The Death of the Underground   3 comments

Happy September, everyone! Little late again in posting, but hey, at least it’s not another month gone, right? I’ve been wanting to post this for awhile, but I kept getting sidetracked, so here it finally is.

A few months back, the first forum I ever joined bit the dust. And on the anniversary of my fourth year on there, too.

In a way, it was to be expected. The forum had been hacked numerous times and was consistently plagued with problems, but with its official demise, it’s still saddening. The Underground may have been a small forum, but it was clean and most of the members on there were fairly decent. It was also the first public site I began to post my writing on, and ultimately, provided the stepping stone towards me becoming a published author. Sadly, now, it is no more. While there is a backup forum one of the members created, it is not the same. The activity on there is next to nil, and most I believe won’t even know it exists, as they would look for the one first associated with the series of the book the forum was named after. In a way, I can’t help feeling that the owners of the forum, Christopher Hopper and Wayne Thomas Batson, are to blame. It’s not like they did not know what was going on and could have invested a little money into making the site more secure. Instead, they did nothing.
While everyone was told that the site was going to be moved, it never happened. Months went by with no word on what was going on, until at last the UG disappeared. And of course, the authors aren’t doing anything about it. Everyone is supposed now to shuttle off to the alternate forum that one of the members had to start, but again, it’s not the same. The place is practically like a tomb. I guess when you’re a big author and people are following you across most social networks, it’s not necessary to really take care of the stuff you start for your readers. It’s sad to say it, but it seems that’s how it is.

Still, I have my memories of the place, good ones, that I will always cherish. God used it in a big way for me, because it really was the kicking off point for my writing career. And for that, I will always look on the Underground with fondness.

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Posted September 9, 2015 by J.M. Christian in Random Thoughts

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  1. Which alternate Underground are you looking at? heedtheprophecies.proboards.com is the one most of us are at. It’s maybe not quite as active as the original UG, but there are five threads that have been posted on at least once within the last hour.

  2. I think that part of the difficulty with the new Underground is that most of the original members are all older now. I’m graduated and working a job, as well as trying to finish and publish several books. Life tends to keep us older ones busy, and we don’t have many young members after the death of the First Underground, nor will we receive many more since the series is no longer being published. But I, for one, still have a special place in my heart for the UG and the people I knew there. You don’t find friendships like that very often, even in real life. It’s pretty incredible that enough of us banded together to form the new UG, if you ask me. Most other forums would have fallen apart completely.

    As for the authors, I don’t blame them. As adults with families to take care of and livings to make, it’s understandable to me that they would let the forum go. They did try several things to make it more secure, but I think it must have been privately funded and thus difficult to maintain. (I don’t know that for sure, but that’s the impression I got.)
    Anyway, it is a pity. The original UG was one of the best looking forums I’ve ever seen.

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