Is this actually The Plaza?
That's a deep question. The original Plaza encountered some very serious technical difficulties and has been offline for more than 2 years. During the past year, updates on its status have stopped altogether. Then 3 things happened around the same time: 1) I learned a tiny amount of PHP for a database course I was in, 2) I got 6 weeks of free time due to a job change, and 3) Youtube started playing the FOTR soundtrack and I got nostalgic one night. From there I got a bit carried away and.. well here we are.
You didn't need all that backstory but this is the important thing: This is a hobby project that got out of hand, so please don't expect much right now. I'm neither a web developer nor a forum guy nor have I ever put "leadership skills" on my resume. The site could break, I could bork the database when I change hosts (in fact I did that once already) - you get the idea. So go have fun, keep it light, and we'll take this thing one week at a time.
Final note on this front: I did receive very generous permission from Protoguy to use his artwork on the site. So any thanks for the look of the site should go to him - 90% of the nostalgic kick I'm hoping to induce is straight from those sweet sweet icons.
Who are the Rulers / Admins? Can I volunteer?
Since the site is very much in beta-mode and virtually everyone here will be coming from the Facebook group, I don't anticipate a lot of moderation needs right now. Sil and Uruva were 2 people that I asked to help me test this thing last week (their primary qualifications were that I could remember their real names and find them on Facebook) - they also have admin powers too at the moment. None of us intend to do much in the way of guiding what happens here beyond enforcing basic terms of service stuff (watching for shady links, bots, harassment, that kind of nonsense).
With that said - IF this proves to be something people actually use for more than a 2-week nostalgia-fest, then I'll definitely be looking at doing a more formal administration setup, potentially similar to the old Plaza (presumably with fewer admins, since this is a much smaller site). I'll be honest with you - I'm starting a new job in June and will see my time/will to devote to this project drop like a stone when that time comes. So I WILL be very grateful for help with all that stuff if we end up with some significant activity, but for now let's just see where things go. In the meantime, if you want to start a thread / army / lava snake racing league, go for it. Rulers are asleep, go nuts.
Who's paying for it?
We are runnin on the Bank of Narv right now. During this testing phase, everything's on an AWS server that I pay for by the minute, but can take down any time and stop paying. That costs about $14 USD per month if I run it all the time. If we have sustained interest and things don't break beyond repair, my hope is to move it to a long-term shared hosting setup that should be maybe half that. I don't mind footing the bill for now since we're in SUPER BETA MODE as I keep mentioning and I'm offering no guarantees about the site sticking around. If & when it looks like this thing has some legs, we can talk about fundraising for the long-term hosting costs.
Where's KD / Lorien / Fangorn / Isengard / The Children of Hurin Forum, you monster
ugh I hate adding forums it takes forever to set up. But if there are forums people want to get back, make a post about it and we'll see if it's popular. But my philosophy is definitely less forums => more people in the same forums => more plaza fun time magic.
thank you for coming to my website
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Thanks Narv, this is great!
Now bring back our emoticon library, dammit.
Ears (??): :o
Luthien: workin on it
@everyone else thanks and hope you all enjoy your time here, be it a one time nostalgia tour or a big ol deep dive
Well it has been many years since I wandered these forums. Even more since I was a new little candle. I do remember Narv and Uruva and Queen Nerwen. Just seeing the icons has made me all misty eyed. I do agree with the main sentiment of "less is more". I do feel very strongly that we all need to gt behind Narv so that we can bring the plaza into the 2020s. Bravo sir! Has anyone advertised this on the other plaza fb page where other old members visit.
I'll post more in a couple hours when I have my computer instead of this dinky phone. Great to see so many familiar names and ICONS.
Welcome back, Linny!!! Missed you, sis.
Crikey, I had forgotten how FOO Rochindil was.
Great to see some familiar names/faces here. I have gone by the names Scary and Dwimmerlaik over the years. I find forums very tricky on mobile and I don't have a computer these days, so I can't promise too much. But if I'm not posting much I'll certainly be here reading it all! :mrgreen:
Thanks Loke, glad you like it.. FYI your name was the first one I saw tonight that made me go woaaaaah in a hushed and awed tone.
Hi everyone. It's so lovely to see so many familiar names (and icons).
Aiiiiiiig - - it's been so long it actually felt presumptuous to put Mordagnir in my username! :? But boy it's good to see you!
I'd be lying if I said I hadn't experienced a twinge or two of nostalgia for the old place. In many ways the world - and certainly the internet - was a more innocent, more magical place when I first discovered the plaza, and the community that grew within it remains dear to my heart. Plus you all let me do whatever stupid crap rattled around inside my head ALL THE FREAKIN' TIME.
And then, you know ... politics and people change, and I think maybe I broke my profile on the old Plaza. Either that or I got banned, I'm not entirely sure which. And then it went away completely. And now a version of it is back :) I like that. And I like you for actually pulling it all together. So genuinely, thank you.
When I've managed to feed and exercise the spawn I'll be back for a better look. :D
And I love that you want to keep this place small, as I totally agree! <3
I literally had a dream about this last night. I read something in the Facebook group before I went to bed, and now it has manifested itself!
I found a file on my computer from forever ago with the orc name Zâram. Don't remember anything about that character, but I do vaguely recall RPing a bit in the Mordor area.
You brought the plaza back!
Over the last couple years I have written countless Cavalry posts and had so many threats dideas, and couldn't do any of it. Having the chance now is amazing! And all the original icons and kingdoms and everything is beyond perfect!
Also Shiva and I are working to get out some of the old Rohan faves back in place. So keep your eyes open!
Shiv -- partners in crime yes?!!