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Posted 20 November 2009 - 02:52 PM

Nine years. It's a long time for anything really - a dog, a pie, a relationship, but even more so when you're talking about the web. If I was the kind of guy who did research, I'd put together a list of famous websites that AKPCEP.com predates, but I'm not. I imagine it's quite a few.

In those nine years, the web hasn't really changed. The people on the net have changed, maybe the demographic has changed slightly away from the geek and towards your mom and pop, but I think it's been a few major game-changers that have shifted people away from the traditional "online community" as we used to know it.

With the advent of Facebook, people are now more interested in hanging out online with people they already know offline. MySpace is where you can find new music, and post pictures of your high-contrast cleavage if you feel inclined. Twitter has shown that the fast-food mentality can also apply to web pages, and a few newsworthy instances of mob mentality have given it some kind of legitimacy. Compare Twitter with the Chat Board on the right hand side of AKPCEP.com and the only difference is that the chat board lets you post more than 140 characters. Oh and it doesn't have millions of users.

Mainly though, I think people have just become less inclined to talk with people about things, and more talking at people about themselves. Status updates, tweets, blog postings tend to be by and large self-aggrandising, narcissistic affairs. There's no real dialogue beyond "LOL" after that.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not some kind of luddite, I heartily accept and welcome the net's maturing into a platform where everyone has a voice, not just the select few who've learned Perl or PHP and can make a website. It's just a shame that 99.9% of people using that voice have nothing to say.

On top of that, life gets in the way. AKPCEP.com's trusted and loyal membership has been dwindling slowly since it's heyday as people grow up, get married, have kids or indeed find something more interesting to do, and more power to them.

Add to this my own inherent laziness and it's not hard to see why AKPCEP.com's days were always numbered. I had this fantasy that I would build it, and they would come, and I could be a silent onlooker reading hundreds of quality posts every day. It turns out it doesn't really work like that and the absentee landlord isn't much of a recommendation for a site that's supposed to be built on interactivity.

The site still gets plenty of traffic, but very little actual contribution. If it was an online shop, the conversion rate would be a fraction of a percent, and it would be taken out back and shot.

So why shut down? The site doesn't cost me anything to run, as it's just sat on my VPS using a minimal amount of resources. The question should be - why keep it up? It just serves to remind me of the good times when the place was rammed with enough people to keep it ticking over nicely, people made friends and enemies, people created stuff and shared it. Now it's just a lonely, empty shell. A bit like a supermarket in a zombie movie. It's quite depressing.

I don't know when I'm going to pull the plug, sometime fairly soon I think. I'd like to thank everyone who's used the site over the years, from the people who've racked up thousands of posts, to those who only posted once. I think this site has left a legacy - one of the things I'm most proud of is that we've had at least one marriage and at least one baby from people meeting here. That makes me proud, and I think also an uncle.

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

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Posted 26 November 2009 - 02:46 PM

View PostSpooky, on 26 November 2009 - 11:45 AM, said:

Said Ay Kay Pee Cee Ee Pee
when addressed properly, poshly
But secretly,
you were always
Ay-Kep
to me.

Nine years in the making
We're maybe internet famous-
in the end only Copperman's brain may retain us.

I'll say no more, C'est la vie.


.K


I shall miss you most of all Spookster. You and cauchy3.
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Posted 03 December 2009 - 09:27 PM

I feel like I've been kicked in the nuts. IN THE NUTS ALEXANDER!

I'd rather you just let the site slowly die and rot than actually take it offline. The occasional stench of decaying php would be enough to keep me going. Just knowing AKPCEP is around gives me feel that warm fuzzy feeling inside.

AKpCEP 4 LIFE
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Posted 03 December 2009 - 10:10 PM

Interesting - you're the only person who's said anything other than along the lines of "well, it was good while it lasted, but I agree it doesn't really have any relevance anymore and it should remain as a nostalgia piece".
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Posted 04 December 2009 - 08:23 AM

I'm always right.
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Posted 04 December 2009 - 08:28 AM

Also I checked out that sound of glass site you've got going on. Quite fun. You should make it into a movie. You'd make MILLIONS at the box office. MILLIONS!!!

(I'll take some of the millions since I knew you once on the internet)
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Posted 04 December 2009 - 08:50 AM

Millions you say? Well that would be quite good. I can imagine Leonardo DiCaprio starring as me, and Rab C Nesbitt could play you.
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Posted 05 December 2009 - 03:14 PM

Funnily enough I actually know rab c in the real life... ol' mr fisher. His daughter is proper fit. He would make an awesome me. Leo would make a great you. I think he's in the closet still too.

Seriously though the glass site thing is entertaining, and if I wasn't so lazy I'd read the whole thing.
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Posted 07 December 2009 - 12:49 AM

I wondered when this day would come. I felt it drawing nigh for some time.
As nostalgic as I am about the site I understand.

However, for those wanting to check in with one another, what about making a group on Facebook, just to say an occasional hello or see what's up?
I realize that might just seem like it's prolonging the death but... eh.



Thanks Alex, for your work on the site over the years.

Three cheers for our fearless leader!!

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 12:15 PM

That's an excellent idea Grapey - is anyone going to volunteer to create said Facebook group?
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Posted 02 January 2019 - 06:06 PM

I wonder if inline videos work?

https://www.youtube....h?v=-XCxKXbmW40

guess not ^^

edit:

Jean Grae - Keep Livin'

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Posted 02 January 2019 - 06:26 PM

Yeah this board software is old and hasn't been upgraded beyond making it serve over https...
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Posted 11 January 2019 - 07:58 AM

Serving over https is more than I could get around to doing on my site hehe. I love how flawlessly it all still works :)

As for youtube, I just remembered that you can just use https://img.youtube....GOES_HERE/0.jpg to get a thumbail, yay.
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Posted 11 January 2019 - 08:37 AM

Top tip! Thank you brother.
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