:wavehello: Hi everyone, I'm Ant and i just bought planet tolkien, I'm 29, and work in the web industry... My mum first read me the Hobbit when I was five, and i read the lord of the rings later the same year I've been a fan ever since!
I really do want to reassure everyone i'm going to preserve planet tolkien's community - we won't make any changes without discussion with the council. I want to improve what's here not change it - feel free to ask me any questions that may occur to you!
You'll also be meeting Holly soon who will work closely with the council and the members on content based changes and updates
Please let me know any thoughts you have on the future of planet tolkien.
--- ah and why grep?
Well i work with computers and the definition of grep is:
Acronym for Global-Regular-Expression-Print, grep is a utility that allows you to search through files for specicifed paterns, including regular expressions and strings. fgrep (FAST-GREP) performs a similar function without expanding special characters from a string. See also Regular Expression.
It's kinda a bad unix joke!
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"Wow Ant, you must one extremely smart cookie! You read the LOTR trilogy when you were only 5 years old!"
errm well I was a special needs kid and while i had a stupidly high reading age, loved the TV news, newspapers, and could read books like LOTR and the like i couldn't do any maths and had terrible trouble communicating with anyone under the age of 30 (dictionary definition of geek is what i'm trying to say here)
"and am just curious to know if you have any plans to make a profit from this site?"
well honestly yes, but this doesn't involve charging the members
- i do want to introduce and online store using amazon afiliates and i would ask members to purchase books and DVD's through us whenever possible - i love the community and want to expand the site but this will cost money and the site does need to pay for itself - but please don't worry this is your site and all changes will be discussed with the council first. We won't be putting advertising in every corner but will be expanding the sites commercial activity (hopefully in a good and useful way).
1. A search option for Tolkien-related data is wanted very badly by most people here-we are sick of the Encyclopedia of Arda!(At least I am...)
i'll look into it - it's possible the google site search tool may work i'll have to do some research and testing - but congratulations it's on the list!
2. I have recently made very shallow, ludicrous attempts at getting the former owner to restore the Art Galleries...would it really take all that much? There are some very talented fan artists here that could assist, I am sure...Anyway, it is a wish of mine to be able to see them someday again.
I would very much like to see them back up but the reason they were taken down again because of problems from the tolkien estate which i will need to look into before doing anything.
so why haven't you joined before? (grin). You liked it so much you bought it instead!
Very good question! Mostly in the last five years i've lived in Australia, Belgium, New Zealand, England and the USA and in Aussie this (Route 69)
has been my hobby with a friend of mine, Aussie isn't really a place for indoor pursuits!