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Message started by Swancrash on 07. Jun 2012 at 07:48

Title: Observations about the Site
Post by Swancrash on 07. Jun 2012 at 07:48

Today I thought I'd have a look at the archived discussion forums, just for kicks, but the link seems to have been hijacked.  If you click on it, you get a quick look at what appear to be some further links that might be to the old discussion forum, but then you're taken to a website called Dragonara...or something like that.
Also, I popped over to the bibliography just to do the definitive check, and it stops after 2004.  
I think the main forum has been great at keeping things up to date on what's been published, including links to sites, and I want to say Great Work.  Also, I know people are busy, but is an update to the bibliography on the horizon?  Just wondering, not nagging.  It's been very helpful in the past.

Title: Re: Observations about the Site
Post by Forum Administrator on 07. Jun 2012 at 09:38

Thanks for the reminder! I've recovered the old forum archive, and I think it's working properly again here:
http://www.sybertooth.com/blaylock/chat.cfm

I'll see what I can do about updating the bibliography.

Title: Re: Observations about the Site
Post by Forum Administrator on 07. Jun 2012 at 22:28

I've added a few more books to the bibliography at
http://www.sybertooth.com/blaylock/biblio.htm
but there are still gaps. If anyone knows of missing items, let me know the title, publisher, date, and ISBN if applicable. I should probably link up the rest of the titles to pages about those books (where they exist). A number of the links to publishers - for example, short stories on www.scifi.com - are defunct now, so I guess those can be removed unless there is some archival interest in the original URLs to the on-line magazines. I also noticed that -- in a really classy gambit -- Penthouse magazine has taken over the old Omni magazine website, so I removed the Omni links from the bibliography.

Title: Re: Observations about the Site
Post by Forum Administrator on 03. Jan 2013 at 13:11

The old forum archive suffered a spammer-attack, but is now reset to its former state with the ads removed.

--Update: I spoke too soon. As soon as I reset the database, it started filling up with spam again, so I'll have to find some other way to protect the archive.

Title: Re: Observations about the Site
Post by Swancrash on 04. Jan 2013 at 03:37

I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say that we appreciate you doing battle in defense of the site.  Dastardly spam bots and their quest for constant annoyance.  We need an Ahab bot to chase them out whenever they have the audacity to poke their noses in.

Title: Re: Observations about the Site
Post by Forum Administrator on 04. Jan 2013 at 11:44

Thanks! I will attempt to fashion some form of whackum stick to deter the spam goblins. Possibly a simple password protection so that humans can get at the archive but spambots can't.

Title: Re: Observations about the Site
Post by Forum Administrator on 06. Jan 2013 at 21:21

I hope this works without too much inconvenience to anyone: the archive of the old discussion forum now has a password. I think it should be obvious to anyone who's read The Elfin Ship, which is probably most people here, and it should keep out spam robots: http://www.sybertooth.com/blaylock/chat.cfm

Title: Re: Observations about the Site
Post by Swancrash on 10. Jan 2013 at 05:18

Nice choice on the password.  Worked fine for me.

Title: Re: Observations about the Site
Post by Silver on 11. Jan 2013 at 16:50

A note on the bibliography - I had provided updates just about up until I began writing A Comprehensive Dual Bibliography of James P. Blaylock & Tim Powers. When I realized that there were quite a few early works missed, and then the addition of foreign editions and periodicals expanded the list by hundreds it seemed no longer all that practical to attempt to update.

So, if you want a truly comprehensive list, I suggest that you pick up one of my hardcopy bibliography books! I provide quite a bit of context as well, such as background info on inspirations and real-life events related to Blaylock's and Powers' works. I documented somewhere around 600 publications for the comprehensive bibliography.

The list here is now something of a good basics list -- focusing on novels, novellas and short stories.

Title: Re: Observations about the Site
Post by Forum Administrator on 11. Jan 2013 at 19:50

I've added a note on the old bibliography pointing people to the  Comprehensive Dual Bibliography book for complete information.

Title: Re: Observations about the Site
Post by Swancrash on 17. Jan 2013 at 04:41

On a non-bibliographic, but site-related subject, does anyone else ever wonder where all those members are, who used to at least visit the site, but haven't shown their noses in ages?  Have they vanished into the ether?  Why, there's even someone whose user name is 'balumnia', but despite choosing such a pointedly Blaylockian name, Mr. Balumnia hasn't been heard from in years.  Nor have other folks sporting Blaylock-inspired names, such as The Squire, Dooly, John_Doe_Nutt, nor Jake Squid.  Not to mention the more mundane Justin, Heather, and Tomas,  It just prods the imagination.

Title: Re: Observations about the Site
Post by Forum Administrator on 17. Jan 2013 at 12:02

Some may have lost their log-in information. "Balumnia" was on-line last year:

http://www.sybertooth.com/cgi-bin/yabb/blaylock/nph-YaBB.pl?num=1330582535/3#3

so I assume that that account is still active. There are probably some accounts that aren't in use any longer. I could send an e-mail out to all members to find out which ones have functioning e-mail addresses.

Title: Re: Observations about the Site
Post by Swancrash on 19. Jan 2013 at 22:31

I just find it mysterious, but any Blaylock-related website should have some mystery, I think.  Ghosts in the corners, characters reappearing after long absences (that'd by M. Balumnia, I guess), popping in and out unpredictably.  I like it.
Incidentally, I lost my log-in info once, a looong time ago, but I did remember my ID, so I just hit the "I Lost My Password" button and was thusly reborn.

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