But sometime between then and now -- specifically August 1999 -- was birthed the OnFilm Yahoo! Group, an e-mail-only list founded by Shari Lloyd and featuring trailblazers such as Peter Thomas Chattaway, J. Robert Parks, Jeffrey Overstreet, Alex Klages, Jason Morehead, Ed Rock, Don A. Smith, and, yes, even M. Dale Prins (going by the moniker "Matthew Prins") -- most of whom cut their teeth on the newsgroup rec.music.christian in the 1990s. The tagline: "A forum to discuss movies from a Christian perspective. Many Christians go to the movies more than they go to church and film has been called the most powerful narrative experience of our time. This is the place for fans, critics, and thinkers of great thoughts to hash through the implications of what they see, especially as it relates to their faith."
While OnFilm did continue (and, although relatively quiet, survives to this day), in April 2001, OnFilm member Doug Cummings started a threaded message board at his website Chiaroscuro. The intent, as I recall, was a more serious discussion of film than some of what was being posted on OnFilm. In March 2002, after some problems with the message board software at Chiaroscuro, Doug Cummings, Steve Lansingh, and Jeffrey Overstreet started a new message board using the more advanced and stable Novogate software.
Concerns about the long-term viability of Novogate (and probably wanting to have a more user-friendly URL) led to, in June 2003, the closing of the Novogate board and the creation of a forum at Promontory Film by Steve Greydanus, Jeffrey Overstreet, and someone whom we will just call Alan. This was the first forum to share the look and the style of the current Arts & Faith Forum (and the first forum in which the archives are fully available today). Three months later, presumably to bring in arts discussion outside of cinema, Promontory Film became Promontory Arts, but otherwise stayed more or less unchanged. Around April of 2004 came the first iteration of the Arts & Faith Forum -- again, mostly just a changed name. The Arts & Faith went under revisions over the next five years as the improvements to the forum's software were released, but while people left and people came, during that time the board stayed surprisingly stable -- no name change, no major software change. In May 2009, while staying mostly the same functionally (and while keeping the same name) the board moved under the warm, glowing, warming glow of Image Journal, where it remains to this day.
Anyway. Inspired by digressions in this thread and the realization that some of us have been at this now for a full decade, I think it's time for us to narcissistically go back and talk about some of the highlights we've had with A&F et al. over the years, be they favorite threads, people who used to be around here that we...oh, y'all are smart enough to figure out what to talk about without me coming up with a sample list.
To start, I have a great deal of fondness for this dorky thread.
[Thanks to PTC, MLeary, and Andy Whitman for history help.]
Edited by M. Dale Prins, 22 September 2009 - 01:56 PM.