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Title: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on June 18, 2020, 05:12:56 PM
2020:
Well it's been a year that will never be forgotten and will live in infamy and we're only half way through it, who knows what's in store for the next six months to close out 2020. But between the Covid 19 virus and all it's sickness, death, economic ramifications and hardships. All the societal and political issues ongoing currently and who knows what else is in store leading up to the presidential election and beyond lol. Buckle up folks it's gonna be a wild ride.

So, with that said. What better year than 2020 to announce that this will be the final year of operation for the "Roads To Madness Forum." Upon the termination of the 2020 yearly registration cycle for this forum, which I believe runs out in either September or October. The renewal will be cancelled and left to expire, thus terminating this forum from existence. 

I honestly have been contemplating the closure of this site for the last two renewal years and somehow kept fighting myself to keep it going this long. With my limited computer skills I'm surprised that I've been able to hold this place together for as long as I did. It's been entertaining and fun at times, but it is also something else I have to dedicate resources, time and energy to as well as watch and police the site (although not much policing has ever been required). This site has been spared for the most part of spam, and anyone ever needing to be "Warned" or "Banned" unlike the well known boards that preceded this one.

A sincere thank you and appreciation to all who have participated, or lurked and followed along for the ride these last six years. for those who'd like to stay in touch after the final curtain comes down, I will be continuing to participate under the same handle (njfirefighter) at the Official Queensryche website fan forum and who knows maybe over at the Dream Theatre Forum as well from time to time. I certainly welcome the savings of (albeit, not that pricey) the costs associated with running this forum, and lets face it, at this point there's nothing I have left to say or give my opinion or commentary on regarding music that can't be posted on the other two aforementioned forums. I no longer need a podium/soap box  ;D

My involvement in taking over this forum served it's intended purpose quite some while ago and was due to a matter of circumstantial happenstance. I never intended or planned to be a forum administrator to begin with, let alone to be one for any extended period of time or forever. I stuck it out for six years, which is longer than I had anticipated. I no longer see the need to do so.

Stay Safe Everyone!
Thanks for the support over these last six years!
 8)
             
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: InnaGaddaDaVida on June 18, 2020, 06:43:33 PM
Sorry to hear this forum is being shut down it gave me great freedom to share alot
of the players and music I enjoy with others who may not have ever experienced them.
 Thanks for that oportunity best of luck to everyone who has enjoyed the music and
Thank You for keeping this going this long.
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: Eye9 on June 18, 2020, 09:36:30 PM
I'm not entirely surprised, I've known this day would come, as you've discussed it with me several times over the last year or so. Surprised you hung in there as long as you did.

I'll miss this place when it's gone. Has always been a good place for ryche info and the whole beatdown room thread timeline was a comical and poignant piece of queensryche online community history and really set the record straight. 8) This place was also a good source for some cool band links, unknown music links, etc (thanks InnaGaddaDaVida and NJFF among others for that). Now is as god a time as any with the current status of live shows, uncertainty, lull in activity and queensryche news and i'm sure you have better things to do with your time. I've helped fly the flag for ya these last few years and it's been a pleasure  :)
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: Setzer on June 19, 2020, 03:46:41 AM
Oh man, thanks for keeping the forum alive all this time!
I've always enjoyed having a place to dicuss the band and the live shows C:-)
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: Rockox on June 24, 2020, 04:50:40 AM
I can dig man. I'm surprised we've stuck it out this long. Thanks NJF for keeping this goofy thing going for as long as you have. We've had some good times.

Any chance this place can simply be locked and retained in a "viewable only" kind of mode? Or is that just more unnecessary costs?
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: Operation:Queensr˙che on June 24, 2020, 10:53:23 AM
I can dig man. I'm surprised we've stuck it out this long. Thanks NJF for keeping this goofy thing going for as long as you have. We've had some good times.

Any chance this place can simply be locked and retained in a "viewable only" kind of mode? Or is that just more unnecessary costs?



