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The '''Oddworld Forums''' are an unofficial Internet forums for fans of [[Oddworld]]. They are owned by [[Abe Babe]] and [[Alcar]], and currently contain over 18 thousand threads, 475 thousand posts, and 7500 registered members. Among the members are past and present Oddworld Inhabitants and Just Add Water employees, including [[Alf]] and [[Stewart Gilray]].
The <b>Oddworld Forums</b> are an unofficial Internet forums for fans of [[Oddworld]]. They are owned by [[Abe Babe]] and [[Alcar]], and currently contain over 20 thousand threads, 625 thousand posts, and 14 thousand registered members. Among the members are past and present Oddworld Inhabitants employees and other [[Oddworld videogames|Oddworld videogame]] developers, including [[Alf]] and [[Stewart Gilray]].


The Oddworld Forums were founded in 2000 by Sydney Cander, who co-administered the site alongside Abe Babe until he left the community in 2002. For a while, the site was identified as a component of [[OddNet]] along with [[Oddworld-Web]], [[Oddworld Universe]] and [[OddChat]]. The Forums’ current active administrators are [[Max the Mug]] and [[Nate]].
The Oddworld Forums were founded in <time>2000</time> by [[Sydney|Sydney Cander]], who co-administered the site alongside Abe Babe until he left the community in <time>2002</time>. For a while, the site was identified as a component of [[OddNet]] along with [[Oddworld-Web]], [[Oddworld Universe]] and [[OddChat]]. The Forums' current administrators are [[Nate]], [[Wil]] and [[Xavier]].


== History ==
== History ==
'''Oddworldian Forums''' was first created on ezboard on 11 May 2000 to accompany [[Oddworldian]], the fansite of [[Sydney|Sydney Cander]].<ref name="FOM10"/> Fan Corner was opened on 30 June 2000 to accomodate fan fiction stories.<ref name="FCopens"/> Some time between 11 and 19 July the message board was renamed Oddworld Forums.<ref name="AbeBabeJoinsEC"/><ref name="FirstOWF"/> Sydney made [[Abe Babe]] co-administrator of the Forums at the start of July in advance of her opening of [[Oddworld-Web]].<ref name="AbeBabeAdmin"/><ref name="OWWOddworldian"/><ref name="OWWOWW"/>
<b>Oddworldian Forums</b> was first created on ezboard on <time datetime="2000-05-11">11 May 2000</time> to accompany [[Oddworldian]], an Oddworld fansite created by [[Sydney]].<ref name="Sydney Fan of the Month"/> Fan Corner was opened on <time datetime="2000-06-30">30 June 2000</time> to accomodate fan fiction stories.<ref name="Fan Corner opens"/> Some time between <time datetime="2000-07-11">11</time> and <time datetime="2000-07-19">19 July</time> the message board was renamed Oddworld Forums.<ref name="AbeBabeJoinsEC"/><ref name="FirstOWF"/> Sydney made [[Abe Babe]] co-administrator of the Forums at the start of <time datetime="2000-07">July</time> in advance of the opening of her fansite, [[Oddworld-Web]].<ref name="AbeBabeAdmin"/><ref name="OWWOddworldian"/><ref name="OWWOWW"/>


After receiving a number of complaints about the increased number of adverts appearing on the Oddworld Forums, Sydney, Abe Babe and Elum decided to create new Oddworld Forums powered by Ultimate Bulletin Board, an ad-free system. These were opened on 12 April 2001.<ref name="ubbez"/><ref name="ubbubb"/>
After receiving a number of complaints about the increased number of adverts appearing on the Oddworld Forums, Sydney, Abe Babe and [[Elum (fan)|Elum]] decided to create new Oddworld Forums powered by Ultimate Bulletin Board, an ad-free system. These were opened on <time datetime="2001-04-12">12 April 2001</time>.<ref name="ubbez"/><ref name="ubbubb"/>


On 28 October 2001, Sydney released the ''[[Munch’s Oddysee]]'' skin.<ref name="moskin"/> On 24 December 2001, Abe Babe enabled vBulletin’s Private Messaging feature, along with Buddy and Ignore Lists.<ref name="pms"/>
On <time datetime="2001-10-28">28 October 2001</time>, Sydney released the <cite>[[Munch’s Oddysee]]</cite> skin.<ref name="Munch's Oddysee forum skin"/> On <time datetime="2001-12-24">24 December 2001</time>, Abe Babe enabled vBulletin's Private Messaging feature, along with Buddy Lists and Ignore Lists.<ref name="Private Messages enabled"/>


