Skip to comments.The Firing Line is Shutting Down
Posted on 12/18/2002 1:25:21 PM PST by backhoe
The Leading online forum for firearms enthusiast is closing down. Members here who belong, be advised:
-TFL's Final Days: And a Challenge to our Members--
-Alternate Site Suggestions-- Places to go when T.F.L. closes--
It will be sorely missed.
TFL to Close At End of 2002
To All Members;
TFL will cease operation on or about January 1, 2003. The entire site will remain up, in perpetuity, as a monument to what we have built together. The search function will continue also. However, new posts will not be possible after that time. New registrations have already been closed down to avoid confusion. The Buy/Sell Forums are now closed for new Posts please use PM and Email to complete pending transactions. (The Private Messaging system may well survive the transition. If so, well leave it up for your continued use.)
I know this is a shock to many, and you deserve an explanation. The answer is quite simple: Ive been at this for more than four years and am simply burned out. Having taken on new commitments, I find my time more and more limited to the point that 7 days is not a long enough week. As a result, I have allowed a lot of things to suffer, including management of TFL. While the Members and Staff have done an outstanding job of honoring our culture and goals, an endeavor such as this requires daily hands on management.
Some will ask. Why not just appoint a new chair. This is a very difficult question to answer and weve wrangled with it in the Staff Lounge, as I have personally. TFL was started by me in October 1998 as a Social Experiment: I believed that firearms discussion sites, with few exceptions, were being run improperly. I believed that, if we set up a site, without commercial advertisement and requested only your adherence to a few rules of polite behavior, it would be overwhelmingly successful in promoting Responsible Firearms Ownership.
Evidently, about 18,000 of you agreed. Today, TFL has a reputation for being the standard to meet in providing information, political insight and camaraderie for firearms enthusiasts around the globe. And so it is, that we end on a high note .with TFL still available as example and reference, long into the future. While the Staff is split regarding my decision, I believe I can say that I have their unanimous support in granting me the right to make this call.
We hardly intend to leave our Members in the cold. Even now plans are being drawn up for the launch of new firearms boards, and I encourage each of you to go forth and multiply. Take what youve taught us and what youve learned from us and teach it to others. Dont set out to meet TFL standards: Surpass Them. Consider spending an hour less per week online use that hour to get involved Politically; Go shooting; Get some fresh air .Teach Our Children about The Bill of Rights all of them.
Is it possible well be back? Perhaps. After all, Im the one who will probably miss this place more than anyone. However, dont expect to see that in the next few months. You have equipped each other to better promote the cause of Freedom in America .put it to good use.
On a personal note, Ive made lifelong friends here: Staff and Members. Weve done great work together: from beating HandGun Control into submission over their name. to making the JPFO Documentary, Innocents Betrayed a reality. Ive learned more about myself, more about listening, more about loyalty and more about leadership here than any business school could possibly teach.
My special thanks and heartfelt admiration for a Volunteer Staff that, if it had a mind, could turn United Airlines around! Mykl, DC, Rob, Dennis, George H., Gary, Art, Al, Barclay, Bill, Bud, Byron, Dave, Denny, Don. Erick, George S., Harley, Ian, John, Johnnie, Justin, Mal, Marko, Matt, Oleg, Scott, Shawn, Son and Tamara. Id follow any one of these people down the barrel of a cannon!
To our Members: before you email me, think about a few things:
- TFL emails are a large part of my time burden. Please dont attempt to engage me in long conversations about this decision. Its done.
- If you believe that we somehow owe it to you to continue, please dont email us at all. We owe no debt that must be paid with indentured servitude; any more than you owe us for the last four years of free service.
- If you believe that TFL should be passed on to a successor, well gladly comply: simply post the location of that successor board on the discussion thread below. Well take a look and if Staff approves, Ill include the site in a final, permanent Announcement on all of the Forums, in addition to a mass email. In short, I dont think any Member will be at a loss for a new home. But please dont ask me to surrender the data files, so long as they remain available for reference.
- We suggest that all Members take this opportunity to check your profiles and email addys many of them are not correct. (You should be able to change them even after we close the board to new posts.)
- To check your email address:
http://TheFiringLine.com/forums/mem...ion=editprofile - If you wish to make your email addy visible for members to be able to find you or be notified by email should someone send you a Private Message (PM):
http://TheFiringLine.com/forums/mem...ion=editoptions - To change your password:
Member comment is encouraged...you deserve closure. But remember this: our legacy is not determined by the way we start things, but by the manner in which we end them. You neednt agree with my decision, but I hope youll respect it.
Thank You and God Bless You All-
A bunch of us TFL expats are gathering over at guntalk.com. C'mon over and join us. BYOB.
Yeah, it's kind of an electronic diaspora, isn't it? Hope Oleg can pull it all together again.
Wow, that is unfortunate news. Rich Lucibella explained himself quite clearly, so it looks like that ship has left port and RKBA enthusiasts will need to find a new "home" on the Web. Good, intelligent, well-mannered folks on that forum.
See y'all on the pages suggested for TFL expats! Another good one is http://www.bladeforums.com. Thanks for posting the news here, Backhoe.
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TFL was the first board I ever joined on the web... in pre-web days of BBS's I was on Compuserve, Genie, Prodigy, and a few more, but TFL was my "first" on AlBorg2000's Information Superhighway.
I sure hope Oleg can pull a rabbit out of his hat and get TFL'ers to migrate to a new site... the other boards some members have suggested just don't seem quite right, for some reason.
I can't quite put a finger on what it is... some are awfully small- a few hundred members, which would surely change if the majority of TFL'ers landed among them. Others have names that I suspect would be off-putting to non-firearms enthusiasts, and one of my mission statements is to "get people to educate themselves," so any barrier to getting a non-gunnie to look around is not desirable, from my POV.
Yes, TFL was one of the finer sites around. Let's hope it can continue in some form elsewhere.
Soon to be filled with Silent Keys...
It appears THR will have a broader scope than TFL, encompassing civil liberties more widely. I urge all members here who are interested in the RKBA issues, technical information, tactics, etc., to take a look and consider joining.
Make no mistake, the anti-self-defense forces are waiting in the wings, licking their chops in anticipation of a fall from grace by President Bush, or another atrocity involving guns so they can trot out their "sensible firearms regulations for all the children" or other poll-tested talking points.
They have 'em ready, waiting for targets of opportunity. We need as broad and loud a voice as we can find to keep re-educating the public.
Final call to all members of TFL to check in one last time...
...we are all becoming Silent Keys...