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Old Nov 8 2013, 12:04 PM   #1
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Is there anything we can do to rekindle interest in the site? Our active members list is dropping off fast.

It's years since we did anything in the book discussion forum (come back Edith).

It's also a long time since we had any collecting highlights to drool over.

And, we haven't had a quiz for quite a while.

At present most activity seems to be Kugai and me playing word games which can't really hold the attention of any new comers.

Who's got any good ideas? What can we do to resuscitate this place?




Or isn't it worth bothering?
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I mostly post in the what is happening thread. I don't really know what to say to your question. My collecting has branched out to Terry Pratchett.

I've thought a bit more. Perhaps some new threads in the Cafe area. Maybe one that deals with special events where people live (pictures would be great). How about a "show us your pets" thread, including photos and funny stories about them?

I think book discussion may be tapped out? Topics were going through re-runs when I first discovered the KT, years ago.

If I come up with anything more I'll add it. Good for you for bringing this up!
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I don't know, P'ter I visit regularly to catch up with who's doing what (and with whom ), but I've never been one for playing in the word games, and like Priscilla said, it gets to the point that after 15 years of posting and discussing, there rarely seems to be anything new to say about Anne's Worlds MOM is like a comfy pair of slippers for me, not necessarily the most exciting place to visit, but absolutely indispensable .
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I come by at least once a day, don't always post. Not sure what to do about it being slow.

Maybe we could have an on line gather and invite some of the ones who have quit visiting.
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I'm here daily, but as P'ter says, the most activity I do here is the Wordgames in F&G. I'm always looking to see if there's new Threads, and if they interest me I'll Post in 'em.

Like I mentioned on AMCF, I'm more active on one or two other sites, mostly on QC Forum where I've become a Global Moderator. I'll still come here, and I hope that it does eventually pick up.
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Old Nov 9 2013, 06:57 AM   #6
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I think this is the first time I've come here in months that there was something new to read in three threads in the Cafe. Maybe new threads help? I've also been guilty of not posting just because I had posted a day or less ago in the same thread. If there's something to be said, just say it!
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I haven't posted in awhile because life offline has been really bad of late. I still check in but haven't felt like I've wanted to drag others down. Things are starting to look up so I'll probably start posting again.
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I get caught up in other things and forget to visit. Then when I do sometimes I just don't know what to say. Don't really have any interesting stories to share and I guess I'm just too private to share whatever random thing happens in my life. ::shrug::
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Definitely awake here! It was about 25 F this morning! That'll wake you up.
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Old Nov 15 2013, 10:12 AM   #10
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Well, I'm back I'm like Anneli. I don't feel the urge or need to discuss anything very much, not even DRoP. The fun has gone out of this somewhat over time but especially after Anne's death; that patticular anniversary comes up soon

But I do want to keep in touch with the real regulars and die hards, so I do visit about every other day.

I have never been much of a games person, besides, there are so many places to do that and there's only one MoM!

As for rekindling the McCaffrey Fire... I'm afraid the bigger public lost intrest in her some time ago. I;ve seen the number of her books in bookstores go down and down. I hate it but can't deny it. She'll always be remembered as one of the big names but attention for her work is definitely dwindling and Todd branching out doesn't help Pern or Anne's legacy. Now I don't know how things are in the USA. I'm talking Europe and European bookshops here. I don't even think the last few of Todd's titles were translated... Sad, but what can one do?

Following that there will be less and less attention for related websites. I know that's tru for my website and I only receive but a few questions and inquiries a month. So it will be the same for in here. There's the old core and a new visitor now and then but given the circumstances I don't think there will be many more of the kind of fans like the old KT and MoM core that even took on travels, even transatlantic travels, to meet each other. Maybe we'll meet (Worldcon 2014 being a good chance) and maybe we'll meet during our (holiday) travels but I am afraid Anne McCaffrey fandom will never be the same again and will never recover from the loss of its writer and main focus having passed away.

