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Public Service Announcement: gplus's anti-spam algorithms are sometimes too eager, and a post will remain invisible for hours or forever. As a reader, you may be able to see these posts by visiting the community periodically, which will also give you a chance to catch up on conversations in the comments on posts. As a poster, if you suspect your post has not been seen, you can visit the community in an incognito window to see if it is visible or not. (It seems that YouTube links are particularly vulnerable to silent squashing, but as ever, we're not told what the algorithms are.)

On a related note, gplus sometimes filters posts into a moderation queue, where the moderators can review their suitability. If the mods approve a post, it might nevertheless have been delayed for a few hours. If we reject a post, we'll normally let the poster know, and in any case the post will continue to be visible in the poster's own profile.

If you have any queries about moderation or posting policies in a community, please PM your moderators +Chris Westcott and +Ed S

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Retronauts, join up at Retro Computing for everything from clockwork to the 16-bit home computers! Taking in relays, tubes, transistors and integrated circuits. From machine code to Forth, Fortran and Lisp, and more besides. From the mainframe to the micro. A good place for stories about old computers (but not the place for newer consoles, modern gaming or demos, sorry - there are machine-specific communities for those.)

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Retro Computing Community: A museum of all things Computing where we share stories and information about vintage computers, from cogwheels or relays through transistors and chips, from experimental machines through mainframes to 8-bit and 16-bit home computers. We're interested in software and hardware...
https://plus.google.com/communities/109052413018437647853

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+Ian Rawlings gave us the idea to mention some platform-specific communities (if you want even more retro posts to look at, or if you'd like somewhere to discuss games or demos or chiptunes(*), or you want to dig out some good technical info and share it here too) - here's a selection of 8-bitters:
- ZX Spectrum:
https://plus.google.com/communities/110564781368995161412
- VIC-20:
https://plus.google.com/communities/103869956277497928277
- C64:
https://plus.google.com/communities/105231950211306933212
- BBC Micro and Acorn:
https://plus.google.com/communities/100175278680673324727
- Apple II:
https://plus.google.com/communities/116864515128524666423
and
https://plus.google.com/communities/104902709066627207179
- Atari 8-bit:
https://plus.google.com/communities/110499167499504639609
- TRS-80 CoCo:
https://plus.google.com/communities/115878710267898515444
- NES:
https://plus.google.com/communities/113001120962671696796
- Oric:
https://plus.google.com/communities/111839937040412180340
- ZX80 and ZX81:
https://plus.google.com/communities/103486133638828858759
- MSX:
https://plus.google.com/s/msx/communities
(*) Which is to say, we prefer not to discuss games, chiptunes or demoscene over here, in part because they are very platform-specific. But technical stories about the writing of games are welcome!

Celebrating our 2^10 member - 1024 community members and growing

The Retro Computing community was set up late 2012 and quickly gained a following of members that post regularly about a wide range of nostalgic machines and systems throughout history.  I’m amazed that there are so many people out there that share in my passion by posting, commenting or reading.  Virtually no moderation is needed, which is stark contrast to most other communities, and the quality of posts is always very high, including plenty of original content directly from members.

It’s quite a breakthrough number and thank you all for contributing as you have done.  I’m hoping that we can regain some of the momentum that we began to build at the beginning of the year by doing some more Hangouts and also perhaps some themes of discussion beyond just single posts.

To kick this off, how about some 1024 related posts?
What machines can you think of that had just 1024kB of RAM?
What feats of programming have you seen in such constrained (and even more constrained) systems?

#1024

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We have extremely linear growth of community membership.  It's good to see that the content also remains of such a high quality.  Pretty soon we'll have our 1000th member!

I've not done a round up in quite a while but if you just have a quick peek at the CircleCount page you'll see a summarised view of recent posts.
Currently there are 884 Retro Computing community members.  952 are projected by 20th June.  Looks like we'll be reaching 1000 very soon!

Now I'm starting to get things back into order, I'm feeling like it might be time to go on a recruitment drive*.

* I'm very wary about post quality dropping with an increase in the wrong type of membership.

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Lack of Engagement

Just a quick post from +Chris Westcott to mention why moderation has been quiet for a while.  I'd usually do a monthly round up and along with help from +Ed S now have the tools to make these relatively easy to do.  I've not been able to find the time to do one for April / May and am not entirely sure when I will be able to resume.

I currently have some personal issues that are keeping me from being able to engage in the way I have previously.  When the dust settles expect usual service to resume!

One thing I have noticed, when I've been able to drop in, is that the community continues to grow and that the quality of posts is very high.  I'm very proud of the way this community is shaping and you've all been key to this.  Thanks all :)

Lack of Engagement

Just a quick post from +Chris Westcott to mention why moderation has been quiet for a while.  I'd usually do a monthly round up and along with help from +Ed S now have the tools to make these relatively easy to do.  I've not been able to find the time to do one for April / May and am not entirely sure when I will be able to resume.

I currently have some personal issues that are keeping me from being able to engage in the way I have previously.  When the dust settles expect usual service to resume!

One thing I have noticed, when I've been able to drop in, is that the community continues to grow and that the quality of posts is very high.  I'm very proud of the way this community is shaping and you've all been key to this.  Thanks all :)

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Retro Computing Hangouts - a not so European affair!

We've not had a community Hangout for a few weeks now and are long overdue one.  

So we are planning!  Please leave feedback in comments below!

Previously we promised that our next one would be:
* On a weekend
* More time friendly to the US, Antipodeans, and other members outside of Europe
* Focused discussion
* Recorded, ie, Hangout On Air.

What?  Our last two Hangouts were open.  We showed some kit we owned and chatted about all things Retro, but it would be good if there's a specific item you'd like to talk about too.  Perhaps you were an expert with a system or have something really interesting to show.

When? We're proposing a Saturday at 9pm UTC+0, ie, Saturday afternoon / early evening in US and Canada, Sunday morning in Australia and New Zealand!  This time means that at least one moderator can make it from the UK and set things up (we don't have any elsewhere yet).

Who?
How many of you are likely to want to join in?  Obviously the more the merrier (although there are Hangout limits if you want to be an active participant.)
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First Quarter Retrospect

Google+ Communities were released three months and a day ago.  Retro Computing was set up when Google allowed user created communities and is now ¼ of a year old!  I’m constantly impressed by the material shared and the passion that others also have in machines of old.  I’m either learning new things or being reminded of things I’d forgotten practically constantly.  Thank you!

Growth in terms of membership has been increasing linearly since creation and we’re now at over 530.  Participation is good and I’m really pleased that the mood of the community is good.  We’ve not had to step in and moderate anything other than spam.  Quality of posts and commentary is extremely high.

In the last month we hosted our second Hangout.  There was quite a false start as we were hoping to set it up as On Air, however due to a failure on my behalf we couldn’t.  Any further Hangouts will be recorded however so that you don’t miss out if you can’t make it!  If you have an idea for a Hangout topic, or want to host one then just ask.  The next one will be on a Saturday so that non-European members will hopefully be able to join us..

With more people we can have more great content and interaction.  The community is purely the way that it is because of the members.  So please, feel free to share posts back out of the community to your circles.

If you have comments on these monthly round-ups then let us know.  This is true of anything else community related you want to discuss.  Both Ed S and myself are approachable and more than happy to help.

Finally - please provide feedback whether you like these posts or not.  If they are too spammy then please say and I can either stop them or find a way to change the way they are delivered.
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