I have created a new Hrmtc Underground BBS, and added links to it in a number of places across the library site and elsewhere. You may be interested in taking a gander.
You can read a bit more about my thoughts and hopes for this new space for discussion at “So this happened then … the new Hrmtc Underground BBS!” and there are a few more posts of possible interest, such as the one where I talk briefly about my design process for the logo at “Hrmtc Underground BBS logo“, and so forth.
I have also added a new Patron reward level for the Patron campaign over at Patreon which grants access to an exclusive forum on the BBS for those particular Patrons who want that. In part this is simply a reward that creates a space for those Patrons to interact with each other and myself, and possibly brainstorm about the Patron campaign and soever. Another thing is that those Patrons who want to help support the BBS have a specific way to contribute to the cost of running the dedicated instance on which the BBS runs.
The BBS itself is running on the Discourse engine, which is a bit of new and modern software that I’ve been somewhat anxiously waiting to reach a point where I thought it was stable and usable enough to install for the purposes of adding discussion space back to the library. Yes, as some may recall, there was previously a full WordPress Multisite / BuddyPress installation behind the Hrmtc Underground which, for a number of reasons failed to work out. Having a platform for discussion has been something that I’ve been wanting to try again, and believe this will be a good platform for hosting discussions about the library site and other topics of interest. Whereas a website is primarily one way communication, and social media is great for asynchronous streams that sometimes overlap, having a forum is great for communication that is grouped, topical and threaded. And, that’s a different thing entirely, and I think something worth having part of the mix of possible ways to engage the material at the library. Plus, it’s kinda fun in a nostalgic way to think of it as a BBS.
But, head on over and check it out. Let me know what you think. And, (ΑΠΟ ΠΑΝΤΟΣ ΚΑΚΟΔΑΙΜΟΝΟΣ!) if you’re willing and able to be a constructive part of this new community at this early stage in its development, then do join in!