Well, it's been an interesting ride. We registered this domain way back in August 2004 in response to the closing of CBC's open web forums, and little did we expect at the time that we would still be going here almost 15 years later. A lot of posters have come and gone over that time. We hope we have at least provided some entertaiment, and some sadly all too infrequent intelligent conversation. To all the former participants who have joined and left us over the years, we wish you all the best! To the online friends who have passed on from this life, we hope you are at peace. To anyone still looking for this former site, if we can help you find what you are looking for or if you just want to connect in other ways, we can still be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Some of you will have my personal contact info as well - your correspondence is always welcome.
It has become long since apparent that a discussion forum without moderation is just not a practical reality on today's internet. While the concept of free speech is exceedingly precious, it's also obvious that given the opportunity any place that truly embodies that spirit is simply going to be flooded with extremism and hate trying to drown out everything else. I don't have a solution, I'll leave that to others to search for and hopefully one day find, but I no longer want to provide a platform for just more ugliness in the world. There is already quite enough of that - if that is what you desire, no worries you won't have to look far.
I'll leave you all with a simple tenet to live by; "Good thoughts, good words, good deeds." If I have any regrets it's that I'm sorry this website was not able to embody that philosophy.
Take care and be well.
Blair (aka KK)
(edit) March 26, 2020 - Well folks, these are extraordinary times. I never thought a pandemic would come along and change everything, but now I find myself missing a place to post and discuss the latest happenings. Since I am at home "self isolating", this is probably a good time to spool up the successor to the former FreeCBC. New server is on the way, so stay tuned - there will be something new here in a few weeks. In the meantime, stay safe, practice social distancing, and look after those who need a hand. We will type to you all soon.
(edit) June 2, 2021 - I've been spending a lot of time thinking about what I could do to create a new forum. Life during this pandemic has been far from fun though and so it keeps getting put off till the future. Looking at other forums around the internet however (and CBC I'm looking at you), the discussions mostly seem to get quickly overrun by anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers and people who think all those people in hospital and all those families who have lost loved ones are a hoax. Basically contemptible people who don't give a shit about anyone but themselves. I don't want to give another voice to those people, to say they disgust me is a huge understatement. Something may again appear in this space going foward, but now is not the time. My heartfelt symathy goes out to everyone who has been negatively impacted by COVID, especially those who have paid the ultimate price. Stay well, stay safe, better days are ahead. History will judge us all accordingly.