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    Simple question. What other message boards do you hit regularly?

    Additional Brain Points given for what the boards are like, what you like about them, etc.

    Speak your brains.

    -- W
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    THis is the only one, since I got rid of AOL a coupla years back. In all honesty I'm pretty new to this message board stuff, and signed up here because most posts make me laugh. I look forward to the everyone elses responses here, maybe there's other boards more up my alley
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      CommentAuthorfluffpot
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2008
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    /co, /an/, and every now and again /b/ . I am an image junkie.


    I continue to use LiveJournal like a massive message board. Other than that, nothing else.
    • CommentAuthorhelloMuller
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2008 edited
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    – P&P on a daily basis, because sometimes there's some interesting comic discussions going on, and the cover art thread is worth it alone.
    – MillarWorld, to get my daily dose of geek and chuckle at "is XXX better than XXX" discussions.
    – HumHum, a private forum that started out as a design related thing, but is now more of a free-for-all. The nicest thing is that almost everyone on there knows each other in real life as well.
    –QBN.com, a design portal/forum.
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      CommentAuthordynamine
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2008
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    i spent a couple of years on the vomitorium, which was a forum tied to beautydestroyed.com. i loved that forum for the massive differences in the people that posted there....we had spirited and smart discussions ranging from music, movies, books, to weird assed off-the-wall shit. there was a whole lot of assholes on there, too, but they were funny as hell assholes, so you know....

    i actually met a few of my long-term, real-life friends on there, which is still sort of a surprise.

    that was about 6 years ago now that i stopped going there....loads of young'uns started posting, and thusly pissing me off. the smarts just sort of went down the drain, quicklike.
    • CommentAuthorPK Hume
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2008
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    I lurk on Barbelith and rpg.net, but Whitechapel is the only place I post even occasionally. Barbelith started off as a Grant Morrison fan-community/analysis forum and spiraled out into something much more general; it seems to have gotten less active in the past couple of years. Rpg.net has a little signal to a lot of noise, but can be worth wading through for gamer-types.
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    I used to frequent a few message boards, but the only one that I'm active at is the one for G4tv. (Which I surprisingly can state with a straight face). Though the forum I frequent if filled with mindless banter, constant arguing and other bullshit I've been going to the forum since September '02. Many of the regulars in my section (the G4 Gamer's Lounge) have also been posting there for a long time - we're basically an old people's home. None of us are really sure why we still post there half the time.

    Other than that, I mainly just browse here in the shadows because I'm afraid of what might come out. That hole has ruined my ability to converse civilly with other people in any type of meaningful way.
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    Besides this one PanelandPixel is the next most used. I'm pretty quiet on P&P because it is geared towards creators and those wishing to be creators. I'm a consumer, not a creator, but I like to read and watch the process unfold. The blogs, art previews and discussions are interesting, not boring. Since it's based off the old Engine platform, it's a comfy fit (which I like). I've no issues with it, though it does have IMs turned on, but that's ok because has been useful on a few occasions.

    Next up in the Darkening Sky. Brain farts and longing about DOKTOR SLEEPLESS go there, as do discussion far beyond what gets put on any thread here. Everyone tears ideas apart, but so far no big problems among participants. Downside is, despite the amount of posting I do, I have no other controls in there (and I wish I did). Plenty of times I've wanted to send a mass email (or brain poke) to everyone, but it's not possible. Another major draw back is there is a finite limit to the amount of replies a reply can have. It's a PIA to have a thread die not for lack of energy, but for lack of space. Yeah, it can be restarted elsewhere, but you lose the momentum.

    Main ones. Back to this later - need to head to work.
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    The only other message board besides this and P&P that I visit regularly is the Image Comics board. Almost all of the creators are there and threads like Art Production Question and The Official Submissions Thread (under General Image Discussion) are really useful. Erik Larsen is surprisingly generous in these sections and will answer the most asinine of questions (which I never post or benefit from) that could more easily be googled. Larsen is even extremely tolerant of trolls (which are sometimes shockingly irreverent) and even seems to enjoy adding fuel to flamers (with hilarious results). Even I would ban some of these guys (see the Artwork bring on the Image Artwork thread for trolling that would never be tolerated ANYWHERE).

    There's even a meme on the Artwork bring on the Image Artwork thread: "You got the fin wrong."

