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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 10:17 am    Post subject: ADMIN NOTES & complaints / arguments about repwblic site Reply with quote

This forum and an accompanying email address was originally set up by PenDdu, but then he locked it up as we discussed my preference for IPB over phpBB because of our needing a calendar. I then discovered that informe was one of the few bulletin board providers who will let us use the Welsh language download - American providers either refused us this or practiced discrimination against non-English languages. So recently I decided to just go with what already existed, and registered repwblic.org in a free deal with Microsoft Office Live that can provide a calendar.

So, we have finally got around to doing something about the mess that ctd.6.forumer, wales.6.forumer and other sites are in. The passwords for http://repwblic.informe.com www.repwblic.org repwblic@hotmail.co.uk have been shared and today ( 31/07/07 ) I am going to try to transfer all of the forum material here. Whilst I appreciate that some people think that I am pushing the word "repwblic" over "gweriniaeth" too hard, the search engines love it and non-Welsh speakers understand and remember it quickly. Whilst setting up this bulletin board I have also chosen the older word "seiat" over "fforwm", partly because I noted that the WA dictionary gives it as the Welsh for 'forum'.

The way that we use these "repwblic" sites is wholly open to questions and suggestions as of tomorrow - but please cease posting on the other forums and let them die since we can't switch them off.

On the other hand, don't delete things on the other forums until everything has been set up and got running here.

Use this topic thread to comment on what we are doing.

regards - Dai


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When PenDdu originally opened this board and challenged me basically to sort out ctd.6's problems, he chose the forum provider that I had researched and the word that I love to encourage me, hence this is : repwblic.informe.com - and he put up the title " Y Repwblic " and descibed it as a site " dedicated to the establishment of the Welsh Republic ". Then nothing happened for several months as we tried to get other people on board, and I debated as to whether to have an IPB instead of a phpBB. Eventually we just decided to get on with it and I set up repwblic.org aswell to compliment this with a calendar which phpBB does not support.

I changed the heading's description to " Conversations with Welsh Republicans - Sgyrsiau Gyda Repwbligwyr Cymreig " because I thought it was descriptive and so helpful, but I've been feeling unhappy that it kind of gives the impression that this is a " repwbligwyr " site i.e. dedicated to my kind of "white" politics - which it most certainly is not meant to be. So I've just tried to fix this - I don't think that we need to repeat the information in Welsh, so instead of " Conversations with Welsh Republicans - Sgyrsiau Gyda Repwbligwyr Cymreig " I've changed it to "Conversations with Welsh Republicans : Poblachiaethwyr - Repwbligwyr - Gweriniaethwyr " - listing the three words for republican that commonly distinguish the red - white - green factions in Wales.

Is that OK with you lot - or should something else entirely be used ?

" Poblachiaeth " is a word that isn't actually in the dictionary, but which was coined in the 1950's I believe to mimic the Irish Gaelic word used for republic - as in the title of Sinn Fein's paper " An Phoblacht ". In Welsh, the " poblach " were the " little people " ie it basically means the landless who have to depend on their wages - the proletariat.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Repwblic's administration would like to point out that despite the limited number of postings recently there seem to be a number of people visiting to read what is here - so don't despair ! ctd.6.forumer went into a similar doldrum for a long while, it simply is the case that unless people post then discussion doesn't happen. Remember to check the box that nudges your email account when a posting happens.

On the matter of the material left uncopied on ctd.6.forumer, hopefully this will be dealt with before its final demise.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two years or so on into this project and Citystate has been urging me to do something different, and by the way has been sending me encouraging messages. To explain something about my attitude as caretaker here, this is from our correspondance recently :

Dear Citystate,

" As I probably said before, I think the format you've chosen in faulty. On the one hand you do indeed outline some kind of a worldview / stance for Repwblic.org, but then contradict this by accepting all-comers. You've identified your personal stance to be at odds with various other Welsh republicans, but expect them to contribute to the footfall on your Forum? Why can't they set up their own forums? "

That was exactly the problem before, hence the policy of all comers - but the real problem was that people like me wanted to discuss republicanism with other people in Wales without demands to endorse their point of view, and ctd.6.forumer was associated with Cymru Rydd. I do not mind stating my own point of view but I do not want it to brand what kind of politics gets discussed here, and anyway republicanism expects diversity of viewpoints.

