The Golden Age of Hollywood

Dear members,

I'm sending out this notice to the membership to see if we could re-ignite the network. I know I personally have not been as involved as I used to be. Mostly because I have gotten busy with other things and not because my interest in classic films has waned. I know life often gets in the way of the things we love and enjoy. I'm certainly going to make more of an effort to be more involved when possible.

That said though I want the members to be aware that I am considering not renewing the contract with Ning this July when the fee comes due and closing the site down permanently. It's something I have given a lot of thought to because of the lack of active participation here anymore. I know many members probably use Facebook to keep up with friends and follow their hobbies. I know I certainly use it quite a lot, but I am thinking of deleting my Facebook account for various reasons. Doing so would probably encourage me to spend more time here at GAOH, but only if there is something to spend time for. For months now I have come by the site only to see one or two posts and sometimes no posts in a week. Most of the posts I do see have been by just a few people. I wish there was a way of recruiting new members without being considered spam because I do think some fresh blood could breath new life into the place.

Also, it looks like Ning's push to try and move everyone over to the Ning 3.0 platform has stalled out for some reason. I set up a sandbox account to migrate everything over to but they still do not have many of the features I like on this platform yet available and I am not going to transition over without that being done. Besides that though I like this layout better.

I hope to hear from some of you about this topic. Please feel free to add any comments and suggestions you may have below.

Kevin

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Comment by kareng on February 11, 2016 at 9:09am

I think Silent Films and Early Talkies is a must-keep group btw.  And Bonkers about Buster.  Name That Star.  Precode Cuties.  Probs Hammer Horrors because a lot of people are horror fans (not me!).  Also Don't Touch that Dial.  These are some of my fav groups, that I like reading comments from (well, not the horror one, I just know horror generally has a huge following).

Comment by Michael B. Druxman on February 1, 2016 at 8:48am
I know I don't visit as often as I did, probably because many of the folks I used to interact with don't come around much any longer. But, maybe we can change that,
Comment by diane on January 30, 2016 at 3:55am

Reading all the comments, it was wonderful to reconnect with people that I remembered from
this wonderful group. I haven't been on for so long. I joined facebook over a year ago and I
now feel I have so much confidence. Again I'm sorry that I haven't been on for a while, the new
look is terrific. I do agree with Kareng about grouping movies in decades, genres etc. I will really try to get back more often and I so wish everyone here the best.

Comment by kareng on January 28, 2016 at 8:02am

Hi Kevin and everyone, I've loved this site since about 2009 when I kinda accidentally discovered it whilst looking for pictures on the internet of stars of the golden age of Hollywood.  I'd be so sad if it wasn't here anymore.  I love connecting with like minded people, people who love old classic movies and the bygone eras that they come from.  I've met wonderful people here, and I'd just wonder forever what happened to them if I couldn't meet up with them here.  It has been sad too though when 'good friends' from here have left.  Its been an amazing online experience for me.  I had never been involved in a social website ever before until GAOH.  I've learnt lots about connecting with people online, and learnt so much about films since I've joined - the educational experience about films alone has been phenomenal.  The people that come to this site are truly special.  Its a lovely site with really nice people.  Speaking to and reading comments and blogs and things by some of the experts and authorities on film that visit this site has been truly gratifying too. I really hope GAOH is always here in some shape or form, preferably this format because it is so easy to get around and visit the various places on here, whether it be joining in on a game, or adding pictures, or commenting in a group (which I must admit I haven't done for awhile.  I did always like the conversations with people at the Precode Cuties group).  As groups go I've enjoyed the group about TV shows, think its called "don't touch that dial".  I like the group about silent movies too that The Giant Jeffrey contributes a lot to (or used to, not sure I haven't visited that recently, but will make more of an effort to come by these groups, and participate, and try and think up some good discussions).  Just thought, maybe with the Groups they could be grouped more in a decade style, the Thirties, Forties, Fifties, etc.. including 1920's, 1910's, etc.  perhaps instead of groups for individual actors and actresses.. just a random off the top of my head thought.  Just thinking about the minimising of the amount of groups, because I agree with you Kevin, there are way too many.  Also if  games like Name That Star were revived here again, as they always did well to attract participants, and lots of fun discussions whilst trying to unravel those faces.  Anyways I have loved this site so much, it is unique, and its a pleasure to meet so many people who love the movies of yesteryear, and more contemporary movie lovers too.  The art of movie making has always held a true fascination for me, since I was a young girl, and I've been in awe of all things and people 'movie making' all my life. 

Comment by Ktrek on January 28, 2016 at 1:24am

For anyone interested I turned on Facebook integration today and Twitter. You should be able to share posts to your Facebook pages now that you create here or anyone's posts for that matter.

Also Rosie mentions that she would be glad to post on her Facebook page to help promote the site. You can add a banner to your page by using this link:

http://goldenageofhollywood.ning.com/main/embeddable/list

You can also access the banner at any time by scrolling down to about midway on the right hand column of any page.

