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Bart Torfs (Bart)
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From: Belgium
Posts: 5001
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Dear members of Coticule.be

After 2 years of existence, Coticule.be is slowly approaching the cape of 1000 members. Server logs show that the number of visitors in search of information, or merely to take a peek, exceeds the actual membership by far. It has been an unforeseen success, certainly the expansion - and at times escalation - of our "Cafeteria", which was originally only intended the become a small helpdesk for Coticule users and a virtual dungeon for those unfortunate souls who became bewitched by their cherished rocks. 5 posts per week tops, by initial estimation.

The reality has been different. During the last months, we have an average of over 250 weekly posts. It is exhilarating to see this community thrive, but it also confronts us with difficulties: the 5 associates are at their limit of the available time they can to donate to Coticule.be. The software extension on which the Cafeteria runs, is no longer being further developed and not entirely equipped to deal with the needs of a growing community. As a result, other aspects of Coticule.be, that we deem equally important, such as our research work and the informational articles we produce, are becoming more and more orphaned by the time consuming fostering of the Cafeteria.

After consideration, we have opted to transfer the public forum of Coticule.be to an entirely new platform, running on dedicated forum software (phpBB ), hosted by an ISP, that offers better bandwidth and storage than the current one. Because the activity in the Cafeteria already pointed in that direction, we have decided to widen the scope of this new platform to a full-fledged forum about the artisan ways of traditional shaving with "cutthroat" razor, brush and strop. As such, the new platform will probably attract more members than the thoroughbred Coticuleer, and likely also welcome starting shavers. The atmosphere will be of the same open-mindedness as you've been enjoying in our Cafeteria, with our known proclivity for empirically verifiable information.

Coticule.be will remain open as an information base and research center of Belgian hones and adjacent crafts, as this has always been our core goal. Though the public discussions and announcements will be made at our new, external forum. To assure this forum of a prosperous future for years to come, we have assembled an entirely new team of 10 guys who've earned their stripes in the world of traditional shaving and as members of the Internet community that connects shavers from around the globe. The name of this new forum is ArtisanShaving.org. Its team will fare an independent course of Coticule.be, albeit at present, all Coticule.be associates are also on board of the ArtisanShaving team.

ArtisanShaving will open on December 1st. From then on, it will no longer be possible to start new threads in the Cafeteria of Coticule.be. You will be able to reply in existing threads until December 15th. At that point, the Cafeteria will become a fully searchable read-only archive of past threads. The Coticule.be FAQ team will complete its task of digging through the archive to turn all recurring questions and their answers into comprehensive FAQ articles.

We contemplated to simply copy Coticule.be's members list to ArtisanShaving. It would have been convenient for you to find your account over there, activated and awaiting you to start posting. However, legal and practical issues have made us decide otherwise. We hereby invite you to visit www.artisanshaving.org and enlist for membership. While the forum is not yet officially open, and while we are still making some final layout tweaks, you can already sign up for membership.

We dare to make a strong plea for you to join us at ArtisanShaving. We are proud that Coticule.be reached a membership of 800. That number is for us, associates, the recognition of hard and earnest work during the previous 2 years. If this means anything to you, we hope that you will support this important step for the betterment of our community, by signing up at the our new and improved forum. We hope to see you all back at ArtisanShaving.

With best regards,
The Associates team of Coticule.be
Then the light shone, trumpets sounded and I got to the other side, where men shave with smiles on their faces, razors pop hairs, and a continuous choir singing «~~Keen and Smooth~~» is heard everywhere. (Matt)
2011-11-24 20:40
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Wim Decraene (decraew)
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From: Belgium
Posts: 447
It' been a pleasure here Bart !
Up to ArtisanShaving !
2011-11-24 21:16
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Torben Pedersen (torbenbp)
Advisor
From: Denmark
Posts: 1024
It shall indeed be interresting to see how this transfer turns out.
I hope for the best and hopefully many trusted members will make the transfer.

Though I must say that http://www.artisanshaving.org/ looks like any other site.Very anonymous and rather ..well.. unimportant. Perhaps this will change as well. One can hope so.

But I wish the core members and associates of coticule.be the best of luck!

Kindly
Torbs
Torben Pedersen
Moellevaenget 15 2th
7900 Nykoebing Mors
Denmark
"If it works dont break it..?"
2011-11-24 22:30
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Pieter Ketelings (Pithor)
From: Finland
Posts: 89
Us here being 'coticuleers' as you have so poetically stated, may I hope there will be a special 'coticule cave' in there somewhere?
Loose, footloose!
Put on the Sunday roast!
2011-11-24 23:10
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Toff
From: United States
Posts: 240
I will be there! May the site and all its members prosper!
`Richard "Toff the Geezer."
"Life is a journey between birth and death, preferably undertaken with panache!""
2011-11-25 00:23
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gary haywood (garyhaywood)
Advisor
From: United Kingdom
Posts: 1678
looking forward to the new forum, will mis this one also.

gary
gary haywood
2011-11-25 00:27
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Matt
Associate
From: Poland
Posts: 1047
Ooooh, I see the ghost has been released. :)

icontorbenbp:
Though I must say that http://www.artisanshaving.org/ looks like any other site.Very anonymous and rather ..well.. unimportant. Perhaps this will change as well. One can hope so.


