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Re: Carcassonne Central's New Owners
« Reply #60 on: January 23, 2022, 12:15:29 PM »
…might it be possible to setup some kind of Patreon or similar…
Yes!  How can we all help?

Also thanks to Dan, Tom, & Hector.  Very grateful.

Your tireless enthusiasm & patience, to say nothing of knowledge, are inspiring.

Great diversity of skill & interest among the 3 of you as well.

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Re: Carcassonne Central's New Owners
« Reply #61 on: January 23, 2022, 12:33:08 PM »
Regarding the financial expense of running the site, might it be possible to setup some kind of Patreon or similar so that users can contribute? So the financial weight can be shared rather than borne by just one which seems to have been the case in the past/currently?

Thanks for your kind and thoughtful words cicerunner. We have considered a few things in this vein, but since it's conception Carcassonne Central has always been free for anyone to be part of, and we've never segregated our community (except those few who know of the secret forums.... ssssh). I think if we were to accept donations, or patronage, we would have to offer something in return, and we're not entirely sure what that would be as of yet.  We're very grateful for the consideration though!

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I should also add, and reiterate what I said above. The enuthisam of this forum is really what drives us. So seeing people's contributions, however small, even the occasional thank you, is often more than enough to keep us happy  :D
« Last Edit: January 23, 2022, 12:35:58 PM by Decar »

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Re: Carcassonne Central's New Owners
« Reply #62 on: January 23, 2022, 04:18:40 PM »
Congratulations Dan, Tom, & Hector. Carcassonne Central is in good hands.

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Re: Carcassonne Central's New Owners
« Reply #63 on: January 24, 2022, 12:52:05 AM »
Thanks Kirk!

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Re: Carcassonne Central's New Owners
« Reply #64 on: January 24, 2022, 04:02:03 AM »
Thank you guys!

Never imagined such a positive feedback! ;D
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Re: Carcassonne Central's New Owners
« Reply #65 on: January 24, 2022, 04:16:16 AM »
Don't worry, we'll start annoying you soon enough ;)
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Re: Carcassonne Central's New Owners
« Reply #66 on: January 25, 2022, 04:41:06 AM »
Congratulations Dan, Tom and Hector!
Carcassonne Central has a bright future with such a team.

And of course: lots of thanks to "the old team".

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Re: Carcassonne Central's New Owners
« Reply #67 on: January 27, 2022, 04:04:52 PM »
Well! Specially logged in for this after couple of years.
Congratulations and good luck! CC was an amazing place for me for years! So glad to hear this still continues after such a long time!
Cheers

There's another name I miss seeing! Hope all's well with you and your brothers SRBO! :) :(y)
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Re: Carcassonne Central's New Owners
« Reply #68 on: February 02, 2022, 05:57:48 AM »
I see the admins and owners have new username colors. Am I right to believe this was made to make the names less eye-searing when looking at the page?
And is there some kind of guide to these username colors? I understandthat dark red are administratorrs, but what exactly does Decar's green represent? Simply an owner?
« Last Edit: February 02, 2022, 06:02:34 AM by DIN0 »

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Re: Carcassonne Central's New Owners
« Reply #69 on: February 02, 2022, 06:09:55 AM »
I'm just making some tweaks now.

I have lessened the red for administrators - I hope that's more tolerable.
Dark Green - matches the Owner Badge.  I'm not entirely sure it's necessary to distinguish any user this way to be honest.

There is somewhere that lists the descriptions of each group, but I'm not entirely sure if you're able to see it without being an admin.  I'll have a look and get back to you.

But so you know:
Owners : Dan, Hector, and myself. - Basically Admins
Administrators: Scott - Administrators have more functional control over the forum.
Global Moderators: Kettlefish and Whaley - They can moderate posts, split/merge topics and move posts around.
Authors—Previously given to forum members who make fan expansions, but this may include other such works.

There are some other that are less frequently seen, reserved for significant, and legendary members of the forum.

We're open to suggestions for others, so long as they are easily managed.

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Re: Carcassonne Central's New Owners
« Reply #70 on: February 02, 2022, 07:10:53 AM »
haha, then the website needs catching up with reality, again  ;)

(I know I'm a nuisance  >:D)

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Re: Carcassonne Central's New Owners
« Reply #71 on: February 02, 2022, 07:40:00 AM »
This is to do with their profile settings and which role someone prioritizes as their primary!

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Re: Carcassonne Central's New Owners
« Reply #72 on: February 02, 2022, 07:48:34 AM »
There are some other that are less frequently seen, reserved for significant, and legendary members of the forum.


I've seen some here and there, some Legends and Founding Members; i think there are some very great Badges around!