In April 2002 the server that was hosting the Oddworld Forums (along with [[Oddworld-Web]] and [[Oddworldian]]) emailed Sydney and Abe Babe to inform them that they were undergoing a merge, but that because of the size of [[OddNet]] (at the time 150MB), they would have to switch to a more expensive hosting plan in order to continue on the service.<ref name="merge"/> In order to avoid paying these costs, Sydney and Abe Babe accepted an offer by [[Pilot]] to host OddNet on his personal server at no charge.<ref name="merge"/><ref name="skype1"/>
In <time datetime="2002-04">April 2002</time> the server that was hosting the Oddworld Forums (along with [[Oddworld-Web]] and [[Oddworldian]]) emailed Sydney and Abe Babe to inform them that they were undergoing a merge, but that because of the size of [[OddNet]] (at the time 150 MB), they would have to switch to a more expensive hosting plan in order to continue on the service. In order to avoid paying these costs, Sydney and Abe Babe accepted an offer by [[Pilot]] to host OddNet on his personal server at no charge.<ref name="server merge"/>


On 13 April 2004, Abe Babe released the new Industrial style for the Forums, which became its default with the existing Native style remaining selectable from users’ control panel. Alongside this, new profile fields allowed members for the first to specify their gender and favourite films and games.<ref name="industrialstyle"/>
On <time datetime="2004-04-13">13 April 2004</time>, Abe Babe released the new Industrial style for the Forums, which became its default; users could still choose to use the Native style by selecting it from the control panel. Alongside this, new profile fields allowed members for the first to specify their gender and favourite films and games.<ref name="industrial style introduced"/>


== Staff ==
== Staff ==
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== References ==
== References ==
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<references>
<ref name="FOM10">Sydney (?). ‘[http://oddworld.com/firsttenyears/alf/ow_fan10.shtml Fan of the Month 10]’, interview with Sydney and Abe Babe by Alf. Alf’s Rehab and Tea. Official Oddworld website.</ref>
<ref name="Sydney Fan of the Month"><b>Cander, Sydney (<time datetime="2001-08-01">1 August 2001</time>)</b>. ‘[http://oddworldlibrary.net/archives/web/oddworld.com/firsttenyears/alf/ow_fan10.shtml Fan of the Month 10]’, interview with Sydney and Abe Babe by Alf. Alf's Rehab and Tea. Official Oddworld website. Archived by HTTrack Website Copier/3.x (<time datetime="2010-08-14T22:19:05Z">14 August 2010</time>). Odd Wide Web. Oddworld Archives. Oddworld Library.</ref>


<ref name="FCopens">Sydney (30 June 2000). ‘Fan corner’. News item on Oddworldian. Archived by the [http://web.archive.org/web/20000823113035/http://www.oddworldian.net/ Wayback Machine] (23 August 2000).</ref>
<ref name="Fan Corner opens"><b>Cander, Sydney (<time datetime="2000-06-30">30 June 2000</time>)</b>. ‘Fan corner’. News item on Oddworldian. Archived by the [http://web.archive.org/web/20000823113035/http://www.oddworldian.net/ Wayback Machine] (<time datetime="2000-08-23T11:30:35Z">23 August 2000</time>). Internet Archive.</ref>


<ref name="AbeBabeJoinsEC">Abe Babe (11 July 2000). ‘[http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/exoddusclub/message/2485 Oddworld Feature Film]’. Message 2485 on the Exoddus Club. Yahoo! Groups.</ref>
<ref name="AbeBabeJoinsEC"><b>Abe Babe (<time datetime="2000-07-11">11 July 2000</time>)</b>. ‘[http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/exoddusclub/message/2485 Oddworld Feature Film]’. Message 2485 on the Exoddus Club. Yahoo! Groups.</ref>


<ref name="FirstOWF">Sydney (19 July 2000). ‘Fanart section’. News item on Oddworldian. Archived by the [http://web.archive.org/web/20000823113035/http://www.oddworldian.net/ Wayback Machine].</ref>
<ref name="FirstOWF"><b>Cander, Sydney (<time datetime="2000-07-19">19 July 2000</time>)</b>. ‘Fanart section’. News item on Oddworldian. Archived by the [http://web.archive.org/web/20000823113035/http://www.oddworldian.net/ Wayback Machine] (<time datetime="2000-08-23T11:30:35Z">23 August 2000</time>). Internet Archive.</ref>


<ref name="industrialstyle">Abe Babe (13 April 2004). ‘[http://www.oddworldforums.net/showthread.php?t=7754 New Layout]’. Forum Suggestions & Help. Oddworld Forums.</ref>
<ref name="industrial style introduced"><b>Abe Babe (<time datetime="2004-04-13T01:43Z">13 April 2004</time>)</b>. ‘[http://www.owforums.net/showthread.php?t=7754 New Layout]’. Forum Suggestions & Help. Oddworld Forums.</ref>


