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  1. Just a small update Reviews have been imported quite successfully, a handful of these will need manual cleaning up so I've created a little label that just has 'pending cleanup' on there. On the bottom of all the reviews imported from Race Kites there will be something similar to what's here: \ I'm estimating I'll have the reviews accessible to everyone over the weekend, just a few small things left to clean up which I'll do after the kids go Zzz each night.
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  2. Joel, thank you for what you are doing for the kite community. Very happy to be a part of rejuvenating this incredible sport. Alan / racekites.com
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  3. Thanks Joel. For being tenacious enough to persevere with this project. Your passion for this is amazing. Also for your dedication to the sport and its history. If anyone can do this mate, its you.
    3 points
  4. Again Joel, thanks for all you’ve done. I have now spent a few hours reading through and it really brings the memories back. what amazes me though is how extremely the popularity dropped off. It went from most users implying they spent most of their disposable income on kiting and all their spare time thinking about flying or flying, to most accounts stopping just a couple of years later. I certainly saw a lot less people about flying over this time as well. How can so many people just stop after spending such large amounts of money. Any theories? Any first hand experience?
    2 points
  5. Most excellent work .Joel I was on the flexiforum right back when it was just a black thread based system and there right till the end of kitecrowd (one week there … next nothing but the main page... no warning or anything). Made a number of life long friends so has a very special place in my heart. Still fly but not so often these days good on you mate! (now where's my avatar? - lol)
    2 points
  6. Fantastic news! I loved RaceKites... such a good resource. Thanks for doing this :)
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  7. Another big move in the direction of greater good for the whole land kite community worldwide. Onya @.Joel And a big thanks to @alanshortfor allowing us to carry on his hard work.
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  8. Alan is a top bloke.... I contacted him a few years ago to ask if I could reproduce some race kite flags .not only did he give me permission.. he also sent me the pdf files for the logo... it's fantastic all the useful information well be preserved .. well done
    2 points
  9. nigel

    Restoring 15 Years of Kite Reviews

    Thank you Alan for the huge effort over the years. Thanks .Joel for bringing, and restoring, the kite world together. What a mammoth site this is going to be if you like power kites!! (someone might think I like emojis)
    2 points
  10. Joel, you man are doing a great service. To see those Flexifoil Foil posts of mine from 10 years ago brings a warm glow. Makes me want to buy back my 4.7 Blade 2 and get wrecked by that mean machine again. I grew up on those forums, from static flying, to land boarding and then onto the water where I still am. The people on those forums helped me every bit of the way. I never went the social media route when the forum died, I thought the collective togetherness could never be duplicated on facebook. I so wanted the forums to rise again. Then I received your email. Man did I smile.
    2 points
  11. Heckas leckas 😁
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  12. Hi Joel, I’m really impressed and thankful for what you are doing. I flew power kites from 2003 to about 2012 but after breaking my leg (not kite related!), starting full time work and having kids I sort of forgot about it. However about 2 weeks ago I found my old blade 3 4.9 and took it for a fly and had an absolute blast! I then had I look online to see what has changed since I’ve been away and am very disappointed! What happened? Flexifoil more or less gone, the forums disappeared and barely any second kites available.
    2 points
  13. windstruck

    Extreme Kites moves to .ORG

    Joel - great thanks for your leadership on this important issue. As an American I've always greatly enjoyed getting to know so many of you from around and under the world and of course sharing and learning so much. A rag tag outfit of misfits (just the way we like 'em) keeps Power Kite Forum alive as well. Hold the flag high!
    2 points
  14. that would be great and the imformation is absolutly massive , you could get it all really - in the very early days there was a huge amount of pictures from the early blade days i would love to see them , i'd look at it most nights after tea i'm talking many years before kitecrowd-that was the beginning of the end but good luck what ever you can get -it would be good to bring back the early days even for a moment the bullet had just come out and i got a red 4.5 and a early green flexdeck
    1 point
  15. Pari

    Restoring 20 Years of Kiting History

    Great stuff Joel. Most impressed with your dedication and expertise.
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  17. .Joel

    Launching the Library : Downloads

    Huge thank you to @andy666 and @Mfwetu for your amazing contributions to the library. I've slipped the first Magazine in there today
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  18. Some of the content is starting to appear in the main Forum sections, there's about 1.7M posts and I've moved a good bulk (bit over half) of them at the moment however it's going to take the server quite a few hours to index and rebuild those topics after being imported and then complete the other half. It's also busy merging account statistics from people that had accounts on both websites. Tomorrow (technically today) I'll send out a Newsletter explaining what has happened and welcoming the old KiteCrowd members. I thought I'll hold off that until the system catches up and reindexes e
    1 point
  19. Wow, that graph really tapered off to nothing. It feels accurate with my own experiences and of buggy friends who drifted away. Social media fragmented the forums but I did not follow them onto those platforms so I stayed and watched it get quieter and quieter. I'm optimistic, however, that the sport will one day make a return, because no matter how sophisticated people become in their lives, there's nothing like harnessing the power of the wind for a free ride. Just as there'll always be sailing, so too will the possibility of kite traction. It has a future, it will be rediscovered and t
    1 point
  20. Mfwetu

    Extreme Kites moves to .ORG

    This is a fantastic initiative @.Joel. The new format is great - easy to navigate and a real treasure trove where anybody with even a remote interest in kites and kiting can lose themselves for hours. What I particularly like is the welcoming and inclusive message behind it. Well done and a massive Thank You!
    1 point
  21. Well it has been a bit over a week so just want to share where I'm up to and the progress. 165,000 posts that I discovered were 'hidden' and they've now been released and will be visible. 35,000 accounts of which about 14,000 are no longer active or invalid, I'm just waiting on a final report on the remaining accounts to finalise cleaning these up. 52 individual discussion forums which I'm now cleaning up and will merge some to reduce the total number of different discussion areas. Here's a little snapshot of the historical activity that Flexifoil Forums / KiteCrowd had and the o
    1 point
  22. .Joel

    Extreme Kites moves to .ORG

    @SoutherlyBuster there's no Facebook group only a Page. Content throughout the community will be selected to be featured on the new 'Our Picks' section which will automatically be pushed through to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
    1 point
  23. I can already see the incredible potential of what this library section can be. Lately, it is becoming harder to find information on older kites. Often having to trawl through old websites, forums and broken links that lead nowhere, just to find something as simple as a user manual. the library could be a one-stop shop for manuals, mods, repairs, guides or anything else that will help out the current community and newcomers to the sport. 👍
    1 point
  24. bakersdozen

    Extreme Kites moves to .ORG

    This is such exciting news and all really important work to propel us as a community and move ahead in solidarity. I'm super excited - anyone else?
    1 point
  25. Really appreciate everyone's comments. Something quite fortuitous happened, I required some old software to complete this process so had to load up some really old drives and stumbled over thousands of photos that used to be here! I'll share more on this in a separate post, but at the moment the amount of content that will be returning is quite mind blowing
    1 point
  26. we used to believe that if something was on the internet then it was there and accessible forever. But apparently this is not the case. And before it is completely lost, it’s important to archive what is important to our community. You are saving history @.Joel
    1 point
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