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That site answered the age old question of why monkeys on LSD shouldn't be allowed on the Internet, much less design sites and participate in forums.
post #122 of 171
sufu never loads for me (or loads too slowly).
post #123 of 171
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Why did Manton leave?

He must be still reading some interesting threads on our beloved forum.

How many threads about black suits ,double-monks and other senior members can someone stomach before using his time in a more useful way?
post #124 of 171
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He must be still reading some interesting threads on our beloved forum.

How many threads about black suits ,double-monks and other senior members can someone stomach before using his time in a more useful way?

Manton's like Elvis. You think he's gone but in reality he's around and is laughing down at us muggles.
post #125 of 171
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He must be still reading some interesting threads on our beloved forum.

How many threads about black suits ,double-monks and other senior members can someone stomach before using his time in a more useful way?

Just went back and reread some of his last posts. Seems like he was getting tired of SF, but I never read anywhere he was officially gone.
post #126 of 171
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Originally Posted by Achilles_ View Post
I guess I'm confused by what it means by a forum being corporate.

It's when forum consolidators or web-marketing companies buy up forums or blogs etc. in order to monetize their traffic; which this site has a fair bit of.

When that happens the member base often feels alienated because the objective of the forum becomes profit-centred rather than community-centric.

VerticalScope approached me this year. I'm sure SF has been approached a number of times.
post #127 of 171
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The forum was bought by someone? I have a hard time believing Ryan would sell it

I guess I'm confused by what it means by a forum being corporate.

http://ir.libertymedia.com/phoenix.z...324&highlight=

Also own backcountry.com, expedia, Starz, QVC, etc...

I bet SF would sell too if there was a $100 million offer on the table (although SF isn't a store which is probably where most of the value came from)
post #128 of 171
Has timezone.com gone corporate ?
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Has timezone.com gone corporate ?
I thought it did a while back. Wasn't it founded by Richard Paige and Walt Odets ... and they have been gone for some time.
post #130 of 171
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Originally Posted by hboogz View Post
One (me) has to wonder whether SF will ever get gobbled up by a big media company..akin to how Chowhound was bought by CNET, I believe.
We have been approached for acquisition by a number of companies, but are not interested at this point. We are negotiating with a short term third party hosting company that will allow better monetization of the forum, but we have a high priced lawyer working on our contract so that j and I maintain complete creative control of the forum. We will also be asking for, and getting, some interesting features that we hope that you will like. The problem with a lot of these companies like Vertical Scope is that although they may be gotten started the right way, they quickly became businesses that put money before the community. I've seen communities fucked for all they are worth and then left to die. And I hate that. It's hack-and-slash, quarterly revenues driven shit, and imo, shortsighted and bad for long term, sustainable growth, which is what we are after. We have tons of ideas for the forum. The company we are working with seems receptive to those ideas, and we will be protected by contract. So, to make this long-winded post short, expect to see us in the driver's seat for a long time. We've been here since 2002, which is a good, long, time, and my first love is fashion (yes, and style), not money (though, let's be honest, if someone offered us $100 million right now, we'd be like "Oh shit, we had better really think about this.)
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On that note, has there been a decrease in SF traffic the past couple of weeks? It just feels a lot less active than usual.
There is always a slight dip after Christmas (or has been for the last 6 years I've been tracking, in any case). We are working on ways to make the forum more attractive to high quality posters like F Corbera and Manton. We are doing well, but never want to get complacent.
post #131 of 171
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Originally Posted by otc View Post
bodybuilding is corporate too (although they sell stuff there)

As long as there is still a way to get a "threads I posted in" list and a button that takes you to the first unread post...I'll be happy

Send along all these suggestions to styleforum.net@gmail.com. This is the primary reason for the test period. We don't know how users use the forum. There are just too many permutations of features used for us to predict which are important features and which are not. We will need user input.

Cheers,

Fok.
post #132 of 171
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Originally Posted by FIHTies View Post
Dont forget that earlier versions of AAAC did not use VBulletin and had some archaic software that would actually bump when you edited a post. When they moved over to VBulletin alot of the posts were lost (in addition to another more recent loss of data that cut post counts in half) other than First and Last post n each thread.

AAAC is on vBulletin now?

I think the fact that SF ran vBulletin was the reason I ultimately gave up on AAAC. Maybe now I will go back. LOL.

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We didn't like 4.0, and were also worried about some of our hacks being transported. Also, we are preparing to move to another system altogether, and the upgrade would have been a PITA with only a few months of reward.

Noooooooooooooooooooooo.
post #133 of 171
Good to hear B&S is getting an upgrade. I'm quite sure it's the driving force for new subscriptions
post #134 of 171
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Originally Posted by otc View Post
http://ir.libertymedia.com/phoenix.z...324&highlight=

Also own backcountry.com, expedia, Starz, QVC, etc...

I bet SF would sell too if there was a $100 million offer on the table (although SF isn't a store which is probably where most of the value came from)

How is it worth it? There doesn't seem to be much advertising other than for the bb.com store. Last time I checked you couldn't even post links to supplement stores besides bb.com
post #135 of 171
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bodybuilding is corporate too (although they sell stuff there)

bodybuilding.com got bought by Liberty Media a couple years ago (06 maybe), ever since then the site went down hill in a big way; although it probably peaked around 02-04. Now it's just a prepubescent clusterfuck of misinformation by people who don't lift.
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