It gained a life of its own and by August that year it was nearly full, so she started a second one. I notice that one of the early posts there, said “Pseudo - was that your most successful thread ever?” Oh, if only she had known what lay ahead. The chain of threads continued, typically taking around a month to fill, although at times of the highest drama threads would move fast, which explains why around 6 years later, we are close to starting thread 100.
Most of those threads were started by Pseudo, although she has since passed the reigns on, and the self-organising collective of regular posters has managed not to drop the baton.
I said above that the rate at which threads filled up fluctuated as posters responded to dramatic events in Ambridge (Kirsty’s scream-wrenching abandonment on her wedding day was an early high point, but I’m sure you all know or can guess what storyline of the past few years sent the rate to stratospheric levels ). This intrigued me enough to record the start date and number of posts for each thread in a spreadsheet, and so observe how the posting rate moved around.
That means I know that we have made between us over 95,000 posts in our discussion of The Archers. (We tend to move on before reaching the 1,000 limit). In a few months, we will reach 100,000 posts!
In the end, MNHQ gave us this --> [ archers ] I’ve always taken it to represent the community spirit on this thread, much as The Bull is a focus of the community in Ambridge.
So, what should we do to celebrate thread 100 or 100,000 posts? Ask for another smiley? What would it be and what would it mean? I know some have floated the idea of representing 'BOOP' which is a word users came up with (named after user BitOutOfPractice) to mean something that we wanted to praise about an Archers episode (as a counter to always being critical).
I wonder if we should just ask for a BADGER smiley, to remember our founder? Even just her unerring ability to think up witty thread titles over the years is surely reason enough to honour her. I’m open to what it could represent…
* That's why I don't use the word emoji in this context*
Quite right - MN has emoticons which render consistently and are much better than the platform-variable emojis. In some cases they're unique, in other cases (like the wine glass) they're simply nicer. I'm sure MN tech could make a nice forward-facing badger face emoticon.
Did you know that while "emoticon" obviously derives from "emotion", the word "emoji" is purely coincidental as it comes from Japanese e meaning "picture" and moji meaning character (as in symbol) - nothing to do with emotion? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emoji
Wow that's a big achievement. I was posting regularly on the Archers threads. Nearly 2 years ago I decided I couldn't listen to Pip anymore ! I do smile though when I see Archers regulars on other threads. That includes you Dad3
Sometimes not being able to sleep and browsing MN at stupid-o’clock has its benefits, as I’ve discovered there’s threads about the archers!!!! We listen every night when putting DS to bed (apart from Saturdays, grr) Now I just need to actually find said Archers threads...
While we're talking emojis, I helped work on a project for Japanese teletext, which was called the 'Moji' project. Now I know why! All our chips had stupid names, (though often ending in IC), so I never thought to question it. We had 3 Japanese men over working on our site for a while, it was an interesting cultural exchange.
What about a bow and arrow emoticon? Or an arrow hitting a target?