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Title: The Flashlight Emporium... Forever gone?
Post by: [MOD-BOT] on August 12, 2013, 05:27:01 AM
I just noticed that TFE is in maintenance mode, so I'm guessing it will become defunct soon?
Title: Re: The Flashlight Emporium... Forever gone?
Post by: Spasmod on August 12, 2013, 02:15:53 PM
Yeah the original site will soon be defunct unfortunately but we own the TFE domain name so will redirect it to here instead.

While I don't want to speak badly about Createaforum because after all without those guys we wouldn't have been where we are today with the knowledge to build a new site like this with our own server. The problem was the massive restrictions of being able to build and grow unhindered. We did consider their ultimate plan but it's a bit too costly and still didn't give us the control we need.

The final nail in the coffin was that there was no getting away from the Ten or so tracking cookies imposed when visiting a Createaforum site which I'm fundamentally against.

So this is we we are today. The reason behind the domain name change is not because we didn't love our flashlight emporium domain but because we have something else up our sleeves planned which will all make sense later down the road :)

I hope you like the new site and find it works much faster than the old one. I've already noticed the big improvement in overall speed.

Cheers

Spas
Title: Re: The Flashlight Emporium... Forever gone?
Post by: [MOD-BOT] on August 12, 2013, 06:37:35 PM
I do like it, one question though...
For all your work, did you ever consider. vB4?

Title: Re: The Flashlight Emporium... Forever gone?
Post by: Spasmod on August 12, 2013, 06:45:23 PM
I do like it, one question though...
For all your work, did you ever consider. vB4?

We definitely did consider it and I do like the options and fantastic customize abilities but with a $300+ price tag it was a little out of our reach. I'm looking failry intently at Xenforo though which seems pretty nice and about 1/3rd of the price :)
Title: The Flashlight Emporium... Forever gone?
Post by: [MOD-BOT] on August 12, 2013, 06:48:07 PM
Okay, well if you have a PayPal account, I'm sure a couple people such as I could donate for it.
That's the catch really, a massive forum with massive features with a massive price, or a good forum with good features for a good price, or a free forum with no features for a no-price...
Title: Re: The Flashlight Emporium... Forever gone?
Post by: Spasmod on August 12, 2013, 11:33:16 PM
Okay, well if you have a PayPal account, I'm sure a couple people such as I could donate for it.
That's the catch really, a massive forum with massive features with a massive price, or a good forum with good features for a good price, or a free forum with no features for a no-price...

Thanks for the kind offer though I do actually like this SMF software, it's very customizable though it's not immediately apparent if there's not a Modification that fits your needs.

For example, I thought the fonts in posts were too small and it took me some time to figure out how to change 'Just' the post fonts without affecting the entire forum :D

They're much easier to read now though :)

The possibilities are immense, it's just not that easy compared with inbuilt features of other packages.
Title: Re: The Flashlight Emporium... Forever gone?
Post by: Spasmod on August 17, 2013, 03:46:40 PM
Just a quick word of warning regarding your .TK domain

We also used a .TK domain initially only to find out it was a scam. What they do is wait for your site to start generating traffic, once it does they will then take your domain away and replace it with a placeholder page for various advertisments.

It doesn't happen to everyone but it happened to us and it was a huge pain at the time.
Title: Re: The Flashlight Emporium... Forever gone?
Post by: [MOD-BOT] on August 18, 2013, 05:04:09 AM
Just a quick word of warning regarding your .TK domain

We also used a .TK domain initially only to find out it was a scam. What they do is wait for your site to start generating traffic, once it does they will then take your domain away and replace it with a placeholder page for various advertisments.

It doesn't happen to everyone but it happened to us and it was a huge pain at the time.

I've heard about this, Spasmod.
I'm pretty sure I won't be getting as much traffic as you guys, however if the evitable happens, I will just create a new one.

I mainly use my forums for fun, I don't expect them to get popular or for actual use.

Thanks for thinking of it though.



Cheers!
Title: Re: The Flashlight Emporium... Forever gone?
Post by: Chloe on August 28, 2013, 04:33:29 AM
Will links to TFE automatically redirect to here?

