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History of the Official Laura Branigan Discussion Forum

Since recent events have prompted an upgrade of our forum software, we wanted to note the history of the Forum, since some changes have been made, and new members may not otherwise know how far we as a Laura Branigan fan community have come.

Forum Version 1

The Laura Branigan Discussion Forum (using Aimoo hosting) first went online in December 2002, and quickly became a favorite online meeting place for Branigan fans. The positive and varied contributions of its members, which Laura herself saw from her fans as becoming an online "family", was one of the factors which sealed Laura's decision to sanction LauraBraniganOnline.com as her sole ever official website in January 2004. During our time with Aimoo hosting, which ended in November 2007, we saw the Official Laura Branigan Discussion Forum reach over 40,000 posts from members worldwide! Laura enjoyed reading the forum every day, and often commented to us about it, and many comments made their way directly on the Forum so fans knew exactly how she felt about various issues, and how much she appreciated them and their feedback. She truly saw the Forum as a "big family" of her fans online!

Forum Version 2

In November 2007, Aimoo hosting experienced a major breakdown of their forum system, which caused all forums hosted by them to instantly go off-line. Since we had previously been contemplating a move to self-hosting the Forum, Aimoo's problems expedited our decision, and in December 2007, we launched the "Official Laura Branigan Discussion Forum v2.0" on our own servers, which enabled us to add additional customization to the forum that didn't exist with Aimoo. We decided to carry over members' post counts, original registration dates, etc., for the members who signed back up for the Forum v2.0. Add to that everyone who became Forum members for the first time on Forum v2.0, this gave it a post count of over 25,000 between post counts that members "brought over" from version 1, and fresh posts from the start of Forum v2.0, until December 2008.

Forum Version 3

On December 24, 2008, we experienced a hacker attack which, though not affecting users' posts, prompted us to take the Forum off-line for security reasons. Occurring about the same time as the reported "Microsoft Zero Day" attack on certain servers, and over the holiday season, we felt it best to leave the Forum off-line while we enjoyed the holiday with family and friends, and then turned our attention to upgrading to the latest version of our forum's software, which offers enhanced security and user experience features. Since we're still self-hosting, members' posts, post counts, registration dates, and other information are still intact. However, we are still working on the forum configuration, but as of this writing, the way the software is counting posts doesn't take into consideration carried-over post counts as version 2 did. Therefore, it appears now that the total post count only reflects new posts made between the beginning of Forum v2.0 in December 2007, to the present, though cumulative individual user posts counts for members carried over from version 1 and version 2 are still reflected correctly in members' post and the member list.

We greatly thank and appreciate those of you who made the Official Laura Branigan Discussion Forum your LB "home" over the past 6 years, and we look forward for your continued participation in carrying Laura's legacy forth. If you currently aren't a member of the Forum, we cordially invite you to join our great community of fans from around the world!

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