That hurt. ;) Well, we're well aware it does need a few things. Life kicks in, though :/

regards,
Matt
"Very interesting indeed :) I did something similar with cheese a while ago" - Dr Ralfson
2011-11-25 00:52
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SlowRain
Posts: 27
I'd just like to make the suggestion to ensure the new site is fully optimized for phones. I actually do a fair bit of browsing on my phone.

I'm looking forward to it.
2011-11-25 01:44
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Paul
Advisor
From: United States
Posts: 1388
Unimportant? Looks like we hit the mark, then... It is only shaving after all :D
Paul
"Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it" - Greg Anderson
my blog- and it works again :p
2011-11-25 02:08
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Bart Torfs (Bart)
Associate
From: Belgium
Posts: 5001
iconSlowRain:
I'd just like to make the suggestion to ensure the new site is fully optimized for phones. I actually do a fair bit of browsing on my phone.

I'm looking forward to it.


One of the new Associates at ArtisanShaving is occupied into that line of field. I expect that we will get Tapatalk up and running in the foreseeable future.
icontorbenbp:


Though I must say that http://www.artisanshaving.org/ looks like any other site.Very anonymous and rather ..well.. unimportant. Perhaps this will change as well. One can hope so.


Well, without threads and without any engrossing conversations to fill them, any forum is pretty meaningless. There are currently only the 42 threads, containing 702 posts, that the associates team filled while making all the necessary preparations and policy agreements. But these can't make you feel at home, because you haven't made it your home yet...:)
A forum is only as good as its ruling atmosphere, and that is not made with layout, but instead created by the people who take part in the discourse.

I shall miss what we have had here in the Cafeteria, but I am certain that we can't stop the direction this community was heading anyway, and the decision to split off the forum has only been made to give oxygen to both put growing community and to Coticule.be as a informational website about Belgian natural hones. The future will be what we all make of it.

Kind regards,
Bart.
Then the light shone, trumpets sounded and I got to the other side, where men shave with smiles on their faces, razors pop hairs, and a continuous choir singing «~~Keen and Smooth~~» is heard everywhere. (Matt)
2011-11-25 02:34
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John Spiers (squeezyjohn)
From: United Kingdom
Posts: 84
Can I just thank all the people here who have made this forum one of the most pleasurable ones to be a member of. Special thanks for help directly and indirectly to Bart, Ralfy & Gary H.

I have learnt a great deal about a very difficult art to convey in the written word here due to the very helpful members and general feeling of conviviality. I will, of course sign up to the new place.

Cheers - and thanks once again

Squeezy
I'm growing a moustache for the whole of MOVEMBER and will be raising money for men's health charities throughout the month. To see how it's getting on and details of how to donate or get involved see http://mobro.co/squeezy
2011-11-25 03:14
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TM280
Insider
From: Norway
Posts: 270
iconBart:


Well, without threads and without any engrossing conversations to fill them, any forum is pretty meaningless. There are currently only the 42 threads, containing 702 posts, that the associates team filled while making all the necessary preparations and policy agreements. But these can't make you feel at home, because you haven't made it your home yet...:)
A forum is only as good as its ruling atmosphere, and that is not made with layout, but instead created by the people who take part in the discourse.

I shall miss what we have had here in the Cafeteria, but I am certain that we can't stop the direction this community was heading anyway, and the decision to split off the forum has only been made to give oxygen to both put growing community and to Coticule.be as a informational website about Belgian natural hones. The future will be what we all make of it.

Kind regards,
Bart.


Looks like the right move. Even though, I will miss the easy going simplicity of the Cafeteria. But I expect I will come to love all the bells and whistles.:rolleyes:
I have the same hope as Pithor, that there could be a dedicated coticule section. Perhaps it will prove to be unnecessary, but I can envision its usefulness...

I'm happy that there are enough of us with the time to make all this work. Thanks a lot!:thumbup:

regards,
Torolf
2011-11-25 07:35
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Jose Roncal (du212)
From: Spain
Posts: 17
Good luck Bart, I'll follow to visit coticule.be, but I want to start in the new forum.

In the other hand, as webmaster of the spanish forum foroafeitado, I offer my humble experience and help for everything else that you want to ask me.
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Jose
www.foroafeitado.com
2011-11-25 08:46
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Torben Pedersen (torbenbp)
Advisor
From: Denmark
Posts: 1024
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That hurt. Well, we're well aware it does need a few things. Life kicks in, though :/




Oooooops! Sorry Matt,I did`nt realize you were involved in the design :blush:

I`m sure it will all be peachy,fine and dandy,a superb multimedia experience...;)

No,I`m sure it will be fine.

Kindly
Torbs
Torben Pedersen
Moellevaenget 15 2th
7900 Nykoebing Mors
Denmark
"If it works dont break it..?"
2011-11-25 13:29
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Dr Ralfson Bwhahaha (tat2Ralfy)
Associate
Posts: 3610
icontorbenbp:
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That hurt. Well, we're well aware it does need a few things. Life kicks in, though :/




Oooooops! Sorry Matt,I did`nt realize you were involved in the design :blush:

I`m sure it will all be peachy,fine and dandy,a superb multimedia experience...;)

No,I`m sure it will be fine.

Kindly
Torbs


Hahahahaha

Seriously we are still working on things, and with a week to go I am sure it will be delightful :blink:

Regards
Ralfson (Dr)
We Are All Pioneers In Our Own Right.
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2011-11-25 13:42