<ref name="AbeBabeAdmin">Cander, Sydney (c. 2 July 2000). ‘Introducing our new Forum Administrator...’. Thread title only on p. 13 of Necrum Burial Grounds, Oddworld Forums as archived by the [http://web.archive.org/web/20020107163711/http://pub10.ezboard.com/foddworldianfrm5?page=13 Wayback Machine] (7 January 2002).</ref>
<ref name="AbeBabeAdmin"><b>Cander, Sydney (c. <time datetime="2000-07-02">2 July 2000</time>)</b>. ‘Introducing our new Forum Administrator...’. Thread title only on p. 13 of Necrum Burial Grounds. Oddworld Forums. Archived by the [http://web.archive.org/web/20020107163711/http://pub10.ezboard.com/foddworldianfrm5?page=13 Wayback Machine] (<time datetime="2002-01-07T16:37:11Z">7 January 2002</time>). Internet Archive.</ref>


<ref name="OWWOddworldian">Sydney (31 August 2000). ‘Oddworld-Web opens and new fanart’. News item on Oddworldian. Archived by the [http://web.archive.org/web/20010425095644/http://www.oddworldian.net/archive_augsep.shtml Wayback Machine] (25 April 2001).</ref>
<ref name="OWWOddworldian"><b>Cander, Sydney (<time datetime="2000-08-31">31 August 2000</time>)</b>. ‘Oddworld-Web opens and new fanart’. News item on Oddworldian. Archived by the [http://web.archive.org/web/20010425095644/http://www.oddworldian.net/archive_augsep.shtml Wayback Machine] (<time datetime="2001-04-25T09:56:44Z">25 April 2001</time>). Internet Archive.</ref>


<ref name="OWWOWW">Abe Babe (31 August 2000). ‘Oddworld-Web goes Online’. News item on Oddworld-Web. Archived by the [http://web.archive.org/web/20010501111933/http://oddworld.nflboards.com/necrum-mines/archive/2000-sept.htm Wayback Machine] (1 May 2001).</ref>
<ref name="OWWOWW"><b>Abe Babe (<time datetime="2000-08-31">31 August 2000</time>)</b>. ‘Oddworld-Web goes Online’. News item on Oddworld-Web. Archived by the [http://web.archive.org/web/20010501111933/http://oddworld.nflboards.com/necrum-mines/archive/2000-sept.htm Wayback Machine] (<time datetime="2001-05-01T11:19:33Z">1 May 2001</time>). Internet Archive.</ref>


<ref name="ubbez">Abe Babe (12 April 2001). ‘Announcement: Oddworld Forums is Moving!!!’. Off-Topic Discussion. Oddworld Forums. Archived by the [http://web.archive.org/web/20010725120659/http://pub10.ezboard.com/foddworldianfrm6.showMessage?topicID=581.topic Wayback Machine] (25 July 2001).</ref>
<ref name="ubbez"><b>Abe Babe (<time datetime="2001-04-12">12 April 2001</time>)</b>. ‘Announcement: Oddworld Forums is Moving!!!’. Off-Topic Discussion. Oddworld Forums. Archived by the [http://web.archive.org/web/20010725120659/http://pub10.ezboard.com/foddworldianfrm6.showMessage?topicID=581.topic Wayback Machine] (<time datetime="2001-07-25T12:06:59Z">25 July 2001</time>).</ref>


<ref name="ubbubb">Sydney (13 April 2001). ‘[http://www.oddworldforums.net/showthread.php?t=566 Welcome to Oddworld General Discussion]’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.</ref>
<ref name="ubbubb"><b>Cander, Sydney (<time datetime="2001-04-13T10:26Z">13 April 2001</time>)</b>. ‘[http://www.owforums.net/showthread.php?t=566 Welcome to Oddworld General Discussion]’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.</ref>


<ref name="merge">Sydney (9 February 2002). ‘[http://www.oddworldforums.net/showthread.php?t=459 Important Oddworld Forums Announcement]’. Forum Suggestions & Help. Oddworld Forums.</ref>
<ref name="server merge"><b>Cander, Sydney (<time datetime="2002-02-09T06:18Z">9 February 2002</time>)</b>. ‘[http://www.owforums.net/showthread.php?t=459 Important Oddworld Forums Announcement]’. Forum Suggestions & Help. Oddworld Forums.</ref>


<ref name="moskin">Sydney (28 October 2001). ‘[http://www.oddworldforums.net/showthread.php?t=398 Announcement: Oddworld Forums' New Look]’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.</ref>
<ref name="Munch's Oddysee forum skin"><b>Cander, Sydney (<time datetime="2001-10-28T08:46Z">28 October 2001</time>)</b>. ‘[http://www.owforums.net/showthread.php?t=398 Announcement: Oddworld Forums' New Look]’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.</ref>


