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A Thank You to the Forum
« on: March 13, 2014, 07:49:56 PM »
No, this isn't some sappy goodbye, hello, or what have you. I just wanted to say how truly grateful I am at the amount of good cheer, respect, and leniency this community has, especially in the forum.

I've been a member of FF for almost two years. This was the first forum I ever joined, so when I heard that they were lax, unlike a lot of other forums, I shrugged it off as mere words. But over time, I've visited other forums, and found that this place is amazing.

We've been accused of having a "clique" at one point, but man, some other forums are so indifferent to new members, so impersonal and clique-ish. At least when newbies introduce themselves, we have the decency to address them by their names. Some places say "hi hi, glad to have you, k bye," to a big group of people. We throw in jokes, for crying out loud. And these discussions that can delve into a bit of heat? That's called being rude. That's mean. That's wrong. You point out a flaw, you're not following the rules.

And by God, if you don't adhere to the topic word for word, (heaven forbid you jump on a tangent) then all hell will break loose. It's maddening.

On top of that, places that receive 100+ members at one time are more cluttered than my garbage can. The forum is hard to navigate, there's no structure to things, and no "read unread posts since last visit" button. (Really, that's a godsend.)

Sometimes, I don't think I realize how great this place is.

Anyway, I just want to say I'm glad to have a place that's relaxing, that respects everyone's opinion, but doesn't go crazy saying an opinion is sacred. I'm glad that we revel in our love of the genre, that we allow new ideas to flourish and grow, and that we're lax, that we allow some insanity. Thank you, Fantasy-Faction. Thank you.
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Re: A Thank You to the Forum
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2014, 11:22:42 PM »
Thanks Chill. I have to agree with you that of all the various forums I've been, and I have frequented a few over the years, I find this the most welcoming and easy to get along with.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Re: A Thank You to the Forum
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2014, 02:18:07 AM »
I have to say, it's been quite awhile since I've been on a forum, especially on a regular basis, but in the last week or two since I joined I've really enjoyed it here. Great people, great threads, great conversation :)
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AW: A Thank You to the Forum
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2014, 05:49:40 AM »
Thanks, Caleb. Couldn't have said it better. :)
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Re: A Thank You to the Forum
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2014, 10:00:01 AM »
You put into words what i was thinking.

I love the random tangents,  sometimes they lead to somewhere very interesting, sometimes they're just strange! 

Love it here, though my TBR curses you! :p
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Re: A Thank You to the Forum
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2014, 10:40:15 AM »
I'm a newcomer in the forums, although I've followed Fantasy-Faction's for some time now, and I must say that I can relate to most of what's been said. People take Fantasy seriously, here, but don't take themselves too seriously, and I think that is what's most enjoyable.
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Re: A Thank You to the Forum
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2014, 10:48:55 AM »
This forum is my favourite online find the in the last 12 months. I still remember my first introduction thread which received over two pages of recommendations and welcomes. It was great to be greeted so warmly and I love coming back here every day.

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Re: A Thank You to the Forum
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2014, 04:47:44 PM »
 I wish to join the thanks to the forum's community. Not only have they helped me translate my novel, but also have given lots of useful insights about my writing. Besides, writing articles for them has been a real thrill :D

 I haven't been participating a lot lately, but I still read a few topics every now and then. It's good to see that FF is still healthy :D
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Re: A Thank You to the Forum
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2014, 08:15:06 AM »
As a newcomer I am delighted to join in the thanks for a friendly, inclusive and incredibly interesting forum. I don't contribute as often as I should, because although I have read all kinds of SFF in the past, I tend to concentrate on the amazing new urban fantasy that just keeps coming, but I do read and enjoy many of the other threads and read the main articles daily. Thank you, Overlord, all moderators, admin and contributors for creating such a pleasure.  Thank you Chill for starting this with such a great tribute.


