Then spending the time checking out all the pages and usually saving the link somewhere to visit later again. Too bad a lot of times you end up finding a page and it was like 'wow I can't wait for this QB game to be released!' and then you see it hasn't been updated in a few years. Or worse, you find the site and then within one or two updates, it's dead.
I think with the recent 'protests' on Reddit, it seems to be that the leadership there either doesn't get what makes the site great (like you said, the text/comments tied to topics) or actively don't care and just want to get it as cash positive as they can before selling it to someone else or even worse, just milk it until it's a shell of its former self.
You should go check out those backups if you have time. I've done a few dives through some of my old stuff (even stuff that's still posted on the NE site from back in the day) and it's always been a fun nostalgic trip down memory lane. It's weird how going back and reviewing old things you've written can transport you back to when you were writing it.
For example, the Hellbent remake I started but never finished around 2006 ( http://nukementerprises.puckdroppersplace.us/projects/ne/qbasic/hellbent/index.html). I clearly remember one day waking up at 5:30-6:00am, getting a cup of coffee and heading back to my room to work on some of the magic spells and inventory items. Back then the 486 didn't have its top case on (was doing upgrades to add networking but left the case off for wayyy too long. ended up bending my sound card one day when something fell on it. It's still bent a bit to this day but somehow still works...). It was sitting on top of a rubber storage crate next to my desk with the monitor cable snaked up to the CRT on my desk and the keyboard in my lap.
There's a change.log file in the zip for that game that has entries for each day I worked on it. I'm sure the day I'm remembering is one of those entries. I haven't checked in years but the memory is still vivid.
Someone would come across NEMB and be like "Wow, this guy's got a lot of stuff! Maybe I should call in sick?" Social media could be great, but my Facebook is 1 non-ad post, 2 ad posts, and then a bunch of nonsense while random things from days ago or randomly selected (but useless) posts from a few... more
Yeah it was great when you found something cool- Erik_,Sat Jul 22 2023 3:24pm
I found. Well, it was probably priuschat.com Great for when you need information on the car, lots of discussion and minimal assorted junk. They saved me a few hundred dollars and weeks of down time by telling me which capacitors I needed to replace instead of having to take the car to the dealer for... more
They had the old flip phone mobile version of the site up and running up until they made the much hated API changes and silently killed it. It was pretty crap and I'm sure almost no one used it but it does seem to be completely dead now and redirects to the main site. Archive link as recent as 03/23:... more
on the old site. Is there a way to monetize things without ads or stupid gimmicks? Webapps do seem to be all the rage. I found one the other day that's a complete CAM program. (Takes a drawing and converts it to gcode.) Kiri:Moto. It was part of an open source package, so if I did really like... more