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The Effect of Brass Goggles Forum on the Proliferation of Steampunk

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The Effect of Brass Goggles Forum on the Proliferation of Steampunk

Post  Sean O'Byrne on Thu Sep 25, 2008 6:26 pm

Do you folks think the main Brass Goggles forum being down for such a long time will have a strong negative impact on the interest of Steampunk in the worldwide community?

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Re: The Effect of Brass Goggles Forum on the Proliferation of Steampunk

Post  A.G.Morgan on Thu Sep 25, 2008 7:28 pm

I fear it may leave the forum itself much diminished. If it is down much longer the exiles will start putting down roots in other places.

But while it's certainly not good for anything or anyone, I don't think it will have that much of an effect on the greater world.

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Re: The Effect of Brass Goggles Forum on the Proliferation of Steampunk

Post  Prof. George of Chaos on Thu Sep 25, 2008 7:34 pm

Hah. I'm pretty sure even in our little contingent here we have some widely differing ideas of what would constitute a negative effect.

As to Steampunk being the sort of thing people lok for and look at? I'm pretty much with Mister Morgan above; While we check near enough to every day ('specially when we're not getting our fix) I'm pretty sure for most of the wider world it's more of an occasional blip, and while BG is quite the resource there are others around, so nobody is going to want for a set of definitions.

Besides anything else, it's been noted so many times before: A great deal of us steampunks built up our interest long before we found any name or website to attach it to.

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Re: The Effect of Brass Goggles Forum on the Proliferation of Steampunk

Post  Tanuki on Thu Sep 25, 2008 10:36 pm

I know it's had a profound effect on me, since I no longer am able to view cool new Steampunk things every hour or so, and am thus reduced to spending my time at work doing other things. Like working. *shudder*
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Re: The Effect of Brass Goggles Forum on the Proliferation of Steampunk

Post  Abraxas on Thu Sep 25, 2008 10:48 pm

Well, http://www.ottens.co.uk seems to be doing some pretty brisk business, and many regular members from BG and here are quite well represented there. (as in thousands of posts per category). I for one, don't care for the software used over there, and the forum in general doesn't have quite the open and friendly feel as BG did. But at least they're getting exposure and staying active.
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Post  GarethG on Fri Sep 26, 2008 1:59 am

Um, I kind of like it on here, I guess it's a bit like when your motor car is in the garage and they give you a courtesy car? While you really like your own car, you also have fun trying out all the different things on the 'new' car, safe in the knowledge that you will soon be getting YOUR car back (hopefully!).
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Re: The Effect of Brass Goggles Forum on the Proliferation of Steampunk

Post  The V.A.P. on Fri Sep 26, 2008 4:40 am

Hmm. While I do think that most people who go to Brass Goggles are Steampunk beforehand and will always be, it is an amazingly useful tool for keeping in touch and pooling our imaginations. I simply hope that all the exiles do not give up hope and keep on top of the situation, instead of giving up and abandoning it. Surely it can not be too much longer? Right? Neutral
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Re: The Effect of Brass Goggles Forum on the Proliferation of Steampunk

Post  OldProfessorBear on Fri Sep 26, 2008 6:20 am

The V.A.P. wrote:Hmm. While I do think that most people who go to Brass Goggles are Steampunk beforehand and will always be, it is an amazingly useful tool for keeping in touch and pooling our imaginations. I simply hope that all the exiles do not give up hope and keep on top of the situation, instead of giving up and abandoning it. Surely it can not be too much longer? Right? Neutral

um.

We just don't know. But it's losing cred every day it stays down. Sad

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Re: The Effect of Brass Goggles Forum on the Proliferation of Steampunk

Post  Tanuki on Fri Sep 26, 2008 7:14 am

The lack of posts to the blog in over a month probably does not help, either.
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Re: The Effect of Brass Goggles Forum on the Proliferation of Steampunk

Post  Prof. Urban Chronotis on Fri Sep 26, 2008 8:57 am

Maybe we should consider to create a permanet substitute for brassgoggles? It is now the longest time-out, but not the first one. If the forum will work again, for how long? Updates in the blog became very, very sporadic. It seems that Tinkergirl is no longer interested in keeping Brassgoggles alive.
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Re: The Effect of Brass Goggles Forum on the Proliferation of Steampunk

Post  The Juxt on Fri Sep 26, 2008 11:43 am

Prof. Urban Chronotis wrote:Maybe we should consider to create a permanet substitute for brassgoggles? It is now the longest time-out, but not the first one. If the forum will work again, for how long? Updates in the blog became very, very sporadic. It seems that Tinkergirl is no longer interested in keeping Brassgoggles alive.

do you not think it's a little soon to be giving up on either Brassgoggles or Tinkergirl? real life, technical issues we may not know about, and countless other reasons could have lead to a slow down in blog updates and the problems that the forum is having at the moment. as far as i'm aware, Tinkergirl does this for the love of it, its not a job, and interests- no matter how fanatical, wax and wane. we've all gained a lot of pleasure from what she does, perhaps a little loyalty is the order of the day?


