Originally posted by [-mArc-]:
I'm probably biased, but that part is crucial to me. One can't expect a good catch in a lake one previously poisoned.
Maybe so but that has not stopped other members from stopping by and participating. If people cannot get over that it is cool and I can understand it. The only thing I ask of others is that they not be biased by your opinion as well and to decide for themselves.
Even when I ignore both the feud caused by the board's founders when promoting the board as "the board where people don't jump down your throat like on peel" and the imbecile stink they created here after not everyone fell in love with their content site, to me the board only has one selling point and that's talk on merchandise because its members are basically recruited from another merchandise board AFAIK.
Like PEEL, most of our discussion centers around talking about the show itself. Futurama fans, as far as my experience goes, are not notorious merchandise junkies like Simpsons fans are. And yes, the board did spring from a Simpsons merchandise board but we have a surprisingly low recruitment rate from them. The better part of our membership has come from other sources and most of them are more show oriented than anything else.
I myself would neither bother to sign up nor give my address and stuff to chronically underfunded ezboard - keen to sign me up for dozens of "product information" newsletters (optionally, but it tells where they are heading) - for talking about one of the 3-monthly releases.
Not sure what you mean by chronically underfunded but let me try and quel some of the rumours surrounding ezboard. Yes, to run an ad free board there is money involved. For FF the money primarily comes from the Admin staff as a service that we provide to our members. Do we ask for money to help support our community? Yes but it is at the members discretion. Nothing is free in this world even when you think it is.
Now, as an option of joining ezboard you can apply to gold status which basically means that you pay your dues and no matter what ezboard community you visit you will not be bothered by pop-up ads. This is more for people who visit many ezboard communities and really wouldn't apply to people just coming to FF since the Admin staff has taken care of the ads already.
I have been a member of ezboard for almost 2 years now and the only emails I recieve from them is when the servers or software is being upgraded. I can't say how many I get from them but that shows how infrequently I recieve them. I would guess about 3-4 a year and like I mentioned before they are to let me know that their are upgrades happening. I have never recieved a product spam from them for as long as I have been a member there. As comparison I get more emails from hotmail at my hotmail account than from ezboard.
As an added incentive for people to try us out we are experiementing with not requiring people to sign up with ezboard in order to post. That means you can come in and without signing up you can post. The only thing we would not allow a visitor or guest to do would be to trade or sell on the board but this is more for everybodies protection than anything else. Not sure how long that will last as there is some control that is lost through it but in the long run if you try us out and like it hopefully it will compel you to join us long term.
Not that I have any problem with you personally at all, just that board doesn't cut it for me.
That is fine and fair as far as I am concerned. We won't be everybodies cup of tea but then again neither will PEEL. And Otis, not sure what you mean by that as I am not sure if you are talking about ABPoG or FF but thanks either way.
You are the jivinist jiver who ever funkified a jive.
Anyways, the purpose of my original post was to make people aware that we are out there. I did not even know the Hip Joint was still around until I stumbled upon it again about two or three months ago and was a little surprised to see that it is no longer Futurama centered. At this stage of the game we need more Futurama dedicated fan sites out there cause after awhile that is all there will be left of our favorite show.
Peace out y'all!!