I suspect I am most ancient of members and as reader only, never a writer, the range and depth of imagination coming out in the fantasy world nowadays leaves me in complete awe and wonderment.  I wish I was teenage again with long, long years ahead to enjoy it all.   In this respect, something I find especially wonderful and unique to this Forum is the enthusiasm, care, help and encouragement given, in every way possible, to young writers starting out.  Fantasy Faction Writers section and the moderators who run it and all who contribute.  Nurture the talent, the world needs fantasy like never before and will continue to do so -  my greatest respects to you all.
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Re: A Thank You to the Forum
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2014, 04:34:26 PM »
As a newcomer I am delighted to join in the thanks for a friendly, inclusive and incredibly interesting forum. I don't contribute as often as I should, because although I have read all kinds of SFF in the past, I tend to concentrate on the amazing new urban fantasy that just keeps coming, but I do read and enjoy many of the other threads and read the main articles daily. Thank you, Overlord, all moderators, admin and contributors for creating such a pleasure.  Thank you Chill for starting this with such a great tribute.


I suspect I am most ancient of members and as reader only, never a writer, the range and depth of imagination coming out in the fantasy world nowadays leaves me in complete awe and wonderment.  I wish I was teenage again with long, long years ahead to enjoy it all.   In this respect, something I find especially wonderful and unique to this Forum is the enthusiasm, care, help and encouragement given, in every way possible, to young writers starting out.  Fantasy Faction Writers section and the moderators who run it and all who contribute.  Nurture the talent, the world needs fantasy like never before and will continue to do so -  my greatest respects to you all.
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Re: A Thank You to the Forum
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2014, 09:46:47 PM »
Well life extension is getting better and better these days, and age reversing drugs have been made, though they're not the end all and be all. If you can last a decade or two my dear fellow, you'll be golden. And a question, how has fantasy evolved over the years in your eyes, and when was the "golden era" if you will.

Thank you so much for that great comment, Algon, exactly the kind of brilliant suggestion I should have expected from here - with renewed hope I will look  forward to  the necessary potions   ;D   
The question is a great one and I will answer with my thoughts,  but you may have woken a sleeping dragon - how many chapters would you like?  Seriously, six decades of reading needs time and consideration before reply.

BTW Lady Ty.................
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Re: A Thank You to the Forum
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2014, 10:54:20 AM »
Couldn't have said it better myself.  It's odd, I've been a member of several forums in my time on the internet, which at this point is more than half my life, (Apologies to those I just made feel old,  :-\ ) and this forum is, not only one of the nicest, but also one of the few I actually make sure to check every day.  Even if I don't post, I always find it's nice to see what people have been saying.   Plus, I know who the people are.   Even some of the newer guys I recognize and the ones who've been around longer I look forward to seeing their comments and even hold some of their words in high esteem. (Which may not be the best thing to do with what is essentially a bunch of fantasy fans with too much time on their hands). 

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Re: A Thank You to the Forum
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2014, 05:49:59 PM »
Well life extension is getting better and better these days, and age reversing drugs have been made, though they're not the end all and be all. If you can last a decade or two my dear fellow, you'll be golden. And a question, how has fantasy evolved over the years in your eyes, and when was the "golden era" if you will.

Thank you so much for that great comment, Algon, exactly the kind of brilliant suggestion I should have expected from here - with renewed hope I will look  forward to  the necessary potions   ;D   
The question is a great one and I will answer with my thoughts,  but you may have woken a sleeping dragon - how many chapters would you like?  Seriously, six decades of reading needs time and consideration before reply.

BTW Lady Ty.................
Oops... And yes, I would quite like to hear your thoughts. Heck, you could even do an article if you really wanted to, considering how open Overlord is to those sorts of thins.

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Re: A Thank You to the Forum
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2014, 10:37:48 PM »
Couldn't have said it better myself.  It's odd, I've been a member of several forums in my time on the internet, which at this point is more than half my life, (Apologies to those I just made feel old,  :-\ ) and this forum is, not only one of the nicest, but also one of the few I actually make sure to check every day.  Even if I don't post, I always find it's nice to see what people have been saying.   Plus, I know who the people are.   Even some of the newer guys I recognize and the ones who've been around longer I look forward to seeing their comments and even hold some of their words in high esteem. (Which may not be the best thing to do with what is essentially a bunch of fantasy fans with too much time on their hands).
That bolded bit encapsulates the whole thing. That made me laugh. There are a lot of places where something like that would make someone take offence, here I know it's meant as a gentle dig and it's funny.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Re: A Thank You to the Forum
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2017, 09:30:37 PM »
six decades of reading needs time and consideration before reply.

I agree ????
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