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Title: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Alixz on December 19, 2012, 04:06:21 PM
edubs - I agree that we have probably lost more members than we will ever know. I know there was a bright kind lady who posted, if I remember as Tania+. I haven't heard from her in years and she used to send me manuscripts in the regular mail. The last time I spoke with her, she was very ill.

She was often "booed" for her posting about her ancestors as there were some who did not believe in her stories and thought she was making them up.

There was also another whom we called "Bear" who had a Pooh Bear icon. I haven't heard from her in a long time either.

I also know that there are those who have been blocked by FA for various reasons or have left voluntarily as they no longer agreed with the way things are done here. Some of them I miss greatly.

I have often wondered if my husband or son would think to let the forum know if anything happened to me. Probably my son, as he is an ITech and is very aware of the sites I use and the places I post.

But perhaps I will just disappear one day and someone like you, edubs, will say, "We haven't heard from Alixz in a long time. Didn't she used to be a Moderator? I wonder where she went."

Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: amelia on December 19, 2012, 08:07:38 PM
I remember Tania - she told me that her father was mentioned in the book The Years, but she never told me his name. I understood that her father was somehow involved in the abdication of the Tsar, am I correct?

Amelia
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Alixz on December 19, 2012, 10:36:55 PM
Amelia - I don't know. She mostly talked about her uncle and how he had served the Tsar and as a guard. But she never did mention any names.  The manuscript she sent me was about a blind woman she knew. I still have it but I can't remember if she wanted to publish it or just have me read it.

It was all a very long time ago.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Sarushka on December 20, 2012, 03:41:38 PM
I know there was a bright kind lady who posted, if I remember as Tania+. I haven't heard from her in years and she used to send me manuscripts in the regular mail. The last time I spoke with her, she was very ill.

I've wondered about Tania+ (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?action=profile;u=2849), too. She occasionally had months-long lapses between posts -- I presume due to her ill health -- but it's been over four years now. I'm afraid we're not likely to hear from her again.


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There was also another whom we called "Bear" who had a Pooh Bear icon. I haven't heard from her in a long time either.

AGRBear (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?action=profile;u=1161) is still around, though not posting as frequently as she used to. Her last appearance was about 3 weeks ago.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on December 20, 2012, 04:07:04 PM
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but it doesn't take long to realize that many members who posted with regularity seem to have suddenly vanished. Some had hundreds, or even thousands, of posts to their names and yet in some cases not a single one of those were posted in the past few years. I'd have to think any community of several thousand people is going to have some who have left them over an eight or nine year period, and the AP is surely no exception.

I guess I should mention Romanov History Buff, or RHB.  She was my co-writer on Days Of OTMA's Lives, our little alternate world soap.  She was last here on November 16, 2011, and has not been heard from since.  I've sent e-mails, I've sent PM's, in the more than a year since, all have gone unanswered.   She was such an active poster and then to vanish without nary an explanation is puzzling.  I hope she's okay, but until she either contacts me or posts here again, I have no way of knowing.

Hey, RHB, if you're lurking around and reading this, let us know you're okay.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Rodney_G. on December 20, 2012, 05:01:58 PM
Tania+ was pretty passionate and active here and her absence doesn't bode well. In fact she sent me my first IM on this Forum and supported me in my early posting. I admired her Imperial Family devotion and Orthodox piety. I stilll do and hope I can use the present tense about her .
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on December 21, 2012, 04:17:44 PM
It would be nice if Tania+ and RHB would just check in, just a quick post to say "Here I am.  I'm okay!"
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: grandduchessella on December 21, 2012, 05:46:11 PM
This topic came up on Robert Hall's thread and the FA requested that the topic be continued on it's own thread. I've created one using some of the posts from Robert's thread.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Gabriella on December 21, 2012, 08:34:44 PM
A good idea to start an own thread for this topic, so we can make up our minds about lost forum members and speculate about them.

By the way, has anybody heard of Greenowl? Wonder what happened to her.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: royaltybuff on December 21, 2012, 09:13:42 PM
I haven't posted in a long while, but I am still here and I still check in almost every day.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on December 21, 2012, 11:21:45 PM
Yeah, this is a good idea.

I really wish RHB would communicate with me, or log in and post here.  Her disappearence is strange.  There was times I used to see her here at all hours (even at three in the morning).  When she vanished, I thought maybe something had happened to her computer, but she could have borrowed a friends or gone to her local library (what I have been known to do when my computer was out of commision) to let us know.   I'm beginng to think something HAS happened to her, her complete silence for more than a year now does seem ominous. 

I hope I'm wrong, but, as I said, I have no way of knowing.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: edubs31 on December 21, 2012, 11:44:21 PM
Yeah, this is a good idea.

I really wish RHB would communicate with me, or log in and post here.  Her disappearence is strange.  There was times I used to see her here at all hours (even at three in the morning).  When she vanished, I thought maybe something had happened to her computer, but she could have borrowed a friends or gone to her local library (what I have been known to do when my computer was out of commision) to let us know.   I'm beginng to think something HAS happened to her, her complete silence for more than a year now does seem ominous. 

I hope I'm wrong, but, as I said, I have no way of knowing.

Not to encourage stalking Tim, but do you know this person's full name and where they were/are living? There are of course ways of finding out if something did happen, if you look hard enough.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on December 22, 2012, 11:11:48 AM
I only know her first name and that she lives in New York State.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Jen_94 on December 22, 2012, 04:52:53 PM
I browsed on here alot before I signed up, and remember enjoying RHB's posts! Especially Days of OTMA'S lives and was gutted when that went on Hiatus ;) I wonder where she's got to? Strange, I hope all's well with her!
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Petr on December 22, 2012, 09:37:19 PM
Another poster who hasn't been heard from in a while is Elizabeth. I've had some wonderful dialogs with her. I hope she is well.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: aleksandr pavlovich on December 22, 2012, 11:07:27 PM
I browsed on here alot before I signed up, and remember enjoying RHB's posts! Especially Days of OTMA'S lives and was gutted when that went on Hiatus ;) I wonder where she's got to? Strange, I hope all's well with her!

  IMO, on a posting of 10/03/11, an impending/inserted attitude "break" is announced:  "Also it seems my addiction to computers has waned a bit......" I believe that shortly this person decidedly made a complete break for a newer interest/direction in her future life. As a long-term poster has said on the Forum before (re posters dropping out/disappearing):  "It happens all the time." Good luck to her in her new endeavors!      AP.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on December 22, 2012, 11:17:02 PM
I know about that post, however, I just can't believe that she would disappear without some kind of announcement, or at least letting me know (like informing me that she will no longer be writing Days).  She gave NO indications that she was going to leave for good, just that she wasn't on as much as she used to be.  Also, this does not explain why she won't answer any e-mails or PM's.  Would it kill her to just say "Hi, I'm okay."  I hope you're right, AP, I really do.


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Another poster who hasn't been heard from in a while is Elizabeth. I've had some wonderful dialogs with her. I hope she is well.

Her final appearance here was on the same day as RHB, November 16, 2011.  
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Jen_94 on December 23, 2012, 07:15:06 AM
I browsed on here alot before I signed up, and remember enjoying RHB's posts! Especially Days of OTMA'S lives and was gutted when that went on Hiatus ;) I wonder where she's got to? Strange, I hope all's well with her!

  IMO, on a posting of 10/03/11, an impending/inserted attitude "break" is announced:  "Also it seems my addiction to computers has waned a bit......" I believe that shortly this person decidedly made a complete break for a newer interest/direction in her future life. As a long-term poster has said on the Forum before (re posters dropping out/disappearing):  "It happens all the time." Good luck to her in her new endeavors!      AP.

I agree with Tim and hope you are right on that one!
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on December 23, 2012, 11:57:40 AM
I think the worst part is the not knowing.  Maybe she did choose a new direction in her life.  On the other hand, maybe something terrible happened either to her or someone close to her.

That is why I wish she would get in touch, I really don't care about Days anymore, I would just like to know if she's okay.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Jen_94 on December 23, 2012, 05:02:21 PM
I think the worst part is the not knowing.  Maybe she did choose a new direction in her life.  On the other hand, maybe something terrible happened either to her or someone close to her.

That is why I wish she would get in touch, I really don't care about Days anymore, I would just like to know if she's okay.

Thimk that's most likely (in bold).

And this is the post AP is on about, I think: http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=16673.msg495589#msg495589 (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=16673.msg495589#msg495589)
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on December 23, 2012, 05:16:46 PM
I quote the post, note the bit I put in bold.

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Also it seems my addiction to computers has waned a bit but don't worry i'll be around i'll make sure of it!

So it doesn't sound like she was planning on leaving for good.  She herself said she would make sure she was around.  So why her sudden disappearence with no warning, no annoucement, nothing.  Why hasn't she answered any of the e-mails and PM's I have sent in the more than a year since her disappearence from this forum?  In short, where the heck is she?  What happened to her?  I considered her an online friend and now I have no idea if she's alive or dead.  Her continued silence does seem forboding.

