neat to see this very addictive part of our lives that we visited so frequently for so long!

  2. archivist
    March 24th, 2009 at 10:49 | #2

    You’re very welcome, “brianeno2″. I’ve certainly missed the old message board, and it’s really nice to see that I’m not the only one. This incredible response helps to validate all of the hard work I’ve put into it.

    I think you’ll soon discover that it’s very easy to get addicted to the message board again… even if new posts aren’t being added. I’ve already gone through two full cycles of addiction while working on this project.

  3. March 24th, 2009 at 11:15 | #3

    interesting to see again after all this time. thanks for your hard work.

  4. richarddawson
    March 24th, 2009 at 11:31 | #4

    As someone who has a passion for archivism, this is exceptionally well thought-out and well done! Thank you for putting it together. I can’t fathom how many hours of unpaid work you’ve put into this (unless you’re doing this while working another job; in which case, congratulations). If for no other reason, I’m glad that this part of our lives wasn’t lost to internet oblivion. Thanks, mystery archivist! Tom Foolery?


  5. archivist
    March 24th, 2009 at 12:56 | #5

    Thanks, Rob! I appreciate the compliments. I’d probably be embarrassed if I calculated the number of hours I’ve poured into this, but it’s been worth it because it’s been a pure labor of love. I spent several years as a member of the message board, and I didn’t want all of that history to simply disappear.

    As for the questions about my identity, there’s only one appropriate response: ninja!

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