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Time Running Out for Quickbasic.com?
(2/20/2000) Is time running out for
Quickbasic.com? We'll tell you what we've heard from our affiliates, what
we know for ourselves, and what we can do to help get Dark Elf Productions
go back online.
Besides the fact that all three of these
sites have been down for about two weeks, what do Neozones Productions,
QB: The Magazine, and Razor Diskmag all have in common? Well, all three
of these sites run under Dark Elf Production's major QB server, www.quickbasic.com.
You can check out the link to see if you can reach Dark Elf Productions
now, but if you can't access the page yet then that means Chuck, owner
of Dark Elf Productions, has not placed quickbasic.com back online yet.
Unfortunately, how Chuck got into this
whole mess is kinda complicated. A while back Chuck moved Dark Elf Productions
to a new server. Unfortunately, that particular server broke down. As a
result, Dark Elf Productions and all its loyal subsidiaries simultaneously
went offline. The result? A major headache in part of many QB companies.
According to Pete's
Discussion Board, the new server used by Dark Elf Productions is owned
by Spacehog. Apparently, Spacehog has disappeared and Chuck is now searching
for a way to put quickbasic.com back online. But it won't be as simple
as going back to the original server. The process will take some money.
So Chuck asked Marcade for money to appropriate to a new server for QuickBasic.com.
Chuck hopes that the management will remain the same, and that for all
practical purposes Chuck will maintain ownership to quickbasic.com and
Dark Elf Productions with this partnership. But this too, has become unsuccessful,
as Marcade has reported that he is running low on cash and, at the least,
it will be difficult to collect enough money to get quickbasic.com back
So that's the scenario. What should we
do to help remedy the pain for Dark Elf Productions and help them get online?
While we all don't have $250 to shell for a new server for quickbasic.com,
there are some actions we can take to help Chuck and his subsidiaries out:
Step One: Keep Up the Banners and Buttons
If you have any links to quickbasic.com,
any of it's subsidiaries (Neozones Productions, Razor Diskmag, etc.), or
any services provided by Dark Elf Productions (like the Dark Elf Productions
Top 100), keep these banners and buttons posted on your site or backup
a version of your site with these banners and buttons to your disk. That
way, when quickbasic.com goes back online, links to quickbasic.com will
also be ready as soon as possible.
Step Two: Don't Make Such A Fuss
While it would be neat to update your
site with a big "Get well, Chuck!" card, the effects of such things could
actually be detrimental to a QB webmaster because of it's smothering effect.
Let's face it, Quickbasic.com is experiencing a money problem. When down
on money, QB proggers in trouble need some gentle escape from their troubles
by going to other QB sites and relieving their stress. Too many "Get Well"
banners may only further exploit the fact that quickbasic.com is down and
bring about frustration instead of joy.
Step Three: Watch For Any Major Announcements
Keep posted by reading up your favorite
QB magazines and news sources. Chances are, if Chuck has anything major
to say about the future of quickbasic.com, it will be plastered violently
on top of every single QB publication. We know V Planet! will be doing
a major update if in fact this occurs.
Step Four: Don't Lose Yourself in the
One of the biggest leaks regarding one
of Quickbasic.com's key subsidiaries is that Neozones
Productions, holder of the Qlympics, moved to a new site location away
from quickbasic.com to prevent further delay with their present projects.
While this comes as an understandable blow to quickbasic.com, there are
still many other quickbasic.com sites that are appropriated to quickbasic.com.
If you like any of those sites or you're keeping track of a project being
held by one of quickbasic.com's subsidiaries, make sure you don't forget
Step Five: Give Chuck Some Support
Believe it or not, this is probably the
most important step. Nothing alleviates the pain of a lost QB webmaster
than showing your concern. While Chuck's e-mail is down while quickbasic.com
is offline, it is still possible to reach Chuck through the many discussion
boards offered by V Planet! and it's affiliates. Remember that Chuck is
a QB guy like the rest of us and he'd really appreciate some written support
during quickbasic.com's reconstruction.
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