I wonder how many of those that have vanished have in fact, died.  The only reason we know of Robert's tragic passing is that someone told us what had happened to him.  If not, we would be wondering "What happened to Robert?" just like I'm wondering "What's happened to RHB?"  Granted she was decades younger than Robert, but accidents happen.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: rudy3 on December 24, 2012, 03:58:06 AM
A person, whose posts were always interesting and accurate, but whom I have not seen (under this name at least) for the last 5-6 years,  is AlexP@asia.com aka Alexandre A. Moussine-Pouschkine
TianHe, GuangZhou, China (formerly Shanghai).

Does anyone have any information on him? Mail AlexP@asia.com is returned as once as being undeliverable.

Rudy
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Rodney_G. on December 24, 2012, 11:30:01 AM
Another poster who hasn't been heard from in a while is Elizabeth. I've had some wonderful dialogs with her. I hope she is well.

I lost touch with Elisabeth as well, Petr. She's an admirable woman, for sure. I think she was ijust irked by some of the characters and personalities here, but I certainly could be wrong. And  like any middle-aged poster here she may have family to care for and think about. Plus AP Forum enthusiasm can wane even with the most dedicated. I wish her well wherever.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on December 24, 2012, 12:13:20 PM
I know of a few members who left because they didn't like how Rob ran things, or agreed with some of his decisions.  It happens.  Most of these people deleted their accounts, to prove that they had no intentions of coming back.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: aleksandr pavlovich on December 24, 2012, 01:24:17 PM
Another poster who hasn't been heard from in a while is Elizabeth. I've had some wonderful dialogs with her. I hope she is well.

Plus AP Forum enthusiasm can wane even with the most dedicated. I wish her well wherever.

  Well put, Rodney G. !  Prolonged speculation and repeated mental "handwringing" on this topic is, IMO, totally unnecessary. If former members do not/cannot respond, let it be so noted in a dignified manner, wish them well "wherever" (as you so correctly say), and move on.            Regards,  AP.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Nicolá De Valerón on December 24, 2012, 02:45:14 PM
I also remember Elizabeth. Our discussions were very interesting and hot (discussions were started by two liberals, but at the end I was named as "a one generally only hears on FOX News and Tea Party radio" lol.  But anyway, her knowledge in the case of Russian history was enormous. Wish her all the best and waiting to hear from her.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on December 24, 2012, 04:13:09 PM
I butted heads a few times with Elisabeth myself.  It did get personal, but we sorted it out.  I hope she's okay.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on December 28, 2012, 12:22:41 PM
I'm going to be gone a while myself.  My computer is in the shop and I won't get it back for a week or more.  Until then, I'll be checking in every so often from the public library.  Just thought I'd let you all know.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: edubs31 on December 28, 2012, 12:33:54 PM
I'm going to be gone a while myself.  My computer is in the shop and I won't get it back for a week or more.  Until then, I'll be checking in every so often from the public library.  Just thought I'd let you all know.

That's quite a repair issue you have Tim, I'm guessing they need to special order parts?...sorry for the inconvenience it's surely caused you.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Olga Maria on December 30, 2012, 12:24:43 AM
I’ve been last active here in 2010 and since then I have not been felt, but visiting here secretly and irregularly. I have to read lots of the threads here when I come back… and I miss this forum and co-members very much!
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: aleksandr pavlovich on December 30, 2012, 05:05:33 PM
I’ve been last active here in 2010        

         Hello, and I hope that your studies are going well.
         Concerning the above quote (presuming there is no "typo"), if you are referring to the AP Forum in general (inclusive of all topics) and unless someone is using your name at your point of origin, it appears that you posted on the Forum a number of times in 2011 (March-December), as well as a number of times (mainly referencing letter translations) in 2012, April - July.  
         If by "active" you mean postings, I certainly hope that your communications are not being breached and that you see that you are getting correct credit for all your contributions!  
                                                                               Regards,  AP.    
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Olga Maria on December 31, 2012, 09:34:26 AM
Thank you very much! I’m doing well (hoping that it will continue next year which is just a day away). Happy New Year 2013 to you and everyone!
Oh, I said 2010 because that’s the “last” year I always logged-in here to update myself with all threads of my interest : )  Regarding the posts you’ve observed by me through 2011-2013, I did those ^^

Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Alixz on January 01, 2013, 06:18:03 PM
I remember AlexP from Shanghai. He had a great deal of knowledge of Russian history, but i do think he was quite old. He spoke as if he and his family had moved the Shanghai just after the revolution. He lived in a Russian community that always sounded as if it had begun with leaving the country either just after or during the Russian Revolution.

As for Elizabeth - she has family things to deal with.. I talk with her now and then. The last time being in July 2012 on email. She also travels a lot.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on January 04, 2013, 12:25:09 PM
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That's quite a repair issue you have Tim, I'm guessing they need to special order parts?...sorry for the inconvenience it's surely caused you.

Yeah, they had to ship it to a repair shop hundreds of miles away.  I still haven't heard when I'll get it back.  Hopefully, it won't be much longer.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Alixz on January 04, 2013, 01:21:15 PM
Tim - Is it under warranty?  Otherwise, why should they have to ship it so far away?

I am very lucky. When my computer goes in for service it moves from the den to the kitchen table and then back when it is finished. (Usually takes no more than a couple of hours.)

My son is an A+ Certified ITech with a degree in Computer Networking Management. All those college loans are good for something!
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Louis_Charles on January 05, 2013, 11:41:24 AM
Elisabeth and I still keep up. She does travel a lot, and I think maintains a fairly busy schedule. But I do miss her posts, they were always erudite!
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Petr on January 05, 2013, 03:13:33 PM
Louis_Charles, tell her we miss her!

Petr
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on January 11, 2013, 12:21:51 PM
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Tim - Is it under warranty?  Otherwise, why should they have to ship it so far away?

Yeah, it's under warrantly, so at least they're not charging me for this.  However, as to why they had to ship it off, you're guess is as good as mine.  I mean the New Year has begun, and I really would like to see my computer again before it ends.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on January 12, 2013, 11:53:49 AM
Got my computer back today.  Yay!
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: edubs31 on January 13, 2013, 08:05:24 PM
Hope it wasn't too pricey. They relieve you of your computer for that long it makes me think you're just as well to buy a new one.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on January 13, 2013, 09:38:42 PM
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Hope it wasn't too pricey

Actually it didn't cost me anything, my computer was still under warrenty.

It's good to be back.  I see we've heard from a couple of missing member.  Sadly, RHB is not among them, she remains silent.  I sent her an e-mail and PM about this thread, having a small hope it would bring her out of hiding, but no luck (I did this before my computer went into the shop).  She still doesn't answer.  Whether she WON'T answer or CAN'T answer remains a mystery.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on January 17, 2013, 12:26:32 PM
Has anyone noticed that Alixz's name has been replaced by "Disabled"?  What's going on?
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Carolath Habsburg on January 17, 2013, 12:43:17 PM
I was wondering the same thing too. I hope everything its ok!



EDIT

Well...here s the answer to your question, Post 208 explaining it

http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=17349.195
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on January 17, 2013, 05:07:28 PM
Well, that sucks.  I like Alixz, and always found her opinions interesting.  I hope she changes her mind and stays with us.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: edubs31 on January 17, 2013, 06:50:33 PM
Well, that sucks.  I like Alixz, and always found her opinions interesting.  I hope she changes her mind and stays with us.

As do many of us!
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on January 17, 2013, 07:07:09 PM
Hey, Alixz, if you're reading this, I hope you reconsider your decision.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: grandduchessella on January 17, 2013, 07:14:57 PM
I hope she comes back as well. The leaving was very abrupt and I don't think well-done of someone entrusted to be a moderator. So I have mixed feelings there. However, I have known and liked her very much her for some years and, despite our differences on some of the open threads, find her a kind and well-meaning person whose feelings were injured. I hope she will take advantage of the cooling off period the FA left for her and decide to come back. She has been a valued member here for some time.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Jen_94 on January 18, 2013, 04:27:14 PM
That's a shame. I agree, I hope she comes back too, I definitely found her opinions and posts a good read.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: edubs31 on January 19, 2013, 12:15:24 AM
I've spoken with her outside of the AP and can relay to those of you interested that she has been very busy dealing with some family matters recently. She appreciates those of you that have taken notice of her absence. Although I'm not sure where she stands right now with the forum and it's really not my place to ask. I am hoping as well that she chooses to rejoin. Sometimes people simply need a break.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Jen_94 on January 19, 2013, 05:24:49 AM
Oh I understand. Yes, sometimes it is good to take a little break.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Maria the Beautiful on January 19, 2013, 08:44:47 AM
Hey, Alixz, if you're reading this, I hope you reconsider your decision.

Ditto from me Alixz.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Petr on January 21, 2013, 12:31:30 PM
Ditto from a fellow Ct resident!
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: edubs31 on January 21, 2013, 05:15:39 PM
Alright well I have an update from Alixz having been in touch with her recently. She send her regards to all. She wrote this and asked me to post it for her...

