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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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ScaRZ
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Where did all the Open Minds Forum members go?

Post by ScaRZ on Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:27 am

I was going to post in the "Where did all the Open Minds Forum members go?" thread but I guess you don't want me in there.

First and foremost you need to make things available for "All" to participate in. I absolutely despise clicking and only a handful can comment.

If you want answers then free it up for everyone,not just "Special" members......."Whatever the heck that means."

If you really are interested in building things up,then don't tie members hands behind their backs in taking part. That in my opinion isn't needed in any of the sections and threads. I can see having a section for The Admins to lay out the Rules or Special Announcements,but the remaining sections should be free for "All" members to post in.
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Re: Where did all the Open Minds Forum members go?

Post by Jake Reason on Sat Oct 20, 2012 11:07 am

Thank you ScaRZ, I had no idea that the thread posting permissions were improperly set. As a co-admin I would not have encountered this while surfing the forum. And I can assure you that the other admins would never set these permissions on purpose. It truly was an error oversight.

I will re-set all threads today, to allow posting by any member in any thread, save for the "admin announcements" thread.

Thanks again for bringing this to our attention.
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Re: Where did all the Open Minds Forum members go?

Post by Jake Reason on Sat Oct 20, 2012 11:23 am

OK, done!

There were 3 threads that were somehow set to allow only "groups" to post in them. Don't ask me what "groups" mean, because I don't even know Cool

The permissions are now set to allow all "members" to post.

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Re: Where did all the Open Minds Forum members go?

Post by Admin on Sat Oct 20, 2012 1:26 pm

Hey guys, yes my apologies on that. This section of the forum was one of the first I constructed and I was still learning how to work everything. The difficulty with posting was just an oversight like Jake said. Thank you Jake for fixing that. Again sorry about that ScaRZ. Please feel free to post.


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Re: Where did all the Open Minds Forum members go?

Post by ScaRZ on Sun Oct 21, 2012 7:48 am

Thanks Jake and Admin for taking care of that. I want to apologize for getting a little worked up over it. I only know how I feel when I try to post here or other forums and I can't have access. OM is now just in a rebirth stage and if people join and can't take part, or must send PM's to access certain areas they may never come back.
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Re: Where did all the Open Minds Forum members go?

Post by Admin on Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:39 am

Thank you ScaRZ. Hopefully we got the problem fixed for everyone in a timely enough manner. This forum is very different in many ways than the old proboards one. Some things about it are huge improvements, whilst others are less utilitarian and are more complicated. It's been a bit of a learning process.


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Re: Where did all the Open Minds Forum members go?

Post by Jake Reason on Sun Oct 21, 2012 12:02 pm

Admin wrote:This forum is very different in many ways than the old proboards one. Some things about it are huge improvements, whilst others are less utilitarian and are more complicated. It's been a bit of a learning process.
Yes. With proboards, I had grown to whiz my way through all admin functions. This forum's controls have a few extras. And with the different program format, it'll take some getting used to.




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Re: Where did all the Open Minds Forum members go?

Post by jacky374 on Thu Oct 31, 2013 5:26 am

There were 3 threads that were somehow set to allow only "groups" to post in them. Don't ask me what "groups" mean, because I don't even know Cool


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Re: Where did all the Open Minds Forum members go?

Post by Cyrellys on Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:36 am

jacky374 wrote:There were 3 threads that were somehow set to allow only "groups" to post in them. Don't ask me what "groups" mean, because I don't even know  Cool
Welcome jacky374,

Yes we fixed that issue a year ago.  Feel free to post.  There are several long running conversations on OMF at this time, you're welcome to contribute to them.

The original forum contents are currently in the process of some reconstruction, and portions are available via the menu at top left of the screen under OMF Archive I, II, and III.  One of the tech team is currently working on that as his time allows.

If you have facebook access, there is also some activity on the Facebook Page for Open Minds Forum.  Again you may find the link in the left hand menu.

You are also welcome to start a blog here if you like.  A blog may be contained in the blogging thread bottom of the Index page or you may have one set up like my own.  Just let me know if you prefer the latter.  In the latter the first post becomes the Blog intro as you can see on mine.

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