<ref name="pms">Abe Babe (24 December 2001). ‘[http://www.oddworldforums.net/showthread.php?t=295 Announcement: Private Messages Enabled]’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.</ref>
<ref name="Private Messages enabled"><b>Abe Babe (<time datetime="2001-12-24T07:16Z">24 December 2001</time>)</b>. ‘[http://www.owforums.net/showthread.php?t=295 Announcement: Private Messages Enabled]’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.</ref>
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Revision as of 04:09, 30 May 2021

The Oddworld Forums are an unofficial Internet forums for fans of Oddworld. They are owned by Abe Babe and Alcar, and currently contain over 20 thousand threads, 625 thousand posts, and 14 thousand registered members. Among the members are past and present Oddworld Inhabitants employees and other Oddworld videogame developers, including Alf and Stewart Gilray.

The Oddworld Forums were founded in by Sydney Cander, who co-administered the site alongside Abe Babe until he left the community in . For a while, the site was identified as a component of OddNet along with Oddworld-Web, Oddworld Universe and OddChat. The Forums' current administrators are Nate, Wil and Xavier.

History

Oddworldian Forums was first created on ezboard on to accompany Oddworldian, an Oddworld fansite created by Sydney.[1] Fan Corner was opened on to accomodate fan fiction stories.[2] Some time between and the message board was renamed Oddworld Forums.[3][4] Sydney made Abe Babe co-administrator of the Forums at the start of in advance of the opening of her fansite, Oddworld-Web.[5][6][7]

After receiving a number of complaints about the increased number of adverts appearing on the Oddworld Forums, Sydney, Abe Babe and Elum decided to create new Oddworld Forums powered by Ultimate Bulletin Board, an ad-free system. These were opened on .[8][9]

On , Sydney released the Munch’s Oddysee skin.[10] On , Abe Babe enabled vBulletin's Private Messaging feature, along with Buddy Lists and Ignore Lists.[11]

In the server that was hosting the Oddworld Forums (along with Oddworld-Web and Oddworldian) emailed Sydney and Abe Babe to inform them that they were undergoing a merge, but that because of the size of OddNet (at the time 150 MB), they would have to switch to a more expensive hosting plan in order to continue on the service. In order to avoid paying these costs, Sydney and Abe Babe accepted an offer by Pilot to host OddNet on his personal server at no charge.[12]

On , Abe Babe released the new Industrial style for the Forums, which became its default; users could still choose to use the Native style by selecting it from the control panel. Alongside this, new profile fields allowed members for the first to specify their gender and favourite films and games.[13]

Staff

References

  1. Cander, Sydney (). ‘Fan of the Month 10’, interview with Sydney and Abe Babe by Alf. Alf's Rehab and Tea. Official Oddworld website. Archived by HTTrack Website Copier/3.x (). Odd Wide Web. Oddworld Archives. Oddworld Library.
  2. Cander, Sydney (). ‘Fan corner’. News item on Oddworldian. Archived by the Wayback Machine (). Internet Archive.
  3. Abe Babe (). ‘Oddworld Feature Film’. Message 2485 on the Exoddus Club. Yahoo! Groups.
  4. Cander, Sydney (). ‘Fanart section’. News item on Oddworldian. Archived by the Wayback Machine (). Internet Archive.
  5. Cander, Sydney (c. ). ‘Introducing our new Forum Administrator...’. Thread title only on p. 13 of Necrum Burial Grounds. Oddworld Forums. Archived by the Wayback Machine (). Internet Archive.
  6. Cander, Sydney (). ‘Oddworld-Web opens and new fanart’. News item on Oddworldian. Archived by the Wayback Machine (). Internet Archive.
  7. Abe Babe (). ‘Oddworld-Web goes Online’. News item on Oddworld-Web. Archived by the Wayback Machine (). Internet Archive.
  8. Abe Babe (). ‘Announcement: Oddworld Forums is Moving!!!’. Off-Topic Discussion. Oddworld Forums. Archived by the Wayback Machine ().
  9. Cander, Sydney (). ‘Welcome to Oddworld General Discussion’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.
  10. Cander, Sydney (). ‘Announcement: Oddworld Forums' New Look’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.
  11. Abe Babe (). ‘Announcement: Private Messages Enabled’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.
  12. Cander, Sydney (). ‘Important Oddworld Forums Announcement’. Forum Suggestions & Help. Oddworld Forums.
  13. Abe Babe (). ‘New Layout’. Forum Suggestions & Help. Oddworld Forums.