Dear Forum Members & Friends,
 
I didn't leave the APF because my feelings were hurt. As FA knows, I have been thinking of leaving for a while and this past week seemed to be as good a time as any. I am very busy with my 90 year old Mother who had surgery for a broken hip just after having prior surgery for a compression fracture of her spine. My son is in the process of moving out as he finds a job that can support him. I don't usually talk about personal matters but I, myself has been ill for a long time now and I think I need to put my priorities in order. My husband and I are planning several trips this year. We will be married 30 years in November and along with shorter trips, we hope to go back to Bermuda where we celebrated our Honeymoon.
 
Robert Hall's death has hit me very hard. We were "of an age" and had much in common besides the forum and spent a lot of time talking outside the forum. Robert would often send me books as gifts when he came across one he thought I would enjoy or when he bought one that he found he had no interest in. The last book he sent was "Matilda The Wife of William the Conqueror". I had hoped to finally meet Robert this year, but it wasn't meant to be.
 
After being a member of the forum for almost 9 years, I will miss those friends that I have made and those with whom I communicate outside of the forum already know how much I appreciate them and the times we have spent talking and emailing.
 
My leaving might have seemed precipitous, but it was the Discussion Forum thread on the Newtown Shooting that gave me the final "push" to make up my mind and make a choice. We have all heard how our lives are like a train in motion with many stops along the way as it is a local and not an express. At each stop, someone may get on but someone else may get off. Very few stay for the whole ride to the terminus. I chose to get off the APF train at the last stop. I had ridden long enough and it was time to go.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Jen_94 on January 21, 2013, 06:29:16 PM
After reading that, I can definitely understand why Alixz left and I wish her all the very best.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: edubs31 on January 21, 2013, 07:59:24 PM
I forget to add her email address for anyone who wants to keep in contact with her...

Alixz - Alixz@comcast.net
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on January 22, 2013, 04:50:50 AM
I'll wish Alixz well.  She'll be missed here.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Greenowl on January 25, 2013, 02:47:47 PM
A good idea to start an own thread for this topic, so we can make up our minds about lost forum members and speculate about them.

By the way, has anybody heard of Greenowl? Wonder what happened to her.


GREENOWL is alive and well and was touched that you remembered her! Thanks ever so much. Actually from mid-2009 I had a lot of family problems, after which I became ill and was in hospital in 2010, but made a good recovery and am now doing well. As my main area of interest was the Habsburgs, the death of Archduke Otto and his two remaining brothers seemed to make me devote less time to the forum, and then when I tried to log on again recently I found that I had forgotten my password. However, Rob very kindly helped me and here I am again. I doubt that I will be as active as in the past, but at least I am back on board!
Greetings to all from the south west of Germany!
GREENOWL
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Greenowl on January 25, 2013, 02:50:58 PM
I'll wish Alixz well.  She'll be missed here.

I second that! Good luck Alixz and thanks for all the interesting contributions.
GREENOWL
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: edubs31 on January 25, 2013, 04:36:52 PM
Greetings Greenowl, from a comparatively newer member here! Glad to hear your situation has improved and I look forward to reading your posts :-)
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Greenowl on January 25, 2013, 05:52:53 PM
Thanks Edubs31.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: grandduchessella on January 25, 2013, 09:57:24 PM
A good idea to start an own thread for this topic, so we can make up our minds about lost forum members and speculate about them.

By the way, has anybody heard of Greenowl? Wonder what happened to her.


GREENOWL is alive and well and was touched that you remembered her! Thanks ever so much. Actually from mid-2009 I had a lot of family problems, after which I became ill and was in hospital in 2010, but made a good recovery and am now doing well. As my main area of interest was the Habsburgs, the death of Archduke Otto and his two remaining brothers seemed to make me devote less time to the forum, and then when I tried to log on again recently I found that I had forgotten my password. However, Rob very kindly helped me and here I am again. I doubt that I will be as active as in the past, but at least I am back on board!
Greetings to all from the south west of Germany!
GREENOWL

Glad you are doing better, Greenowl and good to see you again!
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on January 26, 2013, 04:16:25 PM
WB Greenowl, I guess you left before I joined. 
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Vive_HIH_Aleksey on February 03, 2013, 10:55:40 AM
I'm still around! I haven't been here for ages though, it's a shame too. I missed you guys! I've been pretty busy with some things offline but I have been meaning to get on here ages ago!
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on February 03, 2013, 11:53:16 AM
WB Angie.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on February 17, 2013, 03:37:04 PM
Another former active member who has not been seen around here in ages is Natalie AKA Talya AKA Nad-Natasha.

As some of you may know, she joined in the writing of Days, towards the end (of course, at the time, I had no idea it was going to end, but just bare with me).  When RHB disappeared and I tried to carry on alone, Talya offered to help.  In early 2012, she told me that she was working on a chapter and that said chapter would be posted at the start of April of that year.  However, said chapter never materialized and, like RHB before her, Talya vanished from the forum without warning or explanation.  She was here early last November (but didn't post anything) and has not been seen since.

Now, maybe circumstances beyond their control caused both of them to abruptly vanish (death, illness, family issues, that sort of thing).  However, if, and I mean IF, they left here by their own choice, they could have at least given me a heads up, either via PM or making some announcement here on the board.  As I have said before, neither gave any indication that they would not be coming back.  If it had been me, involved in an ongoing project like Days, and, for whatever reason, I decided to leave the board, I certainly would have informed both of them, I would not have just left them dangling (unless it was, as above, circumstance beyond my control).

I recently quit another board for good.  First, I made a final post, announcing my decision, then I deleted my account at said board, to make it clear I was not coming back.  Neither RHB nor Talya did either action here, so their disappearances remain a mystery.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Jen_94 on February 17, 2013, 07:02:27 PM
Ahh, I liked Natalie! If you look at her tumblr, http://naotmaa.tumblr.com (http://naotmaa.tumblr.com), her last posting was Dec 4th. I do hope she's alright, if something serious has happened or hasn't happened.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on February 17, 2013, 11:25:32 PM
Well, that wasn't too long ago, so we know she was okay as of early last December.

The question remains as to why she suddenly left this board.  Strange that both my co-writers would do this.  Am I that horrible to work with?
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: edubs31 on February 18, 2013, 09:42:08 AM
Tim that is exactly why I'm doing my own project. You're a good guy and I'm certain that you are an excellent writing partner, but as an enemy of the state I fear associating too closely with you also puts me in danger of being "disappeared" by KGB...
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on February 18, 2013, 12:02:58 PM
Damn those Thought Police!
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Nicolá De Valerón on February 18, 2013, 02:34:29 PM
Has anyone heard anything about Inok (Father) Nikolai? His last visit was in November. They (monks) were transferring from one monastery to another, or something like that. In last letter Fr. Nikolai said that he wouldn't be able to access internet for a few weeks, but it's already three months...
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: edubs31 on February 18, 2013, 02:41:45 PM
Has anyone heard anything about Inok (Father) Nikolai? His last visit was in November. They (monks) were transferring from one monastery to another, or something like that. In last letter Fr. Nikolai said that he wouldn't be able to access internet for a few weeks, but it's already three months...

Glad you brought this up and I too was beginning to wonder. Inok was an invaluable member. I got the sense that his absence was destined to last longer than those few weeks he spoke of. Perhaps one of us can drop him a line (PM) just to check in. I was probably going to wait another month and do so myself as I was just thinking about him again the other day.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on February 19, 2013, 07:12:01 AM
At least he informed one of us that he would be away for a while.  Still, I hope he's okay too.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Kalafrana on February 19, 2013, 09:43:03 AM
I too hope that Inok Nikolai is all right. His contributions are always interesting.

Perhaps he is simply busy.

Ann
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: aleksandr pavlovich on February 19, 2013, 12:04:41 PM
I too hope that Inok Nikolai is all right. His contributions are always interesting.

Perhaps he is simply busy.

Ann

               Or seeking study, peace and reflective solitude, as befits his chosen path.  This very excellent and knowledgeable person's prime concerns/loyalty are certainly to a Higher Power.                         Regards, AP.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on February 20, 2013, 01:07:45 AM
That might be it.   At least he gave an explanation for his absence from here (even if it's longer than he thought it would be).  He didn't do a Bermuda Triangle imitation, like my two former co-writers.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Sarushka on February 20, 2013, 07:59:30 AM
In last letter Fr. Nikolai said that he wouldn't be able to access internet for a few weeks, but it's already three months...

No cause for worry -- in addition to being away from his email for the initial few weeks of the transfer, he also said that he would have infrequent internet access in general. I meant to email him at Christmas, but it slipped my mind. I'll do so now.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Alice on February 20, 2013, 06:42:26 PM
Does anyone remember Helen (not Rappaport - I believe this Helen's surname began with A?). She was very knowledgeable about all things DNA. Each time someone would appear in the Claimants forum disputing the DNA evidence, she would tirelessly (and successfully) refute their posts. It was great.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Sarushka on February 20, 2013, 10:22:30 PM
Does anyone remember Helen (not Rappaport - I believe this Helen's surname began with A?). She was very knowledgeable about all things DNA. Each time someone would appear in the Claimants forum disputing the DNA evidence, she would tirelessly (and successfully) refute their posts. It was great.

