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Chad Arnow
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PostPosted: Wed 07 Jun, 2023 11:43 am    Post subject: Best ways to communicate during periods of site instability?         Reply with quote

Hello all,
We’ve just emerged from a period of downtime for the site. If we encounter periods like this in the future, what’s the best way to stay in touch? Where else are people hanging out where info on myArmoury would be welcome?

Happy

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Ian Hutchison




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PostPosted: Wed 07 Jun, 2023 1:11 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Maybe the Ethnographic Arms & Armor forum, or Sword Buyers Guide:

http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/

https://sbg-sword-forum.forums.net/

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Carl W.




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PostPosted: Wed 07 Jun, 2023 1:34 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Chad - Fyi...

https://sbg-sword-forum.forums.net/thread/71247/myArmoury-com-shut

I finally joined sbg to use their pm's to complete a buy started on marketplace here, but then mA went down. No problem, it got done, most important is (see that thread) many of us are happy mA back up & want mA to stay alive.
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Anthony Clipsom




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PostPosted: Wed 07 Jun, 2023 1:53 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'm probably different to a lot of folks but this is the only arms and armour forum I frequent. When I wanted to know about the down, I used web searches for mentions. So, getting stuff out there in maybe a few of forums with good traffic to boost them on search engine algorithms would work for me. I hope others can advise on what suitable higher profile locations might be.
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Chad Arnow
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PostPosted: Wed 07 Jun, 2023 2:16 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Carl W. wrote:
Chad - Fyi...

https://sbg-sword-forum.forums.net/thread/71247/myArmoury-com-shut

I finally joined sbg to use their pm's to complete a buy started on marketplace here, but then mA went down. No problem, it got done, most important is (see that thread) many of us are happy mA back up & want mA to stay alive.


Oddly enough, I'm an SBG member and went there multiple times during the outage to see if myArmoury was being discussed. However, I went to the off-topic board because that's where something like that would have been posted here. Happy I never thought to look in General Discussions since 20 years of how we do things on this site is so ingrained. Laughing Out Loud

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Dan Kary





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PostPosted: Wed 07 Jun, 2023 4:01 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'm a member at a few other sites (SBG, Blade Forums, Ethographic Arms, Nihonto, etc.) but I don't bother with them much by comparison. I did go to SBG specifically to see if there was news about this site - that seemed like the natural alternative.

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Ryan Renfro




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PostPosted: Wed 07 Jun, 2023 4:08 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

21,000 of us follow the myArmoury.com Facebook page. I'd start there.
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Chad Arnow
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PostPosted: Wed 07 Jun, 2023 4:26 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ryan Renfro wrote:
21,000 of us follow the myArmoury.com Facebook page. I'd start there.


Nathan is the only one with the ability to post to that page, unfortunately.

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Vincent Le Chevalier




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PostPosted: Wed 07 Jun, 2023 5:15 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I don't know how representative I am, but I've looked for info about the status of the site on Reddit, specifically here. I basically don't look at other forums any longer now, myArmoury is the last I consult...

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Pedro Paulo Gaião




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PostPosted: Wed 07 Jun, 2023 7:58 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I met myArmoury before Facebook became a thing where I lived (it's not yet a thing in Iowa currently, so whatever). After I discovered groups like XIV-XV century armor and such I spent more time there since it's more dynamic and convenient.

I don't go for other military forums, and I like the idea of this website using your actual name, so you can actually trace the work of someone.

I tried to find info on the shutdown, but no luck with that. It lasted so many days that I either thought it was forever down or the website was deactivated in some countries (Hellenic Armor's website wasn't available in South America, especially the Greek one). I commented about the shutdown in a Facebook group about swords and a guy was surprised it was down, he probably heard it first from me.

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Glen A Cleeton




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PostPosted: Wed 07 Jun, 2023 8:06 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Vikingsword is where I began in 1998. It is currently one of the most stable and reasonably active sites. I do though hesitate to announce some migration.

There is so much discussion here regarding topics not suited to the vikingsword ethnographic board that it would get loud and angry quickly.

Everything has become so compartmentalized that the dilution is almost complete and it leads the surfers to skip over the waves instead of riding them.

Usenet is free, etched in the ether forever. I personally champion usenet for discussion. Of course we ten little indians set up camp outside of the mean webbies and the family grew. Three years to peak at a couple of dozen cyber friends and now 20 years later its just a couple of us that post up on the holidays. At any rate, all that stuff is still out there. Flood the spam out of news:rec.knives and move in! Happy Or find an unused one and use it. We used alt.fringeware for a year or so.

SBG is OK by me but it is dwindling as well. It's ok to have fun until someone lacks dry humor. SBG recycles the new recruits and some learning is going on there. I deleted my account there but like usenet, it's all still there for now. I would think post to the pub for anything not sword related but you'll find discussions throughout the rooms there. Most are on their phones, addressing the first page, without reading through the past years.

I can sympathize with those that have difficulty searching for info and we see a lot of that on facebook. I spend time in both reproduction fb groups and antique fb groups. Not a week goes by that I don't run a search in one of these older groups, sharing what is out there. I kind of hate fb for a lot of the formatting but look for a person's posts to follow a trail or simply search independently.

Iirc, Nathan's hope was to focus more info to the header, with the forum never really designed for expansion beyond European medieval and renaissance periods. While my first post here way back was regarding 19th century swords, I don't think you'll find more than a couple of dozen threads here regarding them. So, folk splintered of as dilution increased. More group started and as quiet as myArmoury and little used.

Anyway, I am around. Just remember

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Victor R.




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PostPosted: Thu 08 Jun, 2023 12:42 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Chad Arnow wrote:
Ryan Renfro wrote:
21,000 of us follow the myArmoury.com Facebook page. I'd start there.


Nathan is the only one with the ability to post to that page, unfortunately.


Nathan could add some site administrators or moderators and make a few accessibility changes so that people could participate, or at least communicate during down times or otherwise, assuming he's at least somewhat available to be contacted. It only takes a few minutes and it would be nice to have that space resurrected as an alternative information stream.

I went there looking as well, but found that I couldn't even message an administrator and that there hadn't been any activity since 2020. It's an easy resource to at least keep a little bit alive and it could also increase visibility for the mothership. Lots of folks on FB (even I've been there for a little over 10 years now).

The only other online forums of this type I belong to are Armor Archive, a lugar board and one other firearms site that I can't even remember the name of right now. Haven't been active on any of them in years - just this place.
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Dan Kary





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PostPosted: Thu 08 Jun, 2023 12:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I think the facebook idea is great. I follow the facebook page enough though it has had no activity since 2020. Even if a message like "the forum is down and we're working on it" with an update every couple of days would have been wonderful.
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Ryan S.




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PostPosted: Fri 09 Jun, 2023 12:16 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It there an email address that would work even if the site is down?
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