I received several emails from members of the LG15 community asking that we “turn on posting” in the old phpBB lonelygirl15 forum. Thanks for emailing, I didn’t know that this was something you wanted and I appreciate your feedback. It’s actually good timing because we have some exciting announcements about LG15 coming very soon. It’s been a long and bumpy road for all of us, but I hope that you can open up your hearts and give LG15 a chance to win you back. I miss the old days just like you and I hope this community can flourish again.
Cutting to the chase, we are happy to turn on the phpBB forum for you guys. We just changed the settings so you should be able to login and post right now. Unfortunately, we’re getting SQL errors from new user registration, so we can’t turn that feature on. The old forum is on our old servers and we don’t have the resources to support those servers or code. This was why we turned the forum off in the first place, but I understand your desire to continue using it and we’re happy to provide the functionality that is currently available.
I also want you to know that I appreciate your concerns and I have no problem admitting my mistakes. Inside the company we encourage each other to talk openly about our mistakes so that we can analyze them, learn from them, and do a better job the second time around. So, I’m happy to admit to my mistakes publicly. Here you go:
We shouldn’t have launched such an immature software product on LG15.com unless we had the resources to add features and upgrade it. Unfortunately we immediately had to work on Harper’s and that work didn’t transfer back to LG15 “automatically” like I wanted it to. I’m sorry.
We shouldn’t have shut down the phpBB forum considering that the new software wasn’t up to par. I’m sorry.
We should be better about communicating with you guys, our first and most loyal fans. Again, I’m sorry.
Here is our plan for LG15 going forward. It’s not perfect, but it’s the best we can do given our resources. I hope these actions help move us towards mending this broken community.
We will be re-launching LG15.com on the newest version of our servers and software within the next couple months. It will feature new forums, profile pages, and publishing just like you’ve experienced on Harper’s Globe and Level 26. It will continue to be upgraded along with all of our other websites. Unfortunately because of changes to the underlying database structure we will NOT be able to port user data from the current LG15 site. This means that comments on “LG15: The Resistance” and “LG15: The Last,” discussion threads in the new Resistance/Last forums, and photos/board posts on profile pages WILL NOT be integrated seamlessly on the new site. You WILL be able to login to the new site with your same email/password just like you can across all EQAL sites, and create new profile pages and connect your YouTube, Twitter, and FB accounts. This was not an easy decision. However, we felt that it was better to get a new site up rather than continue “indefinitely” on the old software.
When we launch the new site, we’ll preserve the current LG15 site in an “archived” state, and at some point in the future we will integrate it into the new site. This includes the “lonelygirl15,” “KateModern,” “LG15: The Resistance,” and “LG15: The Last” comments/profiles/forums/etc. For the sake of clarity, ALL LG15 CONTENT that is currently online will stay online and remain visible, this includes the newly reopened phpBB forum.
Greg and I are going to make a concerted effort to be better about communicating with you guys about what we’re doing with LG15. We aren’t perfect and sometimes we get incredibly busy with everything that we are doing with EQAL, but we understand the need for better communication and will do a better job.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, we have some exciting announcements about the LG15 Universe coming out really soon. I know that the lonelygirl15 community is what got us our start and I intend on helping it to grow over time. It will take some time, and I know it’s been a rocky path, but hopefully you can give us a chance. Trust me, the past few years have not been easy for us either. It’s difficult because we can’t always tell you what’s going on internally, but we have been working like maniacs over the past few years to help turn this hobby into an industry so that all independent content creators like ourselves will benefit.
August 16th, 2009 at 7:21 pm
Thanks guys, appreciate the positive comments and the feedback. trainer101, the phpBB forum will stay up after the new site is up. QtheC, I agree with your thoughts, we are planning on continuing original content production in some capacity, just not sure exactly what/when but stay on the lookout. cg, I am not sure where Phorum 1.0 is at this point. I think that the data was on old servers that we no longer use, and it might be gone forever (which is a real shame if that’s the case, I know). At some point we’ll look for it and see.