Helen Azar, maybe? I don't remember noticing her around the forum lately, either. I do see her on Facebook occasionally, though.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: blessOTMA on February 21, 2013, 03:03:20 AM
I was wondering about Fr. Nikolai  the other day. Any news would be welcomed.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on April 10, 2013, 10:56:39 AM
We can add Ellen AKA bestfriendsgirl to the list of those swallowed by the black hole lurking around here.  She hasn't been heard from since last September.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Jen_94 on April 10, 2013, 11:27:16 AM
I remember her, Tim! I wonder what happened to her also.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: edubs31 on April 10, 2013, 11:56:15 AM
Did anyone reach out to Inok Nikolai recently? I believe we had talked about doing so a little while ago but wasn't sure if anyone had remembered to do it...if not, I'll shoot him a PM.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on April 10, 2013, 03:25:22 PM
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I remember her, Tim! I wonder what happened to her also.


I wish I knew.  As I said, she seems to have been sucked down the same black hole that got RHB and Talya.  Just POOF, gone with no warning or explanation why.


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I believe we had talked about doing so a little while ago but wasn't sure if anyone had remembered to do it...if not, I'll shoot him a PM.

Let us know if you hear anything back from him. 
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Sarushka on April 10, 2013, 04:56:04 PM
Did anyone reach out to Inok Nikolai recently? I believe we had talked about doing so a little while ago but wasn't sure if anyone had remembered to do it...if not, I'll shoot him a PM.


I sent an email but haven't received a reply yet.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Jen_94 on April 11, 2013, 07:04:58 AM
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I remember her, Tim! I wonder what happened to her also.


I wish I knew.  As I said, she seems to have been sucked down the same black hole that got RHB and Talya.  Just POOF, gone with no warning or explanation why.


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I believe we had talked about doing so a little while ago but wasn't sure if anyone had remembered to do it...if not, I'll shoot him a PM.

Let us know if you hear anything back from him. 

Yes, I remember I used to email Tayla and POOF...disappeared! :( I'm hoping maybe they'll return someday.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: edubs31 on April 11, 2013, 09:39:58 AM
Did anyone reach out to Inok Nikolai recently? I believe we had talked about doing so a little while ago but wasn't sure if anyone had remembered to do it...if not, I'll shoot him a PM.


I sent an email but haven't received a reply yet.

OK I'll hold off then. I guess let us know if you hear something...thanks!
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on April 11, 2013, 10:31:52 AM
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Yes, I remember I used to email Tayla and POOF...disappeared!


You mean she won't answer your e-mails?  So I guess that rules out the idea that she's mad at me about something (although for the life of me I can't figure out what it would be).  The same thing happened with RHB, she won't return my e-mails or PM's.  As I said, won't or can't is the question.


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I'm hoping maybe they'll return someday.


I really don't think that's going to happen.  It seems when someone leaves this board, they leave, and that means severing all ties and friendships made here.  At least that seems to be the case with RHB and Talya.  The fact that Talya won't return Jen's e-mails rules out the idea that it's me alone.

I think that if someone leaves this board for good, they should do what Alixz did and delete their account.  That would definitely show that they are not coming back (unless death is the reason they're gone, such as in the case of Robert Hall, I miss that guy, he had some good insights).
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Jen_94 on April 11, 2013, 12:54:26 PM
No, she's not mad, we were on good terms, but for some reason, the emails stopped (I think this was a while back). Shame, because I liked her alot! Her http://naotmaa.tumblr.com/ (http://naotmaa.tumblr.com/) hasn't been updated sicne Dec 4th last year. Unless she's buys with school/exams? That's my most likely thinking.  And she was last active here Nov 5th I think it was, last year.

And yep, I definitey agree. If they leave, delete the account. It shows they're not coming back, you know, as you said. I do think that
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: edubs31 on April 11, 2013, 01:01:53 PM
I think that if someone leaves this board for good, they should do what Alixz did and delete their account.  That would definitely show that they are not coming back (unless death is the reason they're gone, such as in the case of Robert Hall, I miss that guy, he had some good insights).

Of course you are assuming that when someone leaves they are intending never to come back. I doubt that's the case in most instances. It's probably more along the lines of someone who got really busy in their lives, new interests and shifting responsibilities, and before they knew it several months had passed since they had been on the AP.

Maybe they realized one day six months later and figured it better to stop coming to the board altogether than to go through the whole "welcome back" process. Some people would rather just stay fairly anonymous.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on April 11, 2013, 03:18:09 PM
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Unless she's buys with school/exams?

Yes, but what about holidays and weekends?  I find it hard to believe she can't take five minutes to let you, or anyone else, know that she is okay.



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Maybe they realized one day six months later and figured it better to stop coming to the board altogether than to go through the whole "welcome back" process. Some people would rather just stay fairly anonymous.

Perhaps, but I still have my doubts.  In the case of RHB, for example, we were working on an ongoing project, and she just left me high and dry with no warning, no announcement, nothing.  Is there some reason why she couldn't have posted, or sent a PM, saying that "Life is getting busy, blah, blah, blah...."  I would have been disappointed, but I would have understood.  In my mind, there was NO reason for her to just sneak off like a thief in the night.  I would never have done that to her, or anyone else, I was working on a story with.  I would have come out and explained that I was leaving, and then why.

I hate to sound angry with RHB, because, as I have said, I have no idea what happened.  I have several explanations why she vanished.  All of them bad.

1.  She died, or is serious ill or injured.

2.  Family issues arose (divorce, alcohol, drugs).

3  Personal issues (see examples in reason 2).

This is why I wish she would contact me, or log in to the board, at least  then I'd know she was still among the living.  The same applies for Talya, bestfriendgirl, and all the other friends I made here who have vanished.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: blessOTMA on April 11, 2013, 06:49:49 PM
If we all look at our message file, we could gin up quite a list of others who were here and now are not ! There is something special about feeling the interest enough to come here and some times that feeling just leaves .  I generally think people  don't get back to us because it's painful to disappoint someone and it's our human nature to avoid pain. I know it's intense feelings that bring us here and often intense feelings that cause people to drop out.  We kind of have to give folks slack...which we all need for one thing or another. 
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Jen_94 on April 12, 2013, 06:14:10 AM
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Unless she's buys with school/exams?

Yes, but what about holidays and weekends?  I find it hard to believe she can't take five minutes to let you, or anyone else, know that she is okay.



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Maybe they realized one day six months later and figured it better to stop coming to the board altogether than to go through the whole "welcome back" process. Some people would rather just stay fairly anonymous.

Perhaps, but I still have my doubts.  In the case of RHB, for example, we were working on an ongoing project, and she just left me high and dry with no warning, no announcement, nothing.  Is there some reason why she couldn't have posted, or sent a PM, saying that "Life is getting busy, blah, blah, blah...."  I would have been disappointed, but I would have understood.  In my mind, there was NO reason for her to just sneak off like a thief in the night.  I would never have done that to her, or anyone else, I was working on a story with.  I would have come out and explained that I was leaving, and then why.

I hate to sound angry with RHB, because, as I have said, I have no idea what happened.  I have several explanations why she vanished.  All of them bad.

1.  She died, or is serious ill or injured.

2.  Family issues arose (divorce, alcohol, drugs).

3  Personal issues (see examples in reason 2).

This is why I wish she would contact me, or log in to the board, at least  then I'd know she was still among the living.  The same applies for Talya, bestfriendgirl, and all the other friends I made here who have vanished.

Yeah, that's a possibility. Or maybe ongoing computer problems? I just don't know.....I've been thinking about trying to email her again but I don't know....

RHB-I wasn't on the board when she was around so I can't comment really. But i'm guessing a personal issue arose and she's simply not got the time to be on here anymore or something?
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: grandduchessella on April 12, 2013, 08:08:26 AM
Does anyone remember Helen (not Rappaport - I believe this Helen's surname began with A?). She was very knowledgeable about all things DNA. Each time someone would appear in the Claimants forum disputing the DNA evidence, she would tirelessly (and successfully) refute their posts. It was great.

Helen Azar, maybe? I don't remember noticing her around the forum lately, either. I do see her on Facebook occasionally, though.

If it is Helen Azar, she is doing quite well. We are actually meeting up in DC in a couple of weeks to see the Romanov Coronation Exhibit at the Hillwood Museum.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Forum Admin on April 12, 2013, 08:16:35 AM
I still hear from Helen Azar as well via email and Facebook.  She just felt it best to take a "break" from active posting here but does look in from time to time and read threads of interest.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: blessOTMA on April 12, 2013, 01:52:55 PM
Speaking of Helen, her translation of Olga Nicholaievna's dairies  is coming out in July  =)

http://www.amazon.com/Diary-Olga-Romanov-Helen-Azar/dp/1594161771/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1365792438&sr=1-1&keywords=9781594161773
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on April 12, 2013, 03:02:45 PM
Maybe Helen will come back to promote her book.  it sounds good.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Jen_94 on April 13, 2013, 06:09:55 AM
Speaking of Helen, her translation of Olga Nicholaievna's dairies  is coming out in July  =)

http://www.amazon.com/Diary-Olga-Romanov-Helen-Azar/dp/1594161771/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1365792438&sr=1-1&keywords=9781594161773

That does sound like an interesting book actually.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Helen_Azar on April 13, 2013, 09:59:17 AM
Hello everyone, yes I am alive and well, and finally my book is completed and almost ready to go.