I disagree (yet respect) NJ's decision on this. However, YES,  I agree Rock about keeping it in a "view only" mode if it's feasible.  8) 
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: ted262 on June 24, 2020, 08:46:28 PM
Eh, you guys could always start a new board at one of the free hosting sites like ProBoards and then NJF wouldn’t be on the hook for hosting/domain fees.
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: Eye9 on June 25, 2020, 10:45:47 PM
Eh, you guys could always start a new board at one of the free hosting sites like ProBoards and then NJF wouldn’t be on the hook for hosting/domain fees.

Huh. Yeah there is an option. Someone would have to design it all from scratch though I would assume, definitely not in my wheelhouse lol.
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: ted262 on June 26, 2020, 12:54:39 PM
With a place like proboards, thy specialize in message boards, so I don’t think there’s any designing involved.  I don’t think there’s really an customizing either, since it’s free (with ads).  Someone would still have to set it up different forums/sections etc) and moderate, but I believe they handle all the technical stuff behind the scenes.
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on June 26, 2020, 10:19:06 PM
Sorry to hear this forum is being shut down it gave me great freedom to share alot
of the players and music I enjoy with others who may not have ever experienced them.
 Thanks for that oportunity best of luck to everyone who has enjoyed the music and
Thank You for keeping this going this long.

You were a big reason this site lasted this long, I got you to come in when this place was struggling a bit and you were far and away the leader in new topics posted, and second only to me in total posts. I'm glad you got some years of enjoyment out of it and sincerely also thank you for being here all this time.
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on June 26, 2020, 10:21:46 PM
I'm not entirely surprised, I've known this day would come, as you've discussed it with me several times over the last year or so. Surprised you hung in there as long as you did.

I'll miss this place when it's gone. Has always been a good place for ryche info and the whole beatdown room thread timeline was a comical and poignant piece of queensryche online community history and really set the record straight. 8) This place was also a good source for some cool band links, unknown music links, etc (thanks InnaGaddaDaVida and NJFF among others for that). Now is as god a time as any with the current status of live shows, uncertainty, lull in activity and queensryche news and i'm sure you have better things to do with your time. I've helped fly the flag for ya these last few years and it's been a pleasure  :)

 Thank you greatly for your support all this time and yes, you were the first to know. You were another top 5 all time poster and it was greatly appreciated  8) Thank You!
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on June 26, 2020, 10:24:17 PM
Oh man, thanks for keeping the forum alive all this time!
I've always enjoyed having a place to dicuss the band and the live shows C:-)

You have been a die hard supporter of this place since just about the beginning my friend. Thank You!! You've spent a lot of hours here. I'll see you around I'm sure on the Queensryche official forum and DTF once this place goes down. Been a pleasure.
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on June 26, 2020, 10:27:45 PM
I can dig man. I'm surprised we've stuck it out this long. Thanks NJF for keeping this goofy thing going for as long as you have. We've had some good times.

Any chance this place can simply be locked and retained in a "viewable only" kind of mode? Or is that just more unnecessary costs?

You have been here since the beginning, have been a crazy and fun friend to have during this entire run. You also were a top 5 all time poster and contributed A LOT to this forum. I greatly thank you. Hope we can keep in touch via the Queensryche official forum. I believe you have my email, stay in touch when all is wrapped up here. Been a pleasure getting to know you and thanks for all the support.
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on June 26, 2020, 10:33:18 PM
I can dig man. I'm surprised we've stuck it out this long. Thanks NJF for keeping this goofy thing going for as long as you have. We've had some good times.

Any chance this place can simply be locked and retained in a "viewable only" kind of mode? Or is that just more unnecessary costs?



