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Old 07-05-2006, 08:39 AM   #1
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Default Will Zophar ever make a comeback?

Dear people at Zophar's Domain,

I'll keep this short. I have been around, more or less, since the beginning of Zophar's Domain. Back then, ZD was the best emulation site on the web. Unfortunately, over the past few years, the news updates have become less frequent, and as of right now, the newest update is seven months old. My brother is XiP, who if I remember correctly was the co-runner of the site back when it started, so I have many memories of this place. I am very interested in seeing this site revived and updated daily, and I'm sure the millions of people who have visited the site in the past would also agree. As of right now, there is no central hub of emulation news (that I know of) besides romhacking.net, and even then, romhacking.net isn't meant for all types of emulation news. ZD could become big again -- all that is needed is effort and enthusiasm. I am proficient with web-design and Photoshop and I'd be willing to pitch in a helping hand in completely redesigning the site from the ground-up, and I'm sure many community members who are better than me at web coding and graphics would also be willing to help. We would need a new site, preferably streamlined with PHP or ASP (a la romhacking.net) with sections (translations.zophar.net, emulation.zophar.net, music.zophar.net, hacks.zophar.net), new forums, new everything. Now would be an excellent time to make a comeback, as people haven't yet forgotten about Zophar's Domain, and the internet lacks a large, central hub for all emulation news, whether it be rom hacks, translations, utilities, or new music formats.

My question is this: Will ZD ever come back, or is ZD destined to stay as nothing more than an archive?

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Old 07-05-2006, 03:54 PM   #2
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Talk to packardmelan.
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Old 07-05-2006, 05:35 PM   #3
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> Talk to packardmelan.
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Well, he can reply here if he wants, or he can PM me.
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Old 07-05-2006, 06:33 PM   #4
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> Talk to packardmelan.

Ya see, that's the thing...I haven't seen him on MSN for quite a long time so I'm going to assume he's somehow MIA. I'm not sure where he is.
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Old 07-05-2006, 08:21 PM   #5
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Old 07-05-2006, 08:36 PM   #6
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> Dear people at Zophar's Domain,

It would be really nice if this site did make a comeback, and I'd be willing to help out anyone who is serious about doing so, although I do not have the leadership skills to lead such an endeavor. I will, however, eagerly assist the next person who thinks they can do it.
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Old 07-05-2006, 08:56 PM   #7
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I'd be more than willing to try, but we'd need all the community help we can get. We'd probably have to start off with a news post on the main page about it...
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Old 07-05-2006, 11:13 PM   #8
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The way things are? I really doubt it. All that's left is this forum. The site is dead, the forum lives on. Whoever was supposedly doing stuff to revive the site hasn't said anything for months.
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Old 07-05-2006, 11:40 PM   #9
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> The way things are? I really doubt it. All that's left is
> this forum. The site is dead, the forum lives on. Whoever
> was supposedly doing stuff to revive the site hasn't said
> anything for months.

A thread like this resurfaces every other month...people promise the world, and then disappear. I'm used to it and just ignore it.
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Old 07-05-2006, 11:43 PM   #10
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I don't think I'll ever understand these threads. Why is it that people insist on resurrecting ZD instead of making their own site? Obviously, hosting all of the emulators and music takes a lot of hardware, bandwidth, and, ultimately, cash money. This, I assume, is why Swampy is so hesitant to grant these requests. Despite all the well-wishing, people just don't understand how much it costs to keep ZD alive, even in its current state.

What I don't get is why all these well-wishers and talented programmers don't go out there and create their own ZD. Seriously, hosting a site that simply accepts news, reports news, and hosts a links database to emulators (as opposed to archiving them on your own servers, like ZD) will not have server costs anywhere near ZD. I mean, really:

1) Get a couple of friends together into a team
2) Design and code the website
3) Buy yourselves some webspace and a domain name
4) Install some free BBS software
5) Scour the internet for emulation news
6) Post all this internet news
7) Spread the word of your new website

The hardest step of all of these is step #7. Your site will flop if no one goes to it.

These are the reasons I think these requests keep coming back. There are tons of people out there who could code another thriving ZD. However, they don't have the money to host an emulation archive and they lack the preestablished community support that ZD already has in place. However, these are problems that any webmaster is going to face when launching a serious site. It seems selfish to me to want to mooch off of the success that ZD has already claimed for itself.

Of course, I may have just had a bad day at work and felt like venting in the forum of an emulation archive. I do realize this post may be full of logical fallicies and general bullcrap. But, do tell me, what's stopping you from creating your own site?
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