It ended up being quite a different book than was originally planned, because the diary entries that I translated are only part of it. I also included a lot of Olga's letters to her father at Stavka from the same time period as the diaries, as well as memoir excerpts of the people who were close to Olga and her family, like Anna Vyrubova.

You will also find there the "other side's" perspective, i.e. Alexander Kerensky's take on the events in 1917. And finally, I translated many entries of Nicholas II's diary to continue Olga's story where she left off in March of 1917 when she abruptly stopped writing in her diary,  which go well into their exile to Siberia and the Urals. Most of these things have not been translated into English and published before.

Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Forum Admin on April 13, 2013, 10:05:53 AM
Welcome Back Helen!  That is wonderful news.  Would you mind posting a new thread in the Books Section with the details? I'm certain many users will be interested!

thanks!
FA
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Helen_Azar on April 13, 2013, 10:09:53 AM
Yes, I will, thank you!
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on April 13, 2013, 11:13:19 AM
Nice to see you back, Helen.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Jen_94 on April 13, 2013, 05:32:06 PM
Hello Helen!

Nice to see you back here. I hope your book ends up being a success!!
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Inok Nikolai on April 15, 2013, 04:54:41 PM
I too hope that Inok Nikolai is all right. His contributions are always interesting.

Perhaps he is simply busy.

Ann

               Or seeking study, peace and reflective solitude, as befits his chosen path.  This very excellent and knowledgeable person's prime concerns/loyalty are certainly to a Higher Power.                         Regards, AP.


Hello everyone!

(Thanks, AP, for putting things in their proper perspective.)

And thanks to everyone for your concern. I was moved to read here all your inquiries as to my whereabouts and health, etc.

I'm at least "checking in" now, if not "back for good"! (I did visit the site for the first time again yesterday, trying to catch up on all the unread postings.)

Moving, after having lived at one location for over 30 years, proved to be much more involved than I/we had anticipated.

Winter was coming on when we arrived here, and our first priority was to remodel some of the old farm buildings to make living quarters for everyone. (The population here had gone from three to eighteen, literally overnight!)

And now that spring is here, we are starting construction on our new church and monastery complex.

(I'm also the cook here.)

BUT, God willing, I do hope to take up the Imperial letters project again soon, and to be able to visit the Forum more regularly.

May God bless and keep you all!
Inok Nikolai
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: edubs31 on April 15, 2013, 05:21:13 PM
Inok, great to hear from you!!

Glad things are coming along, if not always smoothly :-) I'm sure I speak for all when I say we look forward to anything you can contribute here on the AP during the occasional downtime of what is your very busy schedule.

Blessings to you and yours as well!

Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Carolath Habsburg on April 15, 2013, 07:03:51 PM
I miss Kmerov. Does anyone have news about him? :-(
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on April 16, 2013, 12:06:08 PM
Welcome back, Inok.  Good to see you're okay.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Jen_94 on April 16, 2013, 03:49:31 PM
Welcome back, Inok!
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on April 16, 2013, 03:55:45 PM
Another lost member reports in.

Now, if we can only hear from RHB, Talya, and bestfriendgirl....
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Kalafrana on April 17, 2013, 04:04:09 AM
Hello Inok Nikolai

It all sounds a major project (especially cooking for 18 people!).

Glad to hear all is well

Ann
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: blessOTMA on April 18, 2013, 03:26:09 PM
Wonderful to hear from you Inok Nikolai!
Thank you for checking in
I think we need a thread for some of your recipes! lol
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on May 07, 2013, 12:02:51 PM
Another reason I'd like to hear from RHB is because I want to tell her about Tatiana (my cat, of course).  She was gone by the time I adopted Tatiana.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Jen_94 on May 07, 2013, 12:43:12 PM
It appears Tayla was on tumblr a few days ago! She appeared 20th/21st April 2013 after a good few months.

Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on May 07, 2013, 05:10:01 PM
Well, at least we know she's still among the living. 

Of course, the question remains as to why she has stopped coming here and severed ties with the online friends she had here, such as Jen and myself.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Jen_94 on May 08, 2013, 06:34:59 AM
Agreed. I'd like to know that question answer too!
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Greenowl on July 04, 2013, 03:53:54 AM
Does anyone know where Lucien is? He has not been active since 1st. May, which is rather odd. Hopefully he is not ill.

Cheers,
GREENOWL
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Vecchiolarry on July 04, 2013, 09:36:58 AM
Hi,

I have sent Lucien a PM asking where he is and is he well.

He may have gone to Sicily, as he vacations there sometime.  I hope so...

Larry
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Greenowl on July 05, 2013, 03:12:25 AM
Thanks Larry!

Let us know if you hear anything.

(worried GREENOWL)
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Kalafrana on July 05, 2013, 03:37:35 AM
Send my regards to Lucien if you get a response - I always like his posts.

Ann
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: grandduchessella on July 06, 2013, 08:10:29 AM
Does anyone know where Lucien is? He has not been active since 1st. May, which is rather odd. Hopefully he is not ill.

Cheers,
GREENOWL

We are friendly outside of the Forum. He is just busy, that's all. I told him that people were missing him and he promised he will be on again as soon as he can. :)
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Vecchiolarry on July 06, 2013, 09:13:58 AM
Thanks Ella,

I'm happy to know that he is well - and just busy...

Cheers,
Larry
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Greenowl on July 06, 2013, 01:17:37 PM
Thanks for the good news. That is a relief!

GREENOWL
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on July 06, 2013, 04:11:15 PM
It's nice that some of our absent posters have the common decency to let us know they're okay.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Jen_94 on July 06, 2013, 05:12:39 PM
Thanks for the news! It will be nice when he returns, definitely.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Rodney_G. on July 11, 2013, 01:23:50 PM
I've noticed that "Sunny" hasn't posted in a while, like in about more than eight months . She was really active and sharp for quite some time. I, for one, would like to see her here again, and hope she's merely "on hiatus".

Sta Lei forse guardandoci, Sunny? Lo spero e che tutto va bene assai.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Jen_94 on July 11, 2013, 04:10:10 PM
I noticed Sunny hasn't been around! I enjoyed her posts, I hope she's okay.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on July 12, 2013, 02:16:51 AM
She was here last in March.  I've sent her a PM, I'll let you know if I hear from her, or maybe she'll post.  I hope she hasn't fallen down the same black hole that swallowed RHB, Talya, and bestfriendsgirl.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Jen_94 on July 12, 2013, 04:08:53 PM
I hope you hear from her! I did enjoy her posts.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on July 12, 2013, 07:27:30 PM
Me too.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: blessOTMA on July 15, 2013, 01:43:36 AM
As far as I know Sunny is fine, but working hard at finishing her decree and working . =)
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Kalafrana on July 21, 2013, 09:31:40 AM
Back from the Nijmegen Marches in sore need of sleep, but otherwise in good fettle (only two blisters over 100 miles!).

It occurred to me while I was away that I hadn't seen anything from Petr for a while.

Ann
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: edubs31 on July 21, 2013, 09:52:29 AM
Back from the Nijmegen Marches in sore need of sleep, but otherwise in good fettle (only two blisters over 100 miles!).

It occurred to me while I was away that I hadn't seen anything from Petr for a while.

Ann

He posted just recently Ann.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Kalafrana on July 22, 2013, 02:57:57 AM
That's good to hear.

I obviously missed him.

Ann
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Petr on July 22, 2013, 12:44:15 PM
Thank you Ann. Your concern makes me feel like Griff.  :-[ Nice to know there is someone out there in cyberspace that keeps track of posts (or their absence) from forum members. Now if we could convince Alixz, AGBear, Elizabeth and even Constantinople (with whom I have had spirited discussions) to return to the land of posters the circle will be complete.  :)
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Rodney_G. on July 22, 2013, 05:06:23 PM
Thank you Ann. Your concern makes me feel like Griff.  :-[ Nice to know there is someone out there in cyberspace that keeps track of posts (or their absence) from forum members. Now if we could convince Alixz, AGBear, Elizabeth and even Constantinople (with whom I have had spirited discussions) to return to the land of posters the circle will be complete.  :)

Hi, Petr. Nice to hear from you more substantively lately. Of those you're interested in, AGBear last posted about seven months ago, though she is still an active, or rather official,  member. Unfortunately Alixz and Constantinople have apparently deleted their accounts, the former for personal and family  reasons  around Feb. or March. The estimable Elisabeth hasn't posted in years , I believe, though I still have an irrational belief that she may again contribute in her usual erudite and uncompromising maner.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Kalafrana on July 23, 2013, 02:57:26 AM
Hello Petr

I too am sorry to hear that Alixz and constantinople have departed.

Before anyone gets worried about me, I shall be away from home for most of August and any posting will be intermittent.

Ann
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on July 23, 2013, 03:04:50 AM
Going on vacation, Ann?
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Greenowl on July 23, 2013, 03:49:17 AM
On that note: I am actually on holiday now, which gives me more time to visit and contribute to the Forum. However, I will resume work again on Thursday thus don't be too worried or surprised if I suddenly "disappear" for a week or two!!

