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Heads up Talkabouters

At some point in September, but no sooner than Sept. 7, we will be migrating to a newly designed website. Part of the site will include a public forum feature much in the way Talkabout is. With luck, it will include a few features we have always wanted on Talkabout, including a search tool, the ability to 'like' a comment and the ability to flag a comment if deemed inappropriate. In will also integrate better into the site and allows user to log in with one user name, rather than the separate log in that is now required. (one for the site, one for talkabout) We are still working out the kinks and have yet to see a beta version, but we are cautiously optimistic.

The plan is to have a legacy link to this Talkabout forum for a period of time after the new site goes live to allow users to copy and save any topics or comments they wish. Unfortunately, migrating all these topics and thousands of comments to any new site is not possible. At the end of that time (yet to be determined), and if the new forum meets our requirements, we will pull the plug on the experiment that has been Talkabout.


That's great to hear Bill!!

I don't know if this helps, but once you are done with the site I'd be willing to work on creating and hosting a permanent archive. It would really be unfortunate to lose this little window into HMB that reveals so much about our times and what happened during them. (Imagine if I had a resource like this to go to when I was trying to find contemporary information on the construction of the Main Street Bridge!!)

Anyway thanks for the update- and for working (as always) to make the paper better. I look forward to the new site, and again- if there is any way we could work as a community to preserve the archive I'd be happy to do whatever possible to make it happen.



"....we will pull the plug on the experiment that has been Talkabout..."

Dang. That is a pity Ladies and Gentlemen. Because when they pull the plug, no one will be able to search and find classic Talkabout posts like these (in no particular order):

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Bill, please, please be sure that the historic treasure the Review has collected is preserved for the future. We have an intimate diary of the daily lives of people in Half Moon Bay-- what we were concerned about, how our hopes and dreams back then shaped what we have become today and where we're still headed.

The voices of many of our most active and involved citizens are heard unfiltered on these pages- the movers and shakers of our times. Our quirky characters. The average residents who pop in with a unique observation or to let off steam. What an intimate portrait of a small community!

How many other newspapers can boast something like that?

It's imperative that this historical record is preserved for the future. Please, please take advantage of offers to preserve them even if you cannot. Thank you so much.

Since you didn't ask, I have these requests for the new site:

1) Enable editing of posts,

2) Allow headline photos, and

3) Limit the length of each post.

I am unsure how you can enforce some of these suggestions but I have two:

There are some TAers that answer their own posts if no one else does. Also, please put a limit on lengthy posts which are so boring.

Sorry, I forgot another suggestion. There should be a rule about limiting threads a person can start; especially on the same or a very similar topic they just started.

Wow! I know... let's limit everything. Sheesh. Ignore the posts you don't like. Do not limit expression.

Thanks for the head's up, Bill. I hope the new site and the single-login feature will help attract new blood to the forum... we need lots more voices here.

I second the motion to enable editing your own posts, say for five minutes after posting... sometimes you don't see your own typos/errors until they are up already. But I don't support the calls to limit the length or number of posts -- sometimes people just gotta vent. Besides, I believe the right to be boring is Constitutionally protected.

And hearty applause for the ability to flag an inappropriate comment. The invective-prone posts from one of our out-of-town members are going to look like the United Nations building.

^^^ Wow! I know... let's limit everything. Sheesh. Ignore the posts you don't like. Do not limit expression. ^^^

Be courteous other readers. Long-wind not nice. Say peace smart way.

Bill... re the requests from Wonk and uffish, it might not be practical to port the archived comments to the new site, but it should certainly be possible to save them if you wanted... cloud storage has become so inexpensive that it does seem a shame to just hit "delete" and lose it.

I'm sure one of our resident tech experts can offer some wisdom on this.

^^^ And hearty applause for the ability to flag an inappropriate comment. ^^^

It'd be really great if we could choose the size and colors of those flags. Nothing like highlighting differences of opinion that censors find "inappropriate."

Appreciate the input all. We'll attempt to work in as many suggestions as we can. We work with a company called Town News, and they are pretty good about allowing us to add modifications to our modules, but we're a bit limited by their templates for some things. I've seen some early mockups and they look good. I'm confident it will an improvement over our existing forum.

I'm sure it will inspire thoughtful, polite and meaningful discourse...

^^^ I'm sure it will inspire thoughtful, polite and meaningful discourse... ^^^

Oh! You're that Bill Murray. Funny stuff!

Truth is my lab partner in high school was named Steve Martin.

Loved your irony, Bill... and the subsequent confirmation from the Vitriol Patrol.