    I mostly lurk the Image boards (as well as P&P) but they are certainly great places. The thing about message boards is that they are only as good as the people who visit and moderate them. These three boards are the only ones that keep bringing me back for more.
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    You know, I USED to be a Newsarama user - but the new hospital-white "techy" design I saw last time I checked is a tremendous turn-off. Add to that the place wasn't very interesting and I just kinda give up. So, the forums I'm usually at is this one and Darick Robertson's., a slow but interesting place. There is another I check, but it's Brazilian: Fórum Cinema em Cena, the community of an excellent Cinema website.

    I should find some additional forums to haunt, yes.
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      CommentAuthorEgon
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2008 edited
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    Other than here...

    Suicide Girls: I know some people from their LA HQ. The local chapters (SGLA, SGOC) have meet ups nearly every week and they're usually a lot of fun. Last night, for example, I attended a No Pants Party. Then they have forum groups that interest me. Comics, Film, Science Fiction and then specific tv shows and subcultures. Oh yeah. And they have boobies too.

    PunkNewsDotOrg: I'm getting older and don't go to shows as much as I want to. This site pretty much keeps my ear to the ground for new punk/indie bands. They put the squash on anonymous posting a while back, but oddly enough, their login always goofs on me and I'm one of a very select few that get listed as "Someone" rather than my handle of "OctEgon." There's a lot of hilarious one-upping in the comments sections too.

    Other than those, it gets pretty gray. There's LiveJournal, which is really just a blog site, but the more popular communities have a message board feel to them. Sites like grinding.be, comic book resources Coilhouse and io9 get dumped into my LJ's RSS feed.

    Lastly, I've just recently started checking out Darick Robertson's message board.
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      CommentAuthorLokiZero
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2008
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    I try and visit Panel and Pixel regularly, but it's hard to keep up.

    Other than that and this, my family has long running threads on Facebook.
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    I'm registered with Panel and Pixel but haven't been there in a while, and I usually try to skim/read parts of Ivan Brandon's board but I haven't gotten around to posting anything yet.
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    Typophile. For obvious reasons.
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    The only another message board that I usually read, the Spanish Cine-Clásico, a great source about silent and classic movies.
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      CommentAuthorjoe.distort
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2008 edited
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    ARIZONA HARDCORE-local hardcore message board, that is actually only about 50% music related these days. its also losing people fast now that theres no "interesting" drama and bullshit. most of us arent very nice on there, but its because we all know each other in real life. kinda like how its ok to be an asshole in real life to your close friends, haha

    STANDARD ATTRITIONthe vertigo board with david lapham, brian wood, jason aaron, willow wilson, azzerello, jock and cliff chiang. its pretty sparse, we need more people. and hey im a moderator now! seriously come over. we talk about music and sandwiches a lot.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2008
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    Omniverse One

    We're a science fiction worldbuilding forum that's been going for about eight years or so... of course, you can't tell at the moment, because we recently had to move sites and got almost all of out information lost, so now we're starting from scratch. I'm an administrator there, along with a kindly old Dutchman, and we rule over an odd but likable bunch of Americans, Filipinos, and a Rogue Scotsman.

    Each subforum is dedicated to a fictional universe written by one of our members, and each is moderated by that member. We've come up with some pretty good stuff in the past, though, again, we're still in the process of re-building.
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2008 edited
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    Just Forumopolis.

    EDIT: I go for my Extra Brain Points now! I pretty much go there first for everything; it's a very very broad-based community which I've been a part of for several years now. Always active, but getting a little stagnant of late. It started off as the message board for Scott Kurtz' "PVP" webcomic, but kind of metastasized into its own thing. People talk games, comics, movies, all sorts of shit.
    • CommentAuthorMyles
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2008
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    Until recently I've mostly just stuck to lurking. Now I hang around 4chan /co/ and Octo-Board. The latter is a message board for the webcomic Octopus-Pie. I like it because it's relatively new with a fairly small number of posters, as opposed to the older, more established forums where the atmosphere feels more fixed in place and the higher amounts of users means that whenever I read a thread everything of relevance has already been said by others.
    • CommentAuthorJo
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2008
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    I used to frequent a few private boards (one run by a college friend; one run by Jigsaw, mostly slowed-out now; and one run by cocktail snobs in NYC, now defunct, though some of the same people went on to become Loungerati). Now I mostly just hang out over here in Warrentown. I check in on a few lindy-hop-specific boards, just to keep track of events and faraway friends in the dance community, but I rarely post.

    In terms of technical guts, all these were/are phpBB boards, with the exception of Jigsaw Fanclub, which runs on Beehive. So far, I like Vanilla better.