I disagree (yet respect) NJ's decision on this. However, YES,  I agree Rock about keeping it in a "view only" mode if it's feasible.  8)


How did I know you'd disagree  ;D You can always take the site over, like I did from RTM and keep the place rolling. You or anyone else, for that matter that wants to have a go at it. It isn't that difficult and really doesn't cost all that much. I've just had enough and wanna concentrate on renovating my house and making money to survive this crazy Covid era shit were in. You also have been here from the get go and have been a top 10 contributor and I thank you! It's been a fun five years and a pleasure getting to know you. 
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on June 26, 2020, 10:36:30 PM
I can dig man. I'm surprised we've stuck it out this long. Thanks NJF for keeping this goofy thing going for as long as you have. We've had some good times.

Any chance this place can simply be locked and retained in a "viewable only" kind of mode? Or is that just more unnecessary costs?



I disagree (yet respect) NJ's decision on this. However, YES,  I agree Rock about keeping it in a "view only" mode if it's feasible.  8)

Oh, also a few of you asked about keeping the site online as a "View Only" mode type of thing so the site doesn't get wiped off the internet. I'm not real familiar with that but I would imagine you have to continue to pay for the rights to the site name for it to stay actively viewable, which I really have no desire to pay to do.
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on June 26, 2020, 10:43:39 PM
Eh, you guys could always start a new board at one of the free hosting sites like ProBoards and then NJF wouldn’t be on the hook for hosting/domain fees.

Ted you've been here for as long as I can remember and spend a great deal of time signed in to the site, on what seems like a daily basis. You are a top ten member for most time spent on the forum. I believe you also go back to the very beginning of this forum. We definitely share some of the same favorite bands and it has been a pleasure having you and conversing with you all this time and thank you for being a die hard regular on the site.

The Pro Boards suggestion might be a cost free easy avenue for someone other than myself to pursue if they really wanted a site for us regulars to hang. The downside would be you would have to start everything all over again topic wise and wouldn't have the benefit of having everything all set up and already there such as I had it when I took this place over.     
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on June 26, 2020, 11:17:18 PM
I'd also like to give a shout out to some members who at one time or another over the course of these last five years were major contributors, some still come by once in a while, others haven't been around in some time now, but I would like to recognize their contributions and their help along the way.

Radardude65
Justbob (greatest first post EVER)
Big Marty
RTM
Buelinator
RoushRycher
HolyDiver
Livgrnfan
Travis The Dragon
Unspooled

And anyone else that I forgot
8)
Thank You!
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: Rockox on June 27, 2020, 05:47:34 AM
I'll give a shout-out to Shadow Walker, who posted here occasionally. He also posted on Blackbird's behalf that one time (page 17 of the Beatdown Room thread, y'all) and still posted every once in awhile even after he got shit on a bit by us. Takes balls.
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on June 27, 2020, 10:10:58 AM
Also Dendroica, sorry for forgetting about you, you have been a mainstay for a long while as well. Juat saw you signed in and remembered I had not mentioned you by name.

Also yes forgot about Shadow Walker.
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: Dream Evil on June 27, 2020, 11:33:04 AM
Um hello, you forgot me too  >:D

Sucks to see the place going to wind down, but it's as good a time as any, with all the uncertainty of everything and financial hardship going on right now. I can't say I blame you. The whole state of the music industry is in pretty much disarray right now also. 2020 the year of change lol.
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: dehumanizer3000 on June 29, 2020, 11:27:28 AM
what about setting up a discord? I was thinking about setting a queensryche one but have not looking into it much yet
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: Buelinator on June 29, 2020, 02:43:01 PM
Will miss this place and y'all. Always entertaining reading the clever, witty and sometimes cheeky banter...  ;)  Thanks for the ride, NJ! 8)
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: ShadowWalker on July 01, 2020, 07:30:05 AM
I'll give a shout-out to Shadow Walker, who posted here occasionally. He also posted on Blackbird's behalf that one time (page 17 of the Beatdown Room thread, y'all) and still posted every once in awhile even after he got shit on a bit by us. Takes balls.