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Re: Carcassonne Central's New Owners
« Reply #73 on: February 04, 2022, 02:08:58 PM »
Hello everyone, your rarely-seen original founder here.  :yellow-meeple:

In the original opening post of this thread, you see some of the history of CC. It's true, the BGG owners answered none of my inquiries, and because I'm an impulsive, just-do-it-myself kind of guy, I started Carcassonne Central. Matt Harper was indeed instrumental in the beginning, and without him I would have never moved from the idea to the execution. Thank you Matt for that. I had all sorts of ideas, some of which are still seen on the site now, but I'm even more amazed at how the members and volunteers have stepped up to the plate with some incredible activities here. This has truly become more than just a "rules & questions" site. It's the hub and heart of the Carcassonne community and it continues to thrive.

I was and still am not the best technical administrator of this forum software. It requires more expertise to run that I ever had, and our first serious issue that forced us to abandon the original forums was heartbreaking. I worked with the forum software developers and it looked like the issue was unrecoverable due to some Unicode database issue. I didn't know if CC would survive, but it did. I had Scott help in our earlier days, turns out he lived only half an hour from me, we both live in the Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada. We met once for coffee, though unfortunately his life became busier as many of ours do and he spent less time here. A lot of other people stepped up to the plate as admins and moderators, a few no longer regulars but great to see many have posted in this thread. A big shoutout to Scott, Carcking, kettlefish, Tacita, Whaleyland, Joff, Bixby, MrNumbers, Meepledrone... the list goes on and I haven't forgotten any of you but there are a lot to list. A big thank you to all of you for your contributions over the years.

A few technical backstories for you. I created the graphics for the site, and I'm no graphic artist I assure you. But I managed to find a font that looked just like the game's font and used that in our title. As well, you'll notice how you and everyone has a title below your profile name in your posts (ie Labourer, Duke, Vagabond etc), well I thought it would be a fun thing to increase people's contributions by awarding them these titles. There is definitely no order or relation between all of the titles from a historical perspective, I made that up and it's just for fun and I think it adds to the fun of being a member as you reach higher and higher (there are 23 levels in all). I also liked the idea of earning badges for special members that are also shown under your names on posts, so I created these myself (again, I'm no artist and I realize they're very cartoony). Perhaps some day the look and branding of the forums will be updated and improved upon and I look forward to seeing that. Can you guess who the #2 member was? Hint, it wasn't Matt. I'll reveal it a bit later. Finally, at one point back in our history, we were actually the 1 millionth largest website in the world. Pretty amazing considering how the web has grown and now there are over 1.92 billion as of Feb 2022.

We all have lives outside of our numerous internet personas. Sometimes I reveal my real name and contact information, other times I just want to be my persona. In case anyone is wondering where I came up with the name Gantry, I wanted to be an astronaut as a kid and instead of picking some astronaut hero's name, I picked gantry because it is a small but critical piece of a rocket launching tower. Good a name as any. Some of the admins and moderators know my real name, but I'm not going to share that with you just as some of you choose to not share your own, and I hope we can all respect that. One of the things that really amazes me is that, despite the decline of forums and growth of more instant forms of communication, we continue to survive. The reason for this is that we've embraced those other types of social media forms, not avoided them. There is a business marketing lesson in there somewhere.

I also want to address one key difference between Carc Central and BGG: annoying ads. My original goal was to keep the site ad-free, and free for users. Early on we did have a small ad banner across the top, but that did not last long. I never wanted anyone to see ads in between posts. There were a few times throughout the past where, for financial reasons, I felt that the cost of running the site would be helped by a few ads running and although I brought it up, we never implemented them. The benefit to you is a clean experience with no annoying ads. If the new owners decide to monetize the site in any way, I'm hoping they carry on this tradition and look for alternative ways. I think it's one of the advantages to CC.

Oh, and the #2 member? Meeplebot, my test user. Nice little fellow, rarely makes an appearance but if he does make sure to say hello!

I'm very humbled that so many of you not only joined us, but stayed. I am also very humbled at the thank yous I've received, but I feel that I've let so many of you down not only with the outages (some lasting unacceptably long) but also by my lack of participation. Suffice it to say, work and serious family health challenges over the years have taken a lot of my attention away, and for that let me say I'm truly sorry. I had been thinking that you, our members, deserved better, so I told a few of the admins I was going to shut down the site because I couldn't continue to care for it. Actually, I knew it wouldn't come to that :) not because I wanted to give up on it but because I knew so many people cared enough to not give up on it. I am so very happy that the new owners can give it the care and attention that I never could. Carcassonne Central is in good hands now. See you around :)
« Last Edit: February 04, 2022, 02:30:34 PM by gantry »

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Re: Carcassonne Central's New Owners
« Reply #74 on: February 04, 2022, 02:20:03 PM »
Good to hear from you Gantry. I live even closer now!


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