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      Important Announcement!   07/28/2018

      Dear BCF members,   This forum has been running now for many years, and over that time we have seen many changes. Generalised forums are nowhere near as popular as they once were, and they have been very much taken over by blogs, vlogs and social media discussions. Running a forum well takes money, and a lot of care and attention, as there is so much which goes on behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly.   With all of this in mind, and after discussion within the current moderator team, the decision has been made to close this forum in its current format. I know that this will disappoint a lot of our long term members, but I want to reassure you that it's not a decision which has been taken lightly.    The remaining moderator team have agreed that we do not want to lose everything which is special about our home, and so we are starting a brand new facebook group, so that people can stay in touch, and discussions can continue. We can use it for free and should be easier for us to run (it won't need to be updated or hosted). We know not everyone has FaceBook, but we hope that those of you who are interested will join the group. We will share the link, and send invites as soon as we are ready to go. Added: We may as well get this going, find us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/195289821332924/   The forum will close to new registrations, but will remain open for some time, to allow people to collect up any information, reading lists etc they need to, and to ensure they have contact details for those they wish to stay in touch with.    The whole team feel sad to say goodbye, but we also feel that it's perhaps time and that it feels like the right choice. We hope we can stay in touch with all of you through our new FaceBook group.   I personally want to thank everyone who has helped me moderate the forum, both in the past and the present, and I also want to thank every single person who has visited, and shared their love of books.. I'm so proud of everything we've achieved, and the home we built.   Please visit the new section in the Lounge section to discuss this further, ask questions etc.
Michelle

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Many of you have been here for a long time, and others just a short while - we'd love to hear your memories of your time here, the people you've met etc.

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I've met so many friends here! You, Michelle, Kell, Nollaig, Abby, Kat, Chrissy, Kylie, and so many more! I remember drama with certain members, fun contests, banning spammers, the Jane Austen group read...but most of all, I remember the amazing support of the BCF members. :smile2:

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Michelle -

What is your favorite memory?

What is the memory you would most like to forget? :)

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That's difficult.. I actually think one of my best memories was from back in the very early days. I contacted some authors to ask if they would support our new forum, with either an interview or a competition prize, and all of them were wonderful and helpful. 

 

In general, as Echo said, I've made some great, supportive people on here, which will always stay with me. 

 

Bad memories - definitely the two occasions we were trolled.. both lead by the same person. Back then I didn't have the experience or confidence to deal properly with the situation, and I had people turn against me for it. He probably had fun, but it caused me a lot of stress and upset. However.. I also had amazing support from other people on here, so there was good too. :)

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This forum has been great it many ways and not just about books. Folk have been very supportive in my times of need in bereavement too via my blog section on here. We have had a few laughs along the way too. I it is lovely you have/are creating a new home for us though on Facebook where we can keep up our chats all things bookie and more....will miss this though...

I remember we even had a bookswap at some point too.

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For me my best memories involve finding so many friends on this forum :friends3:.

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I remember that time a ferret got loose and chased Jane Austin around the Classics forum; my, how we laughed!

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On 04/08/2018 at 12:28 AM, Raven said:

I remember that time a ferret got loose and chased Jane Austin around the Classics forum; my, how we laughed!

 

😂 Sounds like something from a Jasper Fforde book! I must have been away the day that happened. Will you be joining us on FB, Raven? I would guess that you're not a fan of FB, but you could just make a new account for us especially?

 

I remember the Jane Austen book circle too. I haven't re-read Austen since then, even though I loved every one of the books!

 

My favourite memory would have to be something that took place outside of BCF: meeting @frankie in real life and having her spend a couple of months with me. I would never have met my bestie and had that opportunity if it weren't this forum, and I'll be forever grateful to @Michelle for making this happen. :)

 

In general, I just have loads of good memories of book chat and supportive friends, especially in the depression thread when I was going through a really bad time in my life. And the excitement of reading everyone's new threads at the beginning of each year.

 

And then there's the class clown, @Raven. I never knew why we let him in or let him stick around. :P But he's been good value, I suppose. ;)

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29 minutes ago, Kylie said:

My favourite memory would have to be something that took place outside of BCF: meeting @frankie in real life and having her spend a couple of months with me. I would never have met my bestie and had that opportunity if it weren't this forum, and I'll be forever grateful to @Michelle for making this happen. :)

 

:wub:  I think that's so lovely.  

 

I have met some lovely people from here.  I'm so lucky to regularly meet up with @poppyshake  and  @chesilbeach and I meet @Michelle every few years when I go up to Kent.  I've also met @Chrissy and @Nici(but I don't think she's on here any more), albeit a long time ago.  Such fond memories.  :)  (I think that's it, but sincere apologies if I've forgotten anybody.).

 

I also exchange Christmas cards with a few members.  :)

 

Behind the scenes, the Admins/Staff used to do a Secret Santa, which was always fun. 

 

 

 

 

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On ‎8‎/‎2‎/‎2018 at 12:59 PM, Michelle said:

That's difficult.. I actually think one of my best memories was from back in the very early days. I contacted some authors to ask if they would support our new forum, with either an interview or a competition prize, and all of them were wonderful and helpful. 

 

In general, as Echo said, I've made some great, supportive people on here, which will always stay with me. 

 

Bad memories - definitely the two occasions we were trolled.. both lead by the same person. Back then I didn't have the experience or confidence to deal properly with the situation, and I had people turn against me for it. He probably had fun, but it caused me a lot of stress and upset. However.. I also had amazing support from other people on here, so there was good too. :)

Actually the guy causing the problems made a fool out of himself. You had more supporters than you realize.

 

On another note I wonder how many posts have been made in the Never Ending Song Title thread. I think there are many, many. :)

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