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Beautifully said, Kevin.
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News and Rumors / Re: Announcements coming October 20th?
« Last post by The Edges Cat on Today at 08:10:54 PM »
Larry's Halloween costume: a t-shirt with the slogan, "It's my birthday and all I got was a song I've already heard a million times."

It's a bit like re-gifting.
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I am saying goodbye to the Forum.

Thanks for everything.
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News and Rumors / Re: Announcements coming October 20th?
« Last post by The Slow Loris on Today at 08:09:07 PM »
Given the props for the new video (for 'Get Out of Your Own Way'), it's pretty obvious that the new video (and likely the album info) will be released on The Day of the Dead (The Mexican Holiday (Día del Los Muertos), which this year happens to begin on October 31st. Celebrations continue on until November 2nd. But I would be shocked if it wasn't released on the 31st. It's also a great nod to Mexico and all the people who lost their lives during the earthquakes this year, as this holiday is about celebrating the dead and the lives they had. Good on U2 👍
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Dear Forum,

Thank you. Thank you for being here. Thank you for your invisible strangers. Thank you for your music lovers, U2 fans, U2 lovers, U2-obsessed, U2 superfans. Thank you for your strange threads, game threads, threads about Bono that definitely weren't for children. Thank you for your late night conversations with people all across the world. Thank you for the debaters, the arguers, the passionate posters. Thank you for giving us a place to show our love for the greatest band on Earth. Thank you for the Lounge, and for giving me, a sad and troubled college student at the time, a place to hang out where he would be loved, not judged. Thank you for the friends I found there. Thank you for letting me spill my deepest secrets and darkest desires on your pages. Thank you for letting me find concert tickets and connect at shows. Thank you for giving me a place to rave about songs like Unknown Caller that everyone seemed to hate, but were special to me. Thank you for making me think about others. Thank you for giving me a family I will cherish forever. Thank you for letting me find my soul mate here.

Thank you for everything.

My name it Kevin Bryce Fitzgerald, I am 29, from California, USA. I know that this is not goodbye.
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General U2 Discussion / Re: Forum Closure Countdown Clock
« Last post by NOLA Fly on Today at 08:03:26 PM »
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Three o'clock in the morning
It's quiet and there's no one around
Just the bang and the clatter
As a forum runs to ground
Just the bang and the clatter
As a forum hits the ground

Well played, kitty cat. Well played.
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News and Rumors / Re: The future of @U2
« Last post by Rising Sun on Today at 07:58:57 PM »
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With the forum going away, I wonder what the future of @U2 will be?

The forum's existence has zero impact on @U2 as a whole. @U2 could shut down tomorrow, or it might last years/decades longer. Depends entirely on how much fun the crew is having and how long everyone wants to keep it going.

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Additionally, in comparing the forum to the main page, there's a healthy amount of ad trackers (as seen through ad/tracking blockers) when you visit the main page which - understandably - drives some kind of sustaining revenue to keep the lights on.  The forum, however, has none which also makes me wonder if closing the forum also was in part based on economics.  If you can't generate revenue, why sustain it?

@U2 has never been a money-making venture. The main site has zero ads on it; same with the forum. The Tours site has one ad per page, which no one clicks and generates exceptionally little money. @U2 accepts donations via PayPal, but just like with the ads, very few people ever bother with that. We did have one very generous reader who setup a recurring $20 monthly donation a year or so ago, but she (understandably!) canceled that back when U2 announced its JT Tour plans. :-)

If we made decisions based on economics, @U2 would've shut down around 1997-98 or thereabouts. None of us gets paid. The site and the people who work on it lose money every year.

One thing I've been wondering is whether we should've charged a membership fee here in the forum -- not as a revenue generation tactic, but as a way of increasing the signal and reducing the noise. If people had to pay to use this, would they treat the forum and other members better? I don't know. Maybe. There's evidence in other online communities that a nominal payment creates a healthier environment. I do know that if people had to pay, we wouldn't have to deal with all the anonymous crap and trolling that goes on -- accounts would be tied to a real name (for credit card processing) and that might help increase quality.

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It would be interesting to see which pages get most hits and what are the most common routes through the site.

For the first nine months of 2017, the forum has had 294,000 unique users. The vast majority just look/read without joining, as evidenced by us only adding 2,400 new registered members so far this year.

The main site has had 1.1 million unique users. News and Lyrics are always the most popular sections of the site. The Tours site is popular when U2 is on tour, and not popular when they're not.

But none of that really matters because of what I said above: This isn't a money-making venture. It's a hobby. Whether we have 10 users or 10 million users, it doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is that we have fun and enjoy what we're doing. It's cool, because when something stops being fun, we don't have advertisers or revenue concerns that force us to keep doing stuff. We get to invest our time and energy into stuff that we want to, not stuff that we have to. Make sense?

A thought I had while reading through some forum posts a few months ago was that it might be useful if people's ages were listed below their icons.  I've perceived more than a few times that some discussions were happening between people around whatever minimum age you need to be to participate here.  I think people have the option to list that in their profile and I don't think the forum verifies ages, but if people had a little inkling about who they were talking to it would definitely affect how they chose to speak to them.  Or perhaps if people had to verify their identities to join the forum (while being allowed to have public or private profiles) it might prevent some unpleasantness.  I don't know about charging for access, though...

Anonymity on the internet is what breeds much of its discontent.
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General U2 Discussion / Re: Forum Closure Countdown Clock
« Last post by The Edges Cat on Today at 07:51:18 PM »
Three o'clock in the morning
It's quiet and there's no one around
Just the bang and the clatter
As a forum runs to ground
Just the bang and the clatter
As a forum hits the ground
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Fun and Games / Re: Only Two Words - Last Word First
« Last post by OnlyU2 on Today at 07:47:41 PM »
drop out
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Fun and Games / Re: U2 Word Association
« Last post by OnlyU2 on Today at 07:47:16 PM »
OUCH!!!!

shithouse
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