Announcement

After 5 years serving the vintage Apple enthusiast community, ThinkClassic has been marked for closure and is now in caretaker mode. Please see this thread for further information. Please direct any questions, comments and enquiries about the website, management and ownership to this thread.

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#1 2019-07-16 18:50:47

iMic
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From: Adelaide, Australia
Registered: 2014-05-12
Posts: 948
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Site Closure

I suppose this comes as a surprise to nobody, but I think ThinkClassic has reached its EOL.

The website isn't difficult to maintain, but it needs considerable time and effort to make it an active place once again. Between a dwindling interest in computing and wanting to focus on other interests, I almost certainly won't be able to make that happen.

I considered leaving it online as-is, but I'm not prepared to leave the forum without security fixes and some form of moderation. I'll need to continue doing that, in addition to following up reports and responding to emails, and it isn't something I'm prepared to do, nor have the time to do it.


As it stands, there have been some expressions of interest from other communities to archive ThinkClassic's content. With permission from current stakeholders in ThinkClassic, I'm open to discuss the possibility of a new owner taking on the site. There's also the potential for the site to be re-formed as a centralised community forum for retro-computing enthusiasts and user groups here in Australia, since I would have some assistance in managing it. All options are currently on the table.

Otherwise, eventually we'll set a switch-off date.

Some services that require increased moderation, like the Buy, Sell & Trade forum, are being switched off in stages. The creation of new Buy, Sell and Trade topics has been disabled, however members can reply to existing topics to complete any outstanding transactions.


To everyone involved in ThinkClassic, from those who helped launch and build the site to our community members that contributed to the discussions - thank you. It's been an incredible five years running this community, and so much fun contributing back to the retro-computing scene from our small corner of it.


~ M.


Resident Professor of Alternative Methodology
Faculty of Electronic Restorations & Modifications - "It works, let's fix it!"

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#2 2019-07-31 17:13:46

jt
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From: Bermuda Triangle, NC USA
Registered: 2014-05-21
Posts: 1,470

Re: Site Closure

Thanks so much for the hard work you folks have put into this community. You saved me in that time of anger and depression so many years ago. I'd love to see the site archived at the very least. Thanks again from the bottom of my heart.

jt

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#3 2019-08-01 01:00:02

iMic
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From: Adelaide, Australia
Registered: 2014-05-12
Posts: 948
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Re: Site Closure

There's a couple of avenues for archiving the content, or perhaps even rolling it into another community to keep it active. That's certainly the number one priority.

The site won't otherwise disappear overnight though, it'll just run in a reduced capacity (no trading area, etc) for now.


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Faculty of Electronic Restorations & Modifications - "It works, let's fix it!"

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#4 2019-11-19 08:04:15

iMic
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From: Adelaide, Australia
Registered: 2014-05-12
Posts: 948
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Re: Site Closure

The Buy, Sell & Trade forum is now officially closed to both new posts and replies.

The following forums are now in wind-down status:

Machine-Specific Forums (Archived)

  • Apple I, II & III

  • Macintosh & Lisa

  • Quadra, Centris & Macintosh II

  • Performa & LC

  • Power Macintosh

  • iMac & Power Mac

  • PowerBook, iBook & Portables

  • Early Intel

  • Other

Technical Forums (Archived)

  • Hacks & Modifications

  • Software & Operating Systems

  • Peripherals & Accessories

Other Systems (Archived)

  • Other Manufacturers & Vendors

Topics within these forums are open to new replies, however new topics are no longer being created.

The Front Bar and Members' Machines forums remain open for community discussions, and new topics and replies are welcome.

All changes remain completely reversible, should a new operator wish to take on ThinkClassic or merge its content with another community. However at this time, no arrangements have been made.


Resident Professor of Alternative Methodology
Faculty of Electronic Restorations & Modifications - "It works, let's fix it!"

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#5 2019-11-19 15:07:08

wimc
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Registered: 2015-05-31
Posts: 43
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Re: Site Closure

Sorry to see it go. Really enjoyed reading the content.

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ThinkClassic specialises in the use, maintenance, repair, restoration and modification of vintage computers and peripherals.