A number of the other people chose to set up blogs rather than forums and they have mostly died off, I suspect because they lacked the social element of arguing, but I still prefer this format even if it has now been reduced to me blogging on it. It allows for systematically organising information which is I think a big plus. Maybe it will pick up, as ctd.6 picked up when I took care of it, maybe it will not and I will not enjoy the social aspects of this as a bulletin board but that is not all that I am aiming at and if I stick to it my game plan for this is measured in years not weekends.

regards, Dai
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

McAfee has been blacklisting informe.com for harbouring fear2fix.zip and I have been questioning them about this and asking them to fix it. I have decided to remove all the suspect advertising links and banned 11 of those 'members' but there are a few more who are suspect but have not made links.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I could not properly attend to the board for several months, and whilst people of doubtful intentions continue to sign up nobody has been posting though apparently people are reading old posts. Suggestions please as to whether to continue with the board.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Friends,

I'm visiting to keep an eye on admin tasks but due to the political struggle ( o.k., I mean just arguing with various politicians about local issues that I am campaigning over ) I'm feeling exhausted and bored with nobody to actually discuss contributions with. I'm curious as to why people have nothing to say, though I know that I'm being dull myself and haven't risen to the challenge of writing some more theoretical stuff. Topical stuff is boring me because I'm not stimulated by banging my head against the establishment walls of our prison which has no real political dialogue on offer. Anybody care to comment on their reasons for not contributing ?

Right now as I write there are four other people browsing the board, not untypical when I look in - so why are you not writing folks ?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wanted to see Repwblic.org rise to fame, but sadly predicted what has happened: due largely to the format you chose and the content posted on the forum.

You shared over a couple of years your personal interest in matters republican/Welsh/political etc, typically at a theoretical level. Perhaps it has been difficult for newcomers to jump-in and start sparring with you, or adding their own version of the approach you take. I dare say many feel less confident in dealing with matters at such a philosophical or theoretical type level. That is what has distinguished the writing here from various Welsh republicanalternative-nationalist fare elsewhere online, but it is difficult to become a member, to sign-in and step up and be counted on an equal basis.

There is also the feeling that, far from Repwblic.org being a broad church as advertised, it seems to represent quite a definite take on matters, constituting a minority-interest within what is already very much a minority-interest: the constituency for such a forum may not be so huge after all maybe?

I think, Dai, that if you concentrated on writing just a couple of really good article and getting them out there, with a very specific line to peddle, that this place would soon pick up. Just a hunch; good luck.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have decided to tweak the admin controls - some people can never remember their passwords so I have decided to allow automatic entry if you want to use it. I am still sticking to user account activation so you need to sign up under some name to write.

The flood interval is still set at 15 seconds between posts / searches. You get 30 log in attempts, but if you choose automatic that barely matters now. You will have to wait 60 mins before trying again.

40 topics a page, 20 posts a page, 20 to reach popular threshold. 20 poll options.

Automatic pruning is switched off. Time Zone is GMT.

Internet search engines search period is reset to 2 days.

Private Messaging Boxes increased to 100 each.

Maximum Avatar file size remains 80 x 80 - 6144 Bytes.

Administration email address remains repwblic @ hotmail.co.uk

Nothing added to quarantine recently, except this Russian guy chose to post in it !
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have site visitor numbers risen this week Dai?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To be honest I have been trying to catch up with all the stuff that I let slide whilst buggering up my eyesight stitching green flags with green thread ( I am red / green colourblind - I see green tabby cats ! ).

The record number of users at once was 35 back in 2008, but I am under the impression that there are about four times as many as usual i.e. there were 15 when I logged on this morning.

Thanks for inviting me to speak, even though I didn't get to say what I wanted to say. I know that you wanted me to be a bit more whimsical and talk about how the red, white and green trilliw is the ancestor flag of the red dragon flag - but there are times to try and say something more important.

I'm curious as to what you think of the speech that I wanted to make, and of my account of the meeting which is ofcourse slightly biased. I suppose that I'm not so curious as to the opinions of the people that I am complaining about for interupting me, after all they can hardly expect me to feel alright about it and made no account of their actions to me afterwards. Obviously I expected there to be mostly reds and greens there and each faction for their own reasons would be hostile, but I can not imagine anybody white guillotining a speaker like that however dull or offensive they might be - everybody would get their chance to sink or swim, to face an audience's hostility, appreciation or boredom, for their allotted ten minutes.

Care to post your own account of the meeting on the Ardystiad topic thread ? I haven't described the other speakers yet and I am very busy.
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