I would also like to thank those who have commented and trust me when I say that they are valued and appreciated. My intention is to keep GAOH alive if there is more member participation and if we reach the annual fund drive goal at the end of June. 

I'd also like to address Philip's comment about making the site broader and I have never been against any discussions about more modern films. You can post personal blogs about anything movie related. The main thrust of the site has been pre-1960 films and will remain that way but if anyone wants to talk about modern films that's fine by me. If anyone (Philip?) would like to create a discussion group for just that I think it would be appropriate because then only those members who want to discuss modern films and stars have a place to go and do that and if someone isn't interested they do not have to read the posts or join the group.

I'd also appreciate some feedback about maybe whittling down the groups and clean it up a bit. What groups would you say are MUST STAY and which would you like to see gone? Any suggestions?

Kevin

Comment by Andrew on January 27, 2016 at 4:37pm
As I am a very new member here I suppose it comes without asking that I would like to see the site continue. I'm a great fan of classic Hollywood and got excited when I saw a semi exclusive site dedicated to that era and the films it produced. It's true that on my initial visit the place seemed a little dead, most posts/comments dating several years back. However in the last week things have picked up a bit, which is great.

All that said I completely understand if it's necessary to put this site out to pasture. Sooner or later all good things must come to an end. I only hope enough interest will be expressed here that the end might be postponed for a few years more.
Comment by Helen on January 27, 2016 at 2:57pm

Hello, thanks for the reminder.

I have not been able to keep up with the site due to family obligations.  Until I am retired I won't have time to contribute or participate as I have cut out just about everything in the past two years. I haven't cut out my family history research and that is all I have time for now in my free time.

That is the only positive thing about facebook, is that I can join a group there and if I can't participate I still remain a member and can check in every one in awhile and be as active or non-active as I like.

I appreciate all you have done on this site and enjoyed the time I spent her previously. I wish I had the time to pick up and get involved again, as I do value this site and the quality is the finest.  I prefer this site over what TCM has done.

Comment by John G. on January 27, 2016 at 2:46pm

I loved that there was a group devoted to Film Noir, but it wasn't busy enough for me to make a special trip here. I do love the idea of the group and am sad it might be coming to an end, but I am in the The Old Movie Guy's Page on Facebook. And I'm on Facebook all the time anyway so that is my current "fix" for old movies.

Comment by Rosie Sayer on January 27, 2016 at 1:05pm

I love this site, although sometimes I go for long periods without checking in here. This is the only place I can go to talk about old movies with people who know what I'm talking about (other than a couple friends I talk to on the phone). I LOVE old movies. There are, of course, many great movies still being made, and some of my all-time favorites were made in the decades after 1960; however, I have a passionate interest in OLD movies specifically. I love the actors of the time, the genres (especially screwball comedies), the depictions of an earlier American culture, and I just love black and white! I personally hope that this site will be around forever and will remain dedicated to the oldies.

I think those of us who use Facebook could perhaps help launch a campaign on FB to recruit new members. Kevin, how about running a contest to motivate the members? Just a thought. I will see what I can do with my own Facebook page. Is there a particular link I could post on my page to encourage people to visit GAOH? I would be happy to post it if there is. I know that to explore GAOH one has to be a member.

I will see what I can do regarding uploads. I have some vintage stuff I've never scanned.

Kevin, once again I want to thank you for all the time you put into keeping this site going. We all have busy lives, and I'm sure you do, too. I want you to know that it is appreciated. This site has made an enormous contribution to my quality of life! I'm also a member of the TCM site and visit a few others, but nothing compares to GAOH.

Comment by Bryan James on January 27, 2016 at 7:33am

Thanks for the reminder - I have to admit I had gotten out of the habit of visiting and posting but will try harder! I've just spent ages looking around, it would be a shame to lose such a great site. My only criticism is that it is almost too good! :) I suppose what I mean by that is there are some many options to like or comment - perhaps the forum is a good place to start? Or, in my case, restart,

I've also been busy with my own forum on Doris Day: http://www.dorisday.net/forum/

Sometimes I can see about 25 people online but no one posts (they say only 1 in 100 visitors comment). It can be a bit discouraging if you've spent time and effort, And, as here, it's usually down to about a dozen loyalists while other come and go. Sometime one person upsets another and you can easily lose a very positive contributor, despite trying to reassured the offended party. 

Anyway, I promise to contribute more in the future and will mention it on my own forum - I think a lot of people there would like it (some here already).

In case you decide not to renew the hosting fees - and I totally get that - for anyone who wants to save the site for future reference, I've come across a great free program called HTTrack Website Copier. You just enter the url and choose the setting you want and it will download the whole site (any site) including images. Works fine on Windows 10: http://www.httrack.com/  (I've downladed more than 100MB so far!

Thanks again for a great site, Ken!

Bryan

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