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Well this is damn useful. It'd be great to see everyone make use of this service.

" As closed social media sites never have our best interests at heart, sometimes we have to move homes on the internet, and we can fall out of touch with people as we go elsewhere."

Maybe a layer of indirection can save the day. Point people at your page on wheretofind.me and they can find you no matter what sites you're using these days. It's like a business card for your social media presence."_

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Well this is damn useful. It'd be great to see everyone make use of this service.

" As closed social media sites never have our best interests at heart, sometimes we have to move homes on the internet, and we can fall out of touch with people as we go elsewhere."

Maybe a layer of indirection can save the day. Point people at your page on wheretofind.me and they can find you no matter what sites you're using these days. It's like a business card for your social media presence."_

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While I'm a member of MeWe, I'm not a huge fan. I'm much less of a fan of MeWe than I am of G+ and some probably remember that I had to be dragged kicking and screaming to G+.

Therefore, I've decided to open an (enhanced) Buddypress-based community as an (yet another) alternative to MeWe and other such places. RetroRoleplaying games will be using this as our main community site for supporting Microlite74, Microlite75, Microlite78, BX Advanced, etc. In fact I already have groups set up for some of these.

There are general forums and any member can start a group for their favorite game or setting, their campaign, etc. Groups can be public or private (or hidden, but that's not generally very useful). Groups can have a forum, a document area where members can work on documents, a image gallery, and a project management area. The Group Admin (i.e. the group creator) can turn these features on and off.

The general forum area (including group forums) are enhanced over standard Buddypress. They track unread messages, allow attachments and bbcodes, etc. The OSR.SPACE rules are short and simple and can be summed up as: "no real world politics or religion, please" and "don't be a jackass".

Shameless plugs for OSR products, kickstarters etc. are allowed. In fact, publisher members can sign up to be able to post plugs directly to the OSR Announcements column on the front page of the site as well as post plugs in the forum.

If the site proves popular additional features (e.g. free classified ads for members? an integrated Discord server?)

OSR.SPACE is a non-profit, hobbyist site. Membership is free. There will be no third party ads. There will be no google analytics tracking. The site should not cost too much to run, so should manage on Onebookshelf affiliate links and donations.

As the linked post explains, the site is not 100% ready, but it is ready enough to accept registrations and let founding members start using OSR.SPACE to test things out and get things started before the official grand opening.

https://osr.space/

The greatest advantage of G-Plus has been it's capacity to help up-and-comer's find their audience. By connecting directly to the right eyes through the right community, Plus offered an uncommon chance for folks to win credit fast with the quality of their content rather than their name or connections.

My main hope in the post-Plus situation has been for a new platform with this same capacity, of leading content-first, but sadly I've yet to find it. The great frustration of the blogging days was starting from zero without help, left shouting into the void hoping that something, anything one was sharing would get noticed to encourage further effort. I have real concern about the chilling effect a return to that situation will have in the various DIY tabletop communities.

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As I hack out the starship rules for my Traveller-heartbreaker, it becomes increasingly clear I'm incapable of spelling the word manuever maneuveur maneuver.

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