But you ARE remembered, dear Annie, every single day!
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Do you think there will ever be a movie?
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No, Michelle, I've given up the hope for that. You see, DRoP isn't that widely known anymore and I feel that the big companies will only furnish money for the movie if they will be able to make millions out of the merchandise and I honestly don't think they will be able to do that.

IIRC the earlier Dragonriders movie was pulled by Anne because they wanted to murder the story and because of problems around merchandising, when DRoP was still very popular. The TV story went through the drain for the same reason (oiginal story mangling) and Anne put here hopes on this Canadian venture because they would make the movie true to the story. Well, we haven't heard from them in a long while and that isn't because they can't make a great movie. I guess it's because nobody wants to put up the vast amount of money needed to make such a technically difficult product. You need people and businesses of Star Wars and LoTR fame to make a good DRoP movie. So I don't think it will ever materialise. Now I would gladly be proven wrong, of course
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I very much doubt it at this point. There simply isn't enough interest in her work at the moment.

Sadly, the dwindling trend of activity is noticeable on all boards I visit, with one major exception (gateworld). People hang out on FB and instacrap instead.
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FB? That's faecesbook, isn't it?
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Well, I keep in touch with a few people on Facebook who no longer do websites (for the same reason I mostly don't). Yes it has snagged a lot of traffic from websites which I guess is unfortunate. But, no one is forcing anybody to do either/or. It may be POO to some people but like I said it's another way to keep in touch. I also occasionally snail mail my friends, even though that is almost a lost art!
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I'm active on a couple of other forums, and I agree. Forum traffic is down, and it doesn't matter the focus of the forum. And I think Facebook is a lot of the reason. I do use it, as it lets me see pics of my grandkids and keep up with a lot of family and friends. But it isn't a forum like MOM. I miss what the forums used to be, and FB just can't make up for that.
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No disagreement here. Just, if people wanted to do both they could. Unfortunately as Hans said, since Anne is no longer with us there is far less interest in fan sites. I would be sad if it was gone, like the final chapter had been read and the book closed, not to be re-opened.
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Old Nov 21 2013, 08:42 AM   #19
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Sadly this is the reason I stopped coming here. Unfortunately for me I found this site way to late.

My love for Anne and her work especially DRoP will never fade, and I am still avidly collecting Pern - you should see what I got over the last year or so...

But I have no one to talk to about it anymore, as like many of you have said - for those of you who have been here forever there is nothing else to say.

Bummer for me because I could still gladly talk about her and Pern till the ... dragons come home!

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We always like talking about her. If you want to talk come start a thread.
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Some of us just like talking FULL STOP (or even non-stop)

Yes start a thread or three. The more visitors see SOMETHING going on the more they'll be temped to join.
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Definitely!!

I'm always glad to see /talk about others treasures!

I don't collect alot but I'm reminding every day of my love for DroP when I walk into my dining room.
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I remember the New Kitchen Table, and the WB/TV show fiasco, and how the boards were hopping back then. I was 17 or 18 back then, 2000 or 2001. It's been very strange to watch the fandom die, to watch fewer and fewer fans come about, and also realize I'm no longer a "kid" on the forum, but 30.

Without new things to discuss, I feel like I'd be just rehashing old stuff if I made new threads. (I don't talk about Todd's work because I just don't want to be so negative, and I know I will be if I say anything, or try to read it in order to be able to say something.)

I think only the fact that fanfic based on AMC worlds was suppressed for many years is why I continue making fanfic with a fandom this dead. If this was an active fandom, and hadn't had those rules in place during a time when they had been respected (nowdays no such rules would ever be respected on the net!) the things I've been working on would have long ago been explored by hundreds of other people, and there would be little left to explore.

I guess I am glad I did get to experience some portion of "active fandom" for AMC. I missed the Marion Zimmer Bradley boat entirely. I regret that. It would have been fun to gnaw over the Comyn and laran things. Maybe someday I'll do a Talent/Darkover crossover. Or Pern/Darkover crossover. I'd have to re-read all the MZB books to do it, though.