Cheers,
GREENOWL
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Kalafrana on July 23, 2013, 07:02:13 AM
First, I'm going on a cycling trip, then almost immediately on an Air Cadet camp.

Ann
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on August 03, 2013, 12:05:07 AM
Today is RHB's birthday.  I tried to send her an e-mail, and it was bounced back.  That means one of two things.  1.  Her inbox is too full, there is no more room.  2.  Her e-mail account has been deactivated, that only happens if the person doesn't log in for a LONG time.

So this indicates she no longer has an online presence.  Once again I wonder if some misfortune hasn't overtaken her.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: edubs31 on August 03, 2013, 09:58:18 AM
Today is RHB's birthday.  I tried to send her an e-mail, and it was bounced back.  That means one of two things.  1.  Her inbox is too full, there is no more room.  2.  Her e-mail account has been deactivated, that only happens if the person doesn't log in for a LONG time.

So this indicates she no longer has an online presence.  Once again I wonder if some misfortune hasn't overtaken her.

It is sounding more and more like that Tim. Since we naturally expect just to "be around" we often don't consider what happens to the online community and contacts we've made when something unfortunate happens. Sometimes there is someone to pick up the slack and alert people (Robert Hall for example) when you've passed or have permanently been forced to leave for one reason or another.

Our behavior online and being part of group communities such as this is a new phenomenon in annuls of human history. It used to only take word of mouth and a newspaper clipping to alert the rest of our worlds that something happened to us, and not expect us to be around anymore. Not so these days.

I'd hate to speculate on RHB specifically, but I think once I prepare a Will one of the wise things to do is seal a small document with user names and passwords for websites, such as the AP, that I frequently visit. Then in the event of my passing I can instruct whomever I've left behind to alert my acquaintances that I won't be around any longer.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on August 03, 2013, 12:08:34 PM
I've left instructions with a friend (who is the Executor of my will) on whom to contact online should something happen to me.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Greenowl on August 03, 2013, 02:49:52 PM
Today is RHB's birthday.  I tried to send her an e-mail, and it was bounced back.  That means one of two things.  1.  Her inbox is too full, there is no more room.  2.  Her e-mail account has been deactivated, that only happens if the person doesn't log in for a LONG time.

So this indicates she no longer has an online presence.  Once again I wonder if some misfortune hasn't overtaken her.

It is sounding more and more like that Tim.

I don't think we should be too pessimistic, as to mention a few examples, according to Grandduchessella, Lucien is fine, just busy. However, he was a very active contributor, especially in the BeNeLux threads, but stopped posting very abruptly without a word of warning on 1st. May. It is now 3rd. August and a lot of things have happened in Belgium in the meantime, but no comment from Lucien. Britt25 was a very regular contributor to the Habsburg section. I was just about to ask about her when she posted last week, after a break of almost two years, so I don't think that a long silence automatically indicates something negative. People can have problems or move on. I might never have come back but for the fact that (a) someone asked about me and (b) I was very upset to hear about the death of Robert Hall, who was one of my favourite posters and I felt that I just had to comment on his passing. Anyway, hopefully all is well with RHB and all other absent/missing members.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: amelia on August 03, 2013, 03:25:36 PM
How about Tania? I think she was the one, whose father was present at the abdication of the tsar. Do you remember her?

Amelia
(Eva McDonald)
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on August 03, 2013, 05:42:20 PM
I miss Robert, he had some interesting viewpoints.  He and I didn't always agree, but he was fun to debate.


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I don't think we should be too pessimistic, as to mention a few examples, according to Grandduchessella, Lucien is fine, just busy. However, he was a very active contributor, especially in the BeNeLux threads, but stopped posting very abruptly without a word of warning on 1st. May. It is now 3rd. August and a lot of things have happened in Belgium in the meantime, but no comment from Lucien. Britt25 was a very regular contributor to the Habsburg section. I was just about to ask about her when she posted last week, after a break of almost two years, so I don't think that a long silence automatically indicates something negative. People can have problems or move on. I might never have come back but for the fact that (a) someone asked about me and (b) I was very upset to hear about the death of Robert Hall, who was one of my favourite posters and I felt that I just had to comment on his passing. Anyway, hopefully all is well with RHB and all other absent/missing members.

I wish I could feel the same way, Monika.  However, RHB's vanishing was so abrupt that it sent red flags up.  Until I can get proof otherwise, I'm gonna assume the worst.


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How about Tania? I think she was the one, whose father was present at the abdication of the tsar. Do you remember her?

Hmmm, if her father was alive when Nicky abdicated (96 years ago), she must have been getting on in years.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Kalafrana on August 04, 2013, 04:27:44 AM

'Hmmm, if her father was alive when Nicky abdicated (96 years ago), she must have been getting on in years.'

Getting on, but not necessarily ancient. If her father was in his 20s or early 30s in 1917 (was he somebody's ADC?), she could easily have been born as late as 1940, when he was in his 50s.

Ann
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Greenowl on August 04, 2013, 05:24:50 AM
I remember Tania+. She always had a little + after her name. It is a very long time (something like five years) since she was last active. I had the impression that she was not in the best of health....there used to be a prayers and good wishes thread, so if it still exists perhaps there might be some information there. I had no idea that her father was present at the abdication.

Cheers
GREENOWL (Monika)
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: grandduchessella on August 04, 2013, 10:47:55 PM
This is all part of the modern world of technology. Back in the day when there was no internet, it wasn't hard to get the word out to what was probably a fairly compartmentalized circle of people of someone had fallen ill or, God forbid, passed. People who lived farther away or were more casual friends may have gotten a letter or a newspaper clipping. Now, one can have friends who a) lived all over the world or b) are completely separate from other factions of the person's life. In my case, my hubby would know to log-on (or have someone do it) to let people know if something happened to me. (He would also know how important that would be to me.) Also, I am friends on social media with others here so the news could always get out that way. However, that may not be the case with everyone. They may have friends in groups like this and others that aren't part of their day-to-day, 'real' life and thus wouldn't hear the news like people they work with, or go to Church with, etc...and no one would think to let them know or, perhaps, how to.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: historyfan on August 04, 2013, 11:11:02 PM
From experience, I can tell you that finding out about the (sudden) death of a friend via social media is *horrible*. I thought it was a prank, some sort of disgusting hack job. My friend who had charged herself with the task of sending personal emails to the rest of the "circle" didn't have a chance to do so before the word got out over facebook. She still feels guilty about that - and that was three and a half years ago. : (

Of course this pertains to "real life" friends and not strictly online ones.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on August 05, 2013, 07:21:45 AM
In my opinion, your friend has nothing to be guilty about, Yvette.  It's just part of the world we live in now that Facebook can get messages out as fast as it can.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Rodney_G. on August 06, 2013, 06:09:50 PM

'Hmmm, if her father was alive when Nicky abdicated (96 years ago), she must have been getting on in years.'

Getting on, but not necessarily ancient. If her father was in his 20s or early 30s in 1917 (was he somebody's ADC?), she could easily have been born as late as 1940, when he was in his 50s.

Ann

Tania + wasn't young five years ago, but she was (is, I like to hope) vital and engaged. A fervent admirer of the Imperial Family.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Jen_94 on August 07, 2013, 07:42:52 AM
When I used to lurk around on here, I remember reading Tania's posts. I do hope she is okay!
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on August 06, 2014, 05:33:44 PM
Ironic that Jen94 was the last to post here, since it seems she has become the latest member of the APTM to do a Jimmy Hoffa impression.  She hasn't been seen since April 21.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: rachel5a on August 16, 2014, 01:52:37 PM
How is Lisa Davidson?
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: imperial angel on August 16, 2014, 03:18:54 PM
This is an interesting thread. I used to post here a lot, back in the day( I joined in August, 2005). Then I posted less and less after about 2009. I just got caught up in other websites, many of which barely existed or did not exist in 2005, and in other interests and online friendships. I think that's probably happened to others who no longer post here much or at all. It's sad Alixz left, and that Tania hasn't posted in such a long time. I barely know who posts here anymore. Sometimes I think people just have their say here and then move on to other things. I ran up thousands of posts on here, but nowadays I look back and realize some stuff I posted on here when I was say, 19( I'm 28 now) was not the perspective I would have to day and that some of my posts were immature or repetitive or both. I regret that. But at least I was a 19- 20 year old who enjoyed history, even if I am sure I would have contributed more to the forum if I hadn't posted so much at one time. I think it's interesting to get new faces in online forums. I feel nostalgia for what this forum used to be like, even while I really don't know what it's like today. I just logged in here yesterday because I saw an article about the Romanovs and then I remembered I hadn't glanced at this forum in months. So I came here and saw this thread.