It was never about having balls, just challenging the status quo with a different point of view. But I do appreciate the shout-out nonetheless...
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: Shando on July 16, 2020, 01:00:59 PM
Would it be possible to migrate the forum to a free host like this one?

http://www.smfforfree.com/
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: Rockox on September 08, 2020, 08:35:36 AM
So what're we looking at here, NJ? Do you know when this plug will be getting pulled?
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on September 09, 2020, 11:09:17 AM
At or around October 26th is when the scheduled site renewals are set to expire.
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on September 26, 2020, 04:14:54 PM
testing 1, 2, 3

To anyone who was asking if the was working properly currently. Apparently it still is. Must have been a temporary glitch. The site still has a month remaining.....Unless of course, someone takes it over 😉
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on September 27, 2020, 07:26:48 PM
The site is back up under normal graphics and operation now. That was due to a technical fuckup on my end. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: Rockox on September 29, 2020, 01:08:09 PM
I had posted a couple things yesterday and today but they disappeared this afternoon. I posted again in the Beat Down Room thread. Let's see if it sticks (like so much shit).
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: RoushRycher on September 30, 2020, 07:22:35 AM
Imagine my surprise after having been absent for some time,  to pop on this morning and see this era is coming to an end.  While I too am sad to see it go, I understand.   Thank you NJFF and everyone else who fought the good fight.  I've enjoyed being a small part in it.  I, too, am over at .com but my name there is 02custom.  I  hope everyone stays safe and  wish you all well.  \m/
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: Operation:Queensr˙che on September 30, 2020, 11:23:50 AM
I had posted a couple things yesterday and today but they disappeared this afternoon. I posted again in the Beat Down Room thread. Let's see if it sticks (like so much shit).



When did that happen Rock? I noticed yesterday the site went "whitescreen" again around 12:00 p.m. MST, for about 30 minutes. Perhaps that's when your posts were deleted?
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: Rockox on September 30, 2020, 12:09:18 PM
Yep, it was around then. All's been looking good since late yesterday afternoon though.
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on September 30, 2020, 12:15:08 PM
Is everyone seeing the site graphics properly currently? The board graphics and format normal? Or is anyone seeing the black and white antiquated graphics presently?

On my end at the moment the site graphics ae fine and normal on my phone but the site comes up in the  black and white old style layout graphics on home PC. Let us know if anyone else is having that issue, so it can be addressed.
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: RoushRycher on September 30, 2020, 12:48:41 PM
Normal for me on my phone.
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: Rockox on September 30, 2020, 01:35:31 PM
Yep, phone and laptop are good now, though it wasn't for a handful of hours yesterday.
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: Operation:Queensr˙che on October 19, 2020, 08:22:51 PM
I can dig man. I'm surprised we've stuck it out this long. Thanks NJF for keeping this goofy thing going for as long as you have. We've had some good times.





Ummm....not quite yet Rock! There's still a place for this "goofy thing" in the online world... for a little while anyway ( :D )!
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: Operation:Queensr˙che on October 19, 2020, 08:33:02 PM
I can dig man. I'm surprised we've stuck it out this long. Thanks NJF for keeping this goofy thing going for as long as you have. We've had some good times.

Any chance this place can simply be locked and retained in a "viewable only" kind of mode? Or is that just more unnecessary costs?



I disagree (yet respect) NJ's decision on this. However, YES,  I agree Rock about keeping it in a "view only" mode if it's feasible.  8)


How did I know you'd disagree  ;D You can always take the site over, like I did from RTM and keep the place rolling.


I accept the offer NJ, and thank you for passing the torch to me. Now let's see how long it stays lit!  ;D
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: Rockox on October 20, 2020, 08:22:44 AM
Uh-oh, what are you guys up to?  ;D
Title: Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on October 21, 2020, 10:13:41 AM
 Hey, Hey, My, My, Rock and Roll can never Die.
;) ;D 8)