Ok, meandering disconnected nostalgia wave is over. For now.
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I missed a whole lot of fandom in general. I guess now the "raison d'etre" (if my French hasn't completely failed me I think that's 'reason for being' ) for this and other sites is mostly to stay in touch with people, to share our current lives, to reminisce and to continue to enjoy each other's company? I think Anne would enjoy the fact that her personality and writing were so strong and loved that even her passing would not be the end of places where her fans gathered, even if we don't discuss her books much any more. Surely, she's always in the back of our minds when we come here.
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Hear, hear, here Very well said, Priscilla, that's the main point IMHO

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I'd be up for a book club-esque discussion of some of the books! Seflishly, I still haven't read the Talent series or the Freedom series so would love to start there :3
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I've never been much for discussing books but if someone starts something I might add two cents. . . I really liked the Talent series.
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I guess I am glad I did get to experience some portion of "active fandom" for AMC. I missed the Marion Zimmer Bradley boat entirely. I regret that. It would have been fun to gnaw over the Comyn and laran things. Maybe someday I'll do a Talent/Darkover crossover. Or Pern/Darkover crossover. I'd have to re-read all the MZB books to do it, though.
I miss it too, I'm currently reading Darkover and would love to discuss it with someone. I'm in the early stages -- Heirs of Darkover book.

Also, I would be willing to discuss Anne's literature because I missed most of the book discussions in early 2000's due to toddlers and exhaustion at times.

I, too, miss the busyness of the board and am glad it is still here. The Old KT board brought many wonderful people into my life. I'm on Facebook with most but it is not the same conversations as was found on the board so I would do my best to support a revitalization.

Crystal Singer introduce me to Anne but I think the Talent series is my favorite.
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No reason why we should not discuss other SF writers surely?
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Unfortunately, 2 of my OTHER favorite authors are also deceased, before our beloved Anne.

It has been put forth over at the NKT that perhaps we should condense the site now that she's gone between and save the site some money. Would I be out of order to suggest the same for discussion here? The last thing I want to do is offend.
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Would condensing the fora actually save any money? Does it depend on size? Or is it a flat fee for the site itself?

And it would be Kendal and Cheryl who saved the money (as far as I know).
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I hope we are able to revitalize the site.
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I agree with Lily. No reason why new discussion can't be started about favorite authors, living or dead.
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It's a flat fee that only has to be paid once, so condensing wouldn't help. And I'm sure Cheryl and Kendall wouldn't do it to save server space, the database isn't that big

That been said, we could lose the foreign fora and maybe a few others because they are so inactive. I am loasth to close or delete them though, because it doesn't cost anything to keep them open and I like them being there for just the odd post.
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Old Dec 1 2013, 10:30 AM   #36
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At a very small South African site I belong to we came to the same conclusion. We used to have nearly as many categories as here. Many of them were lumped together into one place that I think ended up being called "everything else is now here!" Nothing is really gone, just when we visit the site now, only the few areas we still use are readily visible.
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The price for the VBulletin Board is one that only has to be paid once. AMCF has to pay for hsting and since Cheryl and Kendall host MoM on their own server(s) cost in that aspect and space is not an issue.
I could delete some of the lesser used fora, like the foreign ones and some of the lesser frequented ones, but I am loasth to do that since I like having them there for just the odd post, and it costs nothing to have them there. So condensin wouldn't mean anything to us.

We would welcome more discussion about SF, fantasy and other writers and books; we always did. What we do not want in here is the general discussion about politics, religion, news, etc. that seems to fill (or seemed to fill) a good chunk of the AMCF lounge. We never had that kind of lounge, not for over nine years and we like it that way.
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That's why I asked; so I could find out. Thanks!
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A nice quiet place this. Civil, that's one word I'd use. Also, respect - for the owner, the hosts and each other. I'll keep posting as long as the door is open!
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Hans and Co: is there any chance of more Collector's Highlights?
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