I used to be friends with Tania on here, and off of here. I thought then and I still think she's a very interesting person. I didn't know her father was mentioned in a book about the Romanovs? Which book was that- ''Years?'' I've read so many books on the Romanovs that I don't remember which one that was. I looked her up online and it looks to me like she's doing fine, though I haven't had any contact with her since she stopped posting here. People sometimes just fall out of contact online or stop posting on forums because they move on to other  things, online and off.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Kimberly on August 16, 2014, 04:11:50 PM
Ha ha ha well Imperial Angel, there is a blast from the past. I was only thinking about you the other day. Yes, those were the good old days weren't they !
I think people drifted off from here after the second grave was found and the remains identified but that's just my humble opinion. Goodness me, so many interesting and fun posters have drifted away. Etonexile and the divine Martyn to name but two oh and how can I forget Eddie uk. - sigh - those were the days.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: edubs31 on August 16, 2014, 04:52:50 PM
I don't go back very long like many of you AP veterans (although I did hover over the site for a while before officially joining). What I'm seeing more and more of is the explosion of social media, something that was in its infancy when this forum began back in 2003/04. Far as I can tell there is no less interest in the Romanovs/royalty it's just that it's spread out over more platforms. I subscribe to a few group pages on Facebook, for example, where I'm consistently getting information on the topics that interest me most.

But we should all keep in mind that there's a difference between traffic to a site and the activity on its boards. There may have been only 842 new posts last month. Roughly one-tenth the all-time high of 8,405 set back in October, 2006, but there were also 2.83-million page views. That's more than 3 1/2 times the total traffic this page was getting in 10/06. People are visiting the forum in record numbers, but because so many topics of interest have been so thoroughly discussed there is far less reason to post. Unlike a typical "fan page" we aren't following the lives of the living here on the AP. Or at least that isn't the main focus. These people are dead and gone for decades or centuries now and there is a finite amount of "new" information being revealed.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Greenowl on September 07, 2014, 06:16:56 PM
Ha ha ha well Imperial Angel, there is a blast from the past. I was only thinking about you the other day. Yes, those were the good old days weren't they !
I think people drifted off from here after the second grave was found and the remains identified but that's just my humble opinion. Goodness me, so many interesting and fun posters have drifted away. Etonexile and the divine Martyn to name but two oh and how can I forget Eddie uk. - sigh - those were the days.

Yes indeed, those were the days!!!! There is a lot less activity today, which is a pity, but I suppose things (and Forum members) move on!

Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: grandduchessella on September 10, 2014, 03:40:44 PM
Oh, Martyn and Eddie UK--how I miss them! Martyn was my very first friend here on the Forum. I tried communicating with him over the years since he's fallen off but to no avail.

A lot of members are on Facebook groups such as Queen Victoria's Granddaughters (set up by Forum member Ilana Miller) and others.

I wish there was more activity here because the old days WERE golden.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Dru on September 10, 2014, 04:36:51 PM
I was a lurker through the "golden" days of the Forum, and I've been a member since 2008, so I have a pretty good idea what you guys are reminiscing about.  I wish I had joined earlier, but I was just too shy.  Unfortunately, I think a lot of people have moved on to Tumblr and other social media sites, which is why participation is down around here.  That's my best guess, anyway...
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on September 10, 2014, 05:17:21 PM
Yes, but that still doesn't explain why they have to sever ties with the friends they made here.  Why do e-mails and such go unanswered?  Why do they turn into a 21st Century Jimmy Hoffa and/or Judge Crater?
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Dru on September 10, 2014, 06:09:24 PM
Yes, but that still doesn't explain why they have to sever ties with the friends they made here.  Why do e-mails and such go unanswered?  Why do they turn into a 21st Century Jimmy Hoffa and/or Judge Crater?

I'm wondering if they receive email notifications about PMs--I've missed several PMs of late because the notifications have been sent to my spam box, and other messages just never get through.  Maybe some of them aren't deliberately severing ties with us  :-\
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on September 11, 2014, 07:31:34 AM
Yes, but I've e-mailed RHB directly and she won't answer.  In fact, her e-mail now bounces back, this means:

1.  Her Inbox is so full of unanswered e-mails, there is no room for new ones.

2.  Her account has been inactive so long that it was shut down.

Either way, RHB was just gone, with no apparent explanation, vanished like a thief in the night.  That's a lousy thing to do to an online friend, especially when you're involved in an interactive writing project with them.  
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Jen_94 on November 06, 2014, 10:50:01 AM
Pleased to announce I am back :D

Sorry for the prolonged absence, my computer was up the creep, but I can access APTM on my ipad thankfully so...hi! :)

I still wonder about RHB  too actually, I hope all is okay her end :( I did never know her but I hope she is alright.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on November 06, 2014, 11:01:54 AM
Welcome back, Jen.  It's good to see that you're okay.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Jen_94 on November 06, 2014, 11:07:56 AM
Thanks! Yep I am totally fine :)
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: edubs31 on November 06, 2014, 12:17:20 PM
Now you need to fix you screen avatar. I miss seeing little sailor Maria :-)
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on November 06, 2014, 12:22:47 PM
And, as you know, Jen, Days is back too.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Dru on November 07, 2014, 09:29:43 PM
Hi Jen!  We're glad to have you back--it's been really dead around here lately.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: wakas on November 25, 2014, 06:33:54 PM
Another member not heard for a while: Grand Princess Shandroise. She hasn't been here since October 12th. I wonder what is going on with her. I do hope she is okay.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Dru on November 25, 2014, 08:34:04 PM
Another member not heard for a while: Grand Princess Shandroise. She hasn't been here since October 12th. I wonder what is going on with her. I do hope she is okay.

I hear from her every now and again, and last I knew, she was doing okay.  She just doesn't have as much time to be online right now, but I do hope she'll be around more in the future.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: wakas on November 25, 2014, 08:38:55 PM
Thank you, Dru, for your answer. I'm glad to hear she's okay. I was starting to get worried.

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I do hope she'll be around more in the future.

I hope so too.

Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Galactic_Misfit on January 04, 2015, 11:02:31 PM
Hey guys! I'm back from my long hiatus, too. I guess life just got in the way too much.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on January 05, 2015, 04:27:53 AM
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Hey guys! I'm back from my long hiatus, too. I guess life just got in the way too much.

Hey, welcome back!
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Jen_94 on July 09, 2015, 01:56:53 PM
I'm back!

Yeah I do need to fix this avatar, I have a new laptop so have to transfer it all onto my new one-or the stuff I want to keep, so it should be back soon!
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on July 10, 2015, 02:03:03 AM
I hope you'll now have time to read the Days revival, Jen.  I would like to hear your thoughts on it.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Geniebeanie on November 10, 2015, 08:05:02 PM
I had a fire and had to move.  In the mist of everything, lost my book of passwords for my web addresses.  I tried reaching Time Machine on facebook.  No one even emailed me.  I found some old papers and note books.  In one was my password. Some times you cannot accessed the site.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Inok Nikolai on December 13, 2015, 04:47:34 PM
May I presume that this is also the proper place to post before one goes missing?

We have outgrown the premises here, so the diocese is transferring us to a property approx. 50 miles away.

They plan to open a smaller convent here after we are gone.

So, I'm moving again and, thus, may be without Internet access and "incommunicado" for a while.

But, D.v.,  I will be back ASAP.

May you all have a blessed Christmas!
Inok Nikolai
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Lolita on December 13, 2015, 05:59:53 PM
I decided to come back on here after a six-year hiatus. I'm surprised I remembered my login information! It's so weird coming back on here after all this time. It's like digging up a time capsule to my 12-14 year old self. I'm 20 now, and reading those older posts, it's a wonder anyone could stand me. I come off as so obnoxious, and my grammar is just hideous.

I can't really remember why I left. I used to have a DeviantART page under the name LadyLolitaLennon909 (and also used the name AnneFrank284 around this time), but I've since deleted that page. I guess the main reason why I left was because I lost interest in royalty and the Romanovs, and I was in middle school around this time and life got in the way. I remember being really depressed around the time I left AP and deleted my DA page. I don't really regret quitting my DA page, because I've been able to preserve a lot of the work I did around this time, even if I don't think most of it is all that great. I can do a lot better now. But, *sigh*, it's a reminder of how far I've come in my artistic abilities.

The only member on here that I remember talking to frequently was Hattie James. I remember she had a thing with Keegan, though I don't know what has happened since then. We had a lot of interests in common outside of the Romanovs, including The Beatles. I remember talking to her once since I left AP and it was about Elliott Smith's death. That was awhile ago too, and I don't know what she's been up to.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Kalafrana on December 14, 2015, 01:09:58 AM
Inok Nikolai

I hope your move goes smoothly and you are back soon.

Your monastery must be really flourishing if you keep outgrowing premises like this!

Ann
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: edubs31 on December 14, 2015, 08:00:03 PM
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I decided to come back on here after a six-year hiatus. I'm surprised I remembered my login information! It's so weird coming back on here after all this time. It's like digging up a time capsule to my 12-14 year old self. I'm 20 now, and reading those older posts, it's a wonder anyone could stand me. I come off as so obnoxious, and my grammar is just hideous.

Welcome back. And I wouldn't be so hard on yourself. Though I wasn't around six years ago to judge like a number of other members on this forum the simple fact that you even found and joined a serious history site such as this at the tender age of 12 speaks volumes in and unto itself!

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I guess the main reason why I left was because I lost interest in royalty and the Romanovs, and I was in middle school around this time and life got in the way.