anyway, as to the original question- i've found that the BG outage has actually given me time to rekindle my love of SP. i was starting to find it very stale, repetative and almost a parody of itself, this short time away has given me the energy and enthusiasm to jump right back in. so for me, this temporary lack of BG has done wonders for my interest in SP. I just hope it comes back soon Smile
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Re: The Effect of Brass Goggles Forum on the Proliferation of Steampunk

Post  markf on Fri Sep 26, 2008 2:48 pm

I'm sticking with BG until they pull the eventually plug and it (or I, for that matter) goes flatline. Until then I'm treating SP as I would BG, posting materials I believe have steamy potential that some will likely find interesting. markf
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Re: The Effect of Brass Goggles Forum on the Proliferation of Steampunk

Post  Jemima Annabelle Clough on Fri Sep 26, 2008 8:59 pm

Do we have anyone here who used to be able to post on the blog part of BG? Did those posts have to be approved first, or has that already been tried?

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Re: The Effect of Brass Goggles Forum on the Proliferation of Steampunk

Post  OldProfessorBear on Fri Sep 26, 2008 9:38 pm

Jemima Annabelle Clough wrote:Do we have anyone here who used to be able to post on the blog part of BG? Did those posts have to be approved first, or has that already been tried?

I'm almost certain that those had to go TG. In fact, IIRC, there was a considerable backlog of blog material that she just hadn't had time to get around to posting. Somebody here probably has a better idea of that if they were contributors.

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Re: The Effect of Brass Goggles Forum on the Proliferation of Steampunk

Post  Ottens on Fri Sep 26, 2008 10:20 pm

Hello all. In response to Miss Clough here---yes, posts had (logically) to be approved by Tinkergirl before they were published on the blog. About a dozen or so posts are currently pending approval, however, because of Tinkergirl's absence these cannot be made available now.
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Re: The Effect of Brass Goggles Forum on the Proliferation of Steampunk

Post  Jemima Annabelle Clough on Fri Sep 26, 2008 11:05 pm

I thought that would be the case - 'twould be a tad odd otherwise. Wishful thinking on my part that we could the message out to folks that we're waiting here on there.

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Re: The Effect of Brass Goggles Forum on the Proliferation of Steampunk

Post  Prof. George of Chaos on Mon Sep 29, 2008 7:57 pm

And no sooner had she said that, than...

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Re: The Effect of Brass Goggles Forum on the Proliferation of Steampunk

Post  T.Taylor the Third on Thu Oct 02, 2008 4:37 am

it took me forever to find the forum when i first found the blog, so many people may not even know that there is something else.if they do those who arn't all that intrested may just go away. while those who are will cheack back every now and then
this is the 2nd time bg has been down while i was a member.
and 2 times realy isnt that many.

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Re: The Effect of Brass Goggles Forum on the Proliferation of Steampunk

Post  Miss Gaslight on Thu Oct 02, 2008 5:49 am

Hi Taylor VAP and I have been updating the steam london part of the wiki like mad in the down time. We now have an almost complete plot synopsis but if you want to add some more I would like that very much.
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Re: The Effect of Brass Goggles Forum on the Proliferation of Steampunk

Post  Max Von Hellbent on Thu Oct 02, 2008 6:27 pm

Tanuki wrote:I know it's had a profound effect on me, since I no longer am able to view cool new Steampunk things every hour or so, and am thus reduced to spending my time at work doing other things. Like working. *shudder*

Though there are other places I frequent to get my fix, it is dismaying to see the state of affairs on BG. Hopefully it will resume soon and if not then I think *looking around in the metaphoric sense* that this seems a nice place to wait it out or stay.

The overall effect wouldn't be negative, I think because that would imply that BG was the basis of Steampunk when it was, as someone put so well, a pooling of inspirations and ideas. That it has been a bit dispersed is disappointing. Whattaya going to do?

Oh yeah, get some work done...

D'OH!!!


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Re: The Effect of Brass Goggles Forum on the Proliferation of Steampunk

Post  Captain Minty Gearhertz on Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:51 am

I have to say, at least it hasnt been over two years yet. One forum (a fan fiction community centred around one anime) I was a member of was very good, had a nice active userbase and plenty of posts. Two scripter attacks and a hack later, the website was taken down for a "fix" to be implemented. Two years later and still nothing, infact the head admin and site owner's own site is just as dead, one worries for their wellbeing at points. Back to the point, brassgoggles has been down for a very short while in comparison to that other forum plus it has an active group camping out over here (Granted we started a coal mine to fule the boiler, the observarium has a plate steel roof and many of us have started succesful workshops...) so no fear! All shall be done soon (I hope Sad )

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