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The Forums have been developing since relaunched in 2009, with thousands of posts by the general public.

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We are looking for a technical person (PHP/MySQL) to help migrate us to later forum software.


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History and future

NOTICE: On July 17, 2009, new forums were started.

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Now we need moderators to help us manage these forums. We also want a programmer (PHP/MySQL) to help us customize the forums further. We are using a most popular and highly rated forum software package, vBulletin. It shouldn't take much of someone's time, but the person's reliability must exceed a transient enthusiasm. If you are seriously interested, then please contact us via the Contact form.

Since 1996, we have been thru several "Forums" / "Messageboards" / "Conferences". This time, starting on July 17, 2009, the messagebase is being stored as a database which can be easily exported to any format, imported elsewhere, and archived for the historical digital record. Whatever you post can go down in digital history from now on, so I suggest you register in your real name and go down in history as on the right side of responsibility in your generation.

The forum is intended as a public forum for discussion. Anyone may feel free to post a message -- you don't need to be a member of PERMANENT. However, the moderator reserves the right to move messages. The "serious" ones may be kept forever for future reference, whereas non-serious ones will be moved to the "novices & newcomers" forums and may not be kept for a long time. We will delete objectionable messages, of course.

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  • Please follow the regular rules for other kinds of conference mail, such as no flames and maintaining civility. Violators will usually be removed without comment.

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