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My thoughts are very much like JimBob's.

I certainly haven't been as active here as I used to be, and I considered not rejoining.  However, I do still like to check in every once in a while, especially for trip reports.  I must say, I'll be really bummed if the old trip reports are lost.  Myself and many others have spent a lot of time creating those reports. 

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33 minutes ago, guy_incognito said:

My thoughts are very much like JimBob's.

I certainly haven't been as active here as I used to be, and I considered not rejoining.  However, I do still like to check in every once in a while, especially for trip reports.  I must say, I'll be really bummed if the old trip reports are lost.  Myself and many others have spent a lot of time creating those reports. 

I guess the lesson is to always back up your trip reports. Easy to say, yet hard to put into practice. Our lesson was even more painful as we did have backups, but even backups can fail. So you want to really be safe, I suggest you have at least two backup schemes. 

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I'll see if we can locate it. I don't have much hope, because as I explained our backups were corrupted but maybe it is still around. It takes many hours to find these given the size of the database, so it just might not be possible, but I hear how important they are to you and will try.

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15 hours ago, HamRHead said:

Wow, it is great to have the forum back. Thanks, Mr. Waite, for all your hard work. And a special thank-you to Rick and his family.

Breaking an addiction is hard. The first week was the worst. After the sweating and shaking subsided, I could actually have waited longer. :classic_wink:

The forum as been an amazing help to me. I hope all of the wonderful members find their way back. My only regret about the lost data is the massive number of posts and likes that some of the veteran members had amassed. Those numbers were like hard-earned badges of honor and reflected, to one degree or another, incredible levels of expertise.

One suggestion: I think it would be nice to have a dedicated place where members could display their bird related art—sketches, paintings, carvings, stained glass, etcetera.

And finally a question. If we can now drag and drop images from our desktops, is there a way to control the size at which it displays?

Okay, two questions: Are the emojis a tad blurry or is that my eyes?

Interesting parallel re addiction, really makes sense. We could have a forum just for bird related art—sketches, paintings, carvings, stained glass, etcetera. I don't know the answer to your question about size that images are displayed but if you search the Invision Blog (https://invisioncommunity.com/news) or search Google for "Invision Community Control Size of Media" you may find the answer. I bet there is an entire section devoted to this topic. The emojis don't look blurry to me.

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My thoughts are likely very consistent with others - glad the website is back and that the administrators have worked so hard to restart it, but sentimental to the loss of so many posts. This forum helped me improve my ID skills so much and allowed for me to connect with a community of birders, including so many other young birders. I also agree that it would be awesome if some of the old posts could be brought back, but understand if that is virtually impossible. 

5 hours ago, guy_incognito said:

My thoughts are very much like JimBob's.

I certainly haven't been as active here as I used to be, and I considered not rejoining.  However, I do still like to check in every once in a while, especially for trip reports.  I must say, I'll be really bummed if the old trip reports are lost.  Myself and many others have spent a lot of time creating those reports. 

My trip reports were one of the first things I thought of too. I still have all of the writeups on my computer, but without the photos and everything included. I've spent some time browsing through some web archives, as I clearly have nothing better to do at the moment, and a few of yours have actually been saved. 

https://web.archive.org/web/20160517220826/http://www.whatbird.com:80/forum/index.php?/topic/149746-trip-report-coast-to-coast/

https://web.archive.org/web/20150917050408/http://www.whatbird.com/forum/index.php?/topic/135898-midwest-trip-report-may-2015/

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1 hour ago, Fancy said:

My thoughts are likely very consistent with others - glad the website is back and that the administrators have worked so hard to restart it, but sentimental to the loss of so many posts. This forum helped me improve my ID skills so much and allowed for me to connect with a community of birders, including so many other young birders. I also agree that it would be awesome if some of the old posts could be brought back, but understand if that is virtually impossible. 