From another thread... Franny's latest in a long, long line of contributions to thoughtful, polite and meaningful discourse:

>>"...a long-winded, biased and miserable creep like you!"<<

^^^ Truth is my lab partner in high school was named Steve Martin. ^^^

That had to be one really nervous chemistry or physics teacher.

^^^ From another thread... Franny's latest in a long, long line of contributions to thoughtful, polite and meaningful discourse: ^^^

Funny you didn't provide a direct link: Web Link

But if you're really feeling bad for George and have the time, you can commiserate with him in his latest nauseous thread:

Web Link

Happy to have the sewer that TA has become go away.

Looks like "dce" is going to lose the ability to defame people at will.

Hey Brian, oh, I'm sorry- I mean the progenitor of "Superficial Charm, Now Pitching, and August West..." (You do realize that the linkage of Superficial Charm with serial killers is likely lost on 90 percent of the people reading this right??) And while I'm at it- why would you publicly identify yourself as a sociopath anyway?? Former FBI profiler John Douglas can fill you in on the connection between the trait of superficial charm and how it is linked to sociopathic serial killers if you are really interested in learning about that- but then I think you already know about such things don't you my man?? He also goes on at some length in a number of sources explaining how people who exhibit superficial charm as part of their personality frequently need an outlet, or some way of letting their true selves show through- bypassing the need to display superficial charm as it were. (Like a guy who behaves normally in polite society, but then becomes an aggressor in an online forum- where he can hide behind the erstwhile belief that he is putatively anonymous...) I think Douglas referred to it as tweaking the tail of the dragon, or something like that anyway.

I can only wonder: is choosing the name "Superficial Charm" your way of tweaking the tail of the dragon??

Alas I digress. I am responding to your friendly post to ask that just this once you put your money where your mouth is and show all of us just one example of my defaming someone here on TA- or anywhere else for that matter.

Please remember when you give us this example that stating things that are true- no matter their effect, is not defamation.

Warmest regards as always,


(Let me preface this with--I can't believe I remembered my Talkabout password!)

Oh please find some way to archive a copy of the topic that generated the most comments on Talkabout. Dear reader if you can't remember it, you can find it. I know you can!

It generated in excess of 860 comments, serving as a humorous snapshot of that particular era of coastside history.

I spent last New Years Eve rereading the whole thing. At one point I pondered downloading it and making it into an ebook. But then I figured there might be copyright issues. Not that that stops anyone on the internet these days...

Rosemary Potatoes! What a blast from the past!

I don't know why you couldn't download that. Go for it. Keep Mack Montara and all the other characters safe for the ages.

Clay, Bill and Wonk-- have you been talking? What's happening on saving the historical record here. If nothing, please let us know the date when the plug is to be pulled. Thanks for the opportunity.

Yes, who can forget the epic 'Mystery of the Missing (Fill in the Blank)'? Half Moon Bay's Beowulf. Spanning 8 years and some 867 entries, it's amazing the number of participants and incredible creativity in that thread. At some point our view counter has gone wonky and gave many topics somewhere in the 3,000 range but undoubtedly, the number of views on 'Mystery' exceeds that by an order of magnitude. Its a time capsule of sorts and we can track the events on the Coastside from how the story unfolds. It blends fiction, comedy, politics and random streams of consciousness.

I remember the first day that we set up Talkabout. August 23, 2006. In a way, the 'Mystery of the Missing ...' is probably the best example of its potential. A free form discussion, dozens (hundreds?) of participants, and a healthy dose of entertainment.

Thank you to 'The Great Mysterious,' whoever you are, for leading us with the great opening line "Once upon a time, there was a kingdom by the sea known to its inhabitants as "The Coastside.""

We've often wondered what could be done with the post. A printed book just didn't seem like the form. In any case, be assured that if and when Talkabout 'classic' comes down, we'll give plenty of warning.

I am lobbying to have it remain on our website as a legacy link. All topics and posting would be closed, but we'd have it for reference. And it'd be there if we want to peek into the 'Mystery' again for a good laugh.

Bill, I'd like to join the chorus of finding a way to keep all of what we know as TalkAbout. There is quite a bit of history there which would almost be criminal to lose; particularly on purpose.

IT is, of course, Not my area; so how it would/could work is way over my pay grade - but with that said, I do know folks that do that and more for a living and are pretty good at what they do.

I will stand ready to help any way I can to keep the TA history at least available, even if just as a reference.

Thanks for all you do.

A close friend was The Great Mysterious, Mack Montara, MB Mom, Brandy Alexander and a host of other memorable characters (even Clay Lambert!). There were a couple of other co-conspirators guiding the narrative. I do remember this trio of writers – all longtime Coastsiders – trailing gales of laughter as they spun their yarn.

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