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Where did all the Open Minds Forum members go?

Fri Oct 19, 2012 12:29 pm by Admin

With Open Minds Forum restored now for almost half a year at it's new location with forumotion.com we can now turn to look at reaching out to OMF's original members who have not yet returned home. OMF's original membership was over 6,000 members strong, prior to the proboards suspension, according to the rolls of the time. We can probably safely assume that some of those accounts were unidentified socks. If we were to assume a reasonable guess of maybe as many as 30% possible sock accounts then that would leave potentially somewhere between 4800 to 4900 possible real members to locate. That is still a substantial number of people.

Who were all these people? Some were average individuals with common interests in ufology, exopolitics, globalism, corruption, earthchanges, science and technology, and a variety of other interests. Some just enjoyed being part of a vibrant and unusually interesting community. Others were representative of various insider groups participating in observation and outreach projects, while still others were bonafide intelligence community personnel. All with stake in the hunt for truth in one fashion or another. Some in support of truth, and communication. Others seeking real disclosure and forms of proof. And others highly skeptical of anything or limited subjects. The smallest division of membership being wholly anti-disclosure oriented.

So where did these members vanish to? They had many options. There are almost innumerable other forums out there on the topics of UFO's or Exopolitics, the Unexplained, and Conspiracy Theory. Did they disappear into the world-wide network of forum inhabitants? Did some go find new homes on chatrooms or individual blogs? Did they participate in ufo conventions or other public events and gatherings? How about those who represented groups in special access? Or IC and military observers? Those with academic affiliations? Where did they all go and what would be the best way to reach out and extend an invitation to return?

And what constitutes a situation deserving of their time and participation? Is the archive enough? How exactly do people within the paradigm most desire to define a community? Is it amenities, humanity or simply population size for exposure? Most of the special guests have been emailed and have expressed that population size for exposure is what most motivates them. But not all. Long-time member Dan Smith has other priorities and values motivating his participation. Should this open opportunities for unattached junior guests who have experience and dialog to contribute to the world? How best to make use of OMF's time, experience and resources?

Many skeptics would like to see the historical guardian of discourse opportunity to just up and disappear; go into permanent stasis. They think that not everyone has a right to speak about their experiences and if there is no proof involved then there can philosophically be no value to discourse. I personally would respectfully disagree with them. Discourse has always been the prelude to meaningful relationships and meaningful mutual relationships have always been the prelude to exchanges of proof. In a contentious social environment with regards to communication vs disclosure how do we best re-establish a haven for those preludes? Is it only the "if we build it they will come" answer? Well considering OMF has been largely fully functional over the last four or five months this line of reasoning is not necessarily true. So what would be the best way re-establish this? Your suggestions are sought. Please comment.





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Open Minds Forum - Forum Appearance

Post by Admin on Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:09 pm

Announcing OMF Appearance Overhaul!

This notice is to let everyone know I have some time to work on the forum's appearance. The plan is to change the color scheme to one easier on the eyes.

Yes the fluorescent pink is planned for retirement!

Bear with me everyone. I'm not the fastest at webmastering these sorts of matters. You will notice changes beginning to occur and I will try to keep everything readable as I go about it.

@Guests: We have entertained the pink look as part of a trial match to the original star field background which was originally a hubble telescope photo. But experience has found the wild coloring to be tough long term on the eyes for the reader and frequent poster so we are going to move on to a quieter color scheme.

The forum will evolve into this over a course of a few days as a workable scheme is compiled. This may include alterations to the logo posted at the top of the forum.

Thank you to everyone for your patience in this effort.

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Re: Open Minds Forum - Forum Appearance

Post by Jake Reason on Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:24 am

There has been recent updates to the Forum Software by the "Forumotion" owners.

As a result Members see changes in the posting box and editing options.  Below are links to detailed information about these Software Updates:

Mobile improvements and copyright protections

http://help.forumotion.com/t120827-new-updates-upgrade-of-the-toolbar-and-improvement-of-the-mobile-version

New Editor Posting Box
http://help.forumotion.com/t124616-new-editor-for-forumotion-forums
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Re: Open Minds Forum - Forum Appearance

Post by Cyrellys on Sun Dec 24, 2017 5:06 pm

As of December 2017 I have altered the process of New User 'Sign Up' aka 'Create Account' to be automatic.

This is due to recent difficulties prospective new members have had getting an account going. We will try this and see if the improvement is not too much of an improvement! It will at least resolve the problem as it currently stands.

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