My trip reports were one of the first things I thought of too. I still have all of the writeups on my computer, but without the photos and everything included. I've spent some time browsing through some web archives, as I clearly have nothing better to do at the moment, and a few of yours have actually been saved. 

https://web.archive.org/web/20160517220826/http://www.whatbird.com:80/forum/index.php?/topic/149746-trip-report-coast-to-coast/

https://web.archive.org/web/20150917050408/http://www.whatbird.com/forum/index.php?/topic/135898-midwest-trip-report-may-2015/

Yeah, I thought about your Australia trip report, which I greatly enjoyed. I know it represented a lot of work. It brought back some great memories of a similar trip my wife and I took. I still remember the smell on Heron Island. I think it was largely from the Noddy Terns. I meant to open up your report for my wife to read and I never got around to it. Now...:classic_sad:

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9 hours ago, lonestranger said:

@Administrator   Like everyone else, I too am grateful that the forums are back up and saddened by the loss of the old content. There was a lot of history in some of those old threads, some of which I was hoping to reference once the forums came back online. I am particularly saddened about the loss of one particular thread from the photo sharing forum, the "Our new backyard" thread specifically. Our landlord has decided to try and fabricate reasons to evict us and some of the posts in "our new backyard" thread would go a long way in helping us present the truth if/when legal action is needed. I know it's a selfish thing to ask and I am sure it's not something easily done, but if that thread isn't totally corrupted is there any way I could get a copy of that particular thread? I totally understand if that's not possible but due to our situation, I have to ask and hope that it is possible. Thanks for ALL you have done in getting the forums back online, and thanks for your future efforts as well. :classic_smile:

Hi @lonestranger!  Good to see you here.  I'm sorry to hear about what's going on with your landlord.  Just so you know, the first page of your thread was saved by the Wayback Machine (https://web.archive.org/web/20161031174028/www.whatbird.com/forum/index.php?/topic/142912-our-new-backyard/).  I hope what you need is there.

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54 minutes ago, HamRHead said:

Yeah, I thought about your Australia trip report, which I greatly enjoyed. I know it represented a lot of work. It brought back some great memories of a similar trip my wife and I took. I still remember the smell on Heron Island. I think it was largely from the Noddy Terns. I meant to open up your report for my wife to read and I never got around to it. Now...:classic_sad:

Yeah… just finished it too. As I said I still have the writeup itself saved, fortunately, and the photos (most downloaded onto Flickr and eBird as well. Also, if you wanted I could actually send you the writeup). When I was looking around the trip report section I also found the first pages of two other trip reports of mine, so at least I have those too. The Australia one was too recently published to have been saved though, I think. Not even sure how the archive thing completely works, to be honest, but it's cool to look around. 

And yes, the noddies had quite the smell!

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It's good to have the forums back!

Thanks to the Whatbird team for their hard work at getting this site back online!

Whatbird was integral to me as a teenage birder in learning identification skills and becoming a part of the birding community. Though I don't post much any more these days due to work and school, Whatbird remains an important and nostalgic part of my life and I'd hate to ever see it come to an end. I look forward to being more active if time and graduate school will allow it.

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21 hours ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Hi @lonestranger!  Good to see you here.  I'm sorry to hear about what's going on with your landlord.  Just so you know, the first page of your thread was saved by the Wayback Machine (https://web.archive.org/web/20161031174028/www.whatbird.com/forum/index.php?/topic/142912-our-new-backyard/).  I hope what you need is there.

 

Thank you very much, The Bird Nuts. That is exactly what I need. I won't go into details, but that first page contains some very important information that will help ensure that the truth isn't twisted against us. Thanks again, to you, the Whatbird team, and all the unofficial helpers that make this website such a great community. :classic_smile:

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9 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

@Administrator I noticed that after a rather short period of time we are not able to edit our posts.  It would be great if that could be changed, maybe remove the edit option after a few hours or days rather than minutes or make it so we can always edit our posts like before.

I haven't run into this personally yet, but definitely agree that it would be helpful to change that.  I always seem to make lots of typos and am constantly editing my posts:classic_tongue:

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3 hours ago, The Bird Nuts said:

@Administrator I noticed that after a rather short period of time we are not able to edit our posts.  It would be great if that could be changed, maybe remove the edit option after a few hours or days rather than minutes or make it so we can always edit our posts like before.

I'd like to find out if this is something happening to everyone rather than just one person. I don't believe there is a setting for it.

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