I noticed some places still link to TFE and the maintenance mode page doesn't redirect or have a clickable url for this forum.
Title: Re: The Flashlight Emporium... Forever gone?
Post by: [MOD-BOT] on August 28, 2013, 03:01:25 PM
Will links to TFE automatically redirect to here?

I noticed some places still link to TFE and the maintenance mode page doesn't redirect or have a clickable url for this forum.

This is actually a good idea, however it does cost money to have a .com domain, therefore they will either need to keep paying for it, or it will go bye bye.
Title: Re: The Flashlight Emporium... Forever gone?
Post by: Spasmod on August 28, 2013, 10:25:01 PM
Yeah in a couple of days (if not sooner) the flashlightemporium domain will redirect to here :)

Would have been sooner but Johnny reminded me about an email I must have deleted :D
Title: Re: The Flashlight Emporium... Forever gone?
Post by: MRsDNF on August 28, 2013, 10:32:48 PM
I haven't heard that one before. I must remember it. A deleted email. :)
Title: Re: The Flashlight Emporium... Forever gone?
Post by: Spasmod on August 28, 2013, 10:52:42 PM
I haven't heard that one before. I must remember it. A deleted email. :)
  ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Flashlight Emporium... Forever gone?
Post by: Chloe on August 29, 2013, 06:21:48 AM
Is it weird I think of this forum as "TFE" even though it's a different name now?
Title: Re: The Flashlight Emporium... Forever gone?
Post by: MRsDNF on August 29, 2013, 07:10:40 AM
Have a few drinks Chloe. I seem to forget a lot of things this way.  ;)
Title: Re: The Flashlight Emporium... Forever gone?
Post by: [MOD-BOT] on August 29, 2013, 11:13:13 AM
Is it weird I think of this forum as "TFE" even though it's a different name now?

Yes, yes it is.(http://i1279.photobucket.com/albums/y540/enforceritsnot/C93DD494-978D-48CD-9C6C-25F5403B29AB-41564-00001A58F5D268EF_zpsd95fb994.jpg)
Title: Re: The Flashlight Emporium... Forever gone?
Post by: Spasmod on August 29, 2013, 12:10:49 PM
Is it weird I think of this forum as "TFE" even though it's a different name now?

Haha nope not weird at all!.. you won't believe how many time I wrote flashlightemporium instead of theflashlightforum. There were many occasions where I had to start over when building something on the server :D

First was the Database, then the mail server and more than once on the Forum software  :-X
Title: Re: The Flashlight Emporium... Forever gone?
Post by: ChibiM on September 17, 2013, 02:33:09 PM
Ah.. I haven`t logged in for a while.. and now I see it changed to TheFlashlightForum..
which I think sounds better than Emporium.. but thats just me.

also i noticed that only 1 of my posts I made is still left.... pity...
Title: Re: The Flashlight Emporium... Forever gone?
Post by: JohnnyMac on September 17, 2013, 04:44:04 PM
Yeah, sorry about that, Chibi.  We tried to save as many of the posts as we could but in the end we couldn't get them all and had to focus on original thread posts.  On the bright side, you get to make more new posts so you can catch back up to where you were. ;)

"which I think sounds better than Emporium.. but thats just me"

Nah...not just you.  That's one of the reasons we changed it.  I felt "emporium" sounded more like a store than a forum site and once I found that "theflashlightforum.com" was available I convinced Spas it made more sense.  In all fairness it wasn't too hard to convince him.  The only problem with the move is we lost a lot of traction in building up the forum and are basically starting fresh.  In time things should pick up and surpass what we had before we changed from TFE to TFF.
Title: Re: The Flashlight Emporium... Forever gone?
Post by: Chloe on September 17, 2013, 07:01:52 PM
I'm used to TFF now.  :D

It is a curious word, emporium.

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em·po·ri·um
[em-pawr-ee-uhm, -pohr-]
noun, plural em·po·ri·ums, em·po·ri·a [em-pawr-ee-uh, -pohr-] .
1.
a large retail store, especially one selling a great variety of articles.
2.
a place, town, or city of important commerce, especially a principal center of trade: New York is one of the world's great emporiums.
Origin:
1580–90; < Latin < Greek empórion market, emporium, equivalent to émporos merchant, orig. traveler, passenger (em- em-2 + póros passage, voyage; compare en pórōi on a voyage, en route) + -ion noun suffix of place