It seems to ebb and flow with most people. A burst of interest for a few months and then Romanovphilia recedes below the surface again. Funny thing is that I had a similar experience around the same age. When I was an adolescent in the early-90s, shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union, I remember having a burst of interest in this subject, mostly past down from my mother who had recently read Nicholas & Alexandra. It lasted for maybe a year. But I was young - only 11 or 12 - and history subjects weren't of immediate interest or concern. Then a few years later when the Jewels Tour made it's way to the U.S. I got interested again for a few months...would have been 17 or 18 at this time. But once again it vanished and I moved onto to other subjects of historical interest; American Civil War, Vietnam-era, WW2, etc. Finally the bug bit me again in 2011, almost out of nowhere, and while the last year and half or so has been a busier (hectic!) time in my life it's never really left me...

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We had a lot of interests in common outside of the Romanovs, including The Beatles.

I think you and I would definitely have gotten along then :-)

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I remember talking to her once since I left AP and it was about Elliott Smith's death.

As in "Miss Misery" Elliot Smith? That was at least a couple of years before you joined the AP I believe.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Lolita on December 15, 2015, 12:57:14 PM
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Welcome back. And I wouldn't be so hard on yourself. Though I wasn't around six years ago to judge like a number of other members on this forum the simple fact that you even found and joined a serious history site such as this at the tender age of 12 speaks volumes in and unto itself!

True.

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It seems to ebb and flow with most people. A burst of interest for a few months and then Romanovphilia recedes below the surface again. Funny thing is that I had a similar experience around the same age. When I was an adolescent in the early-90s, shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union, I remember having a burst of interest in this subject, mostly past down from my mother who had recently read Nicholas & Alexandra. It lasted for maybe a year. But I was young - only 11 or 12 - and history subjects weren't of immediate interest or concern. Then a few years later when the Jewels Tour made it's way to the U.S. I got interested again for a few months...would have been 17 or 18 at this time. But once again it vanished and I moved onto to other subjects of historical interest; American Civil War, Vietnam-era, WW2, etc. Finally the bug bit me again in 2011, almost out of nowhere, and while the last year and half or so has been a busier (hectic!) time in my life it's never really left me...

My Romanov interest hasn't really been revived, but I decided to look back at this forum for nostalgia's sake. Speaking of Robert K. Massie, I read his Catherine the Great biography when it was released, and loved it just as much as I did Nicholas and Alexandra.

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I think you and I would definitely have gotten along then :-)

Aww, thanks! I remember getting along with people and they seemed to like me okay, but reading those old posts are quite cringeworthy. I know I was 12 and unsophisticated, but still.

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As in "Miss Misery" Elliot Smith? That was at least a couple of years before you joined the AP I believe.

Yes, you're correct. He died in 2003, but we were talking about it years after the fact, around 2012 if I remember correctly.

What's interesting is some of the things I had forgotten about, such as my Romanov dreams and how I found the forum in the first place. I had completely forgotten all of that!
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on December 16, 2015, 06:50:53 AM
Welcome back.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Ortino on December 16, 2015, 09:34:34 AM
As others have pointed out, I think members' activity depends on their interest level, where they are in their lives, etc. I have never fully disappeared from here, but have become more of a reader than a poster in the last couple of years. I also work with material relating to the Romanovs and Imperial Russia on a daily basis so I tend to get my fill that way.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Inok Nikolai on December 26, 2015, 12:55:12 PM
May I presume that this is also the proper place to post before one goes missing?

We have outgrown the premises here, so the diocese is transferring us to a property approx. 50 miles away.

They plan to open a smaller convent here after we are gone.

So, I'm moving again and, thus, may be without Internet access and "incommunicado" for a while.

But, D.v.,  I will be back ASAP.

May you all have a blessed Christmas!
Inok Nikolai

Well, thank God, the first stage of the major move went rather smoothly, so I can at least check in from time to time now.
However, there is much still to do here in the coming months.
But I do enjoy being able to log in and check the site for all the updates and new information.
Have a blessed New Year!
Inok Nikolai
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Kalafrana on December 26, 2015, 02:02:38 PM
This is good news.

I hope things to go smoothly.

Ann
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Rodney_G. on December 27, 2015, 03:59:40 PM
May I presume that this is also the proper place to post before one goes missing?

We have outgrown the premises here, so the diocese is transferring us to a property approx. 50 miles away.

They plan to open a smaller convent here after we are gone.

So, I'm moving again and, thus, may be without Internet access and "incommunicado" for a while.

But, D.v.,  I will be back ASAP.

May you all have a blessed Christmas!
Inok Nikolai

Well, thank God, the first stage of the major move went rather smoothly, so I can at least check in from time to time now.
However, there is much still to do here in the coming months.
But I do enjoy being able to log in and check the site for all the updates and new information.
Have a blessed New Year!
Inok Nikolai
Thanks for the Christmas wishes, Inok Nikolai, and a ' blessed Christmas' to you as your Orthodox one arrives later this week. A winter move can't be easy, but at least you wil have experienced much warmer than normal temperatures in your area( me too).
Post when you get the chance; your sources and insights are always a nice contribution.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: pastpalacelife on May 03, 2016, 03:46:36 PM
So sad about rob hall. I just saw that he passed. He always had such interesting observations.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Louis_Charles on June 09, 2016, 02:52:18 PM
He did, and he was also a gentleman of the old school.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Dru on August 07, 2016, 07:52:49 PM
Hi everybody!  I haven't been around much in recent months (I've been busy completing my MFA!), but I'm back, and I'm looking forward to reconnecting with all my old friends :)
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on August 08, 2016, 07:20:53 AM
Welcome back, Amanda.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Dru on August 08, 2016, 10:21:14 PM
Welcome back, Amanda.

Thanks, Tim.  I'm glad to be back!
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Teddy on September 25, 2016, 05:45:23 AM
I have spend days and days, scrolling the AP Forum. It was a fascinating time, until about October 2009. I think I was and early Facebook addicted :D and soon other members of the Forum appeared there as well. So I had not so much reason anymore to post (I wasn't really a regular poster back then) and found it also more interesting to see those, which I had communicated with, how they looked like.

Sometimes I return overhere and scroll and scroll. It gives me a strange feeling, because this community almost died out.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: edubs31 on September 25, 2016, 08:22:53 PM
Teddy. It didn't really die out, it just went to social media. A logical transition.

That and, let's be honest, so much is now known about the Romanovs and so little new has come out in the past decade it makes sense that interest has dropped off some.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Carolath Habsburg on October 11, 2016, 09:09:00 AM
Mostly of us moved to tumblr. Personally i stopped posting here often when someone told me , while i was recovering of a miscarrage scare, that i posted too much ( and that was annoying for him)
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Kitt on March 07, 2017, 11:57:05 AM
I haven't read or been on this forum in years now. Folks here have always been interesting to me, and I do look at pictures in Pinterest.  My forum shortcut fell through the cracks a couple of times when my computer had problem, was changed or the system upgraded  I am finally retired, and living in Bethlehem, Pa.  All these years, I am still a newbie. I just don't write unless some subject really hits me.  Anyway, it is nice to be here again.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: LisaDavidson on March 12, 2017, 12:00:08 AM
Welcome back, Kitt!

Someone asked about me. I've always been a friend of Bob's and Rob's. They can always reach me.

I became ill in 2012 and had to stop working for some time. I resumed working but stopped in 2015. I have been disabled since. My husband and I retired and moved to Murrieta, CA in May 2016.

I care for my mother in law who is in the early stages of dementia. But, I finally have time for this Forum again, which makes me very happy. Ilana Miller remains a dear friend. She has been looking for Alixz.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: JGP on March 12, 2017, 12:22:31 AM
Mostly of us moved to tumblr. Personally i stopped posting here often when someone told me , while i was recovering of a miscarrage scare, that i posted too much ( and that was annoying for him)
I have been a long time lurker (10+ years) on this site and finally started posting last year.  I want to tell you that I have always enjoyed your posts and I hope that you have fully recovered.  Kind regards, JGP
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on March 12, 2017, 07:31:43 AM
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Ilana Miller remains a dear friend. She has been looking for Alixz.

Alixz  has been gone from here almost five years now.  Where does the time go?
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Kalafrana on March 12, 2017, 09:20:49 AM
I hadn't realised it was as long as that.

I miss Alixz's contributions.

Ann
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: LisaDavidson on March 12, 2017, 09:23:46 AM
Thank you for your kind words.

Culturally, the Romanovs have gone through many ups and downs since their murder. I suppose it is to be expected. With much but not all of the controversies resolved, many don't post as often as before. Some of us may feel our voices  need not be heard, or do not have the urgency they once did.

As to online friends, I am saddened by the losses such as yours, Tim M, of those like RBH. My personal policy is and has always been, I use my real name, and if we are friends, I share my email and cell phone. That doesn't mean there have not been bumps in the road.

I once befriended a teen from here who was attending college and we talked and emailed and phoned for years. Then he wanted to come out to CA and meet. I asked him if he told his parents of his plans and he assured me he had. So I picked him up at LAX and after driving him around for the better part of a day, he told me he had to leave. I never got the full story, but my guess is he never told his parents of his plans and they must have freaked after hearing horror stories about the awful things that happened to kids from online friendships.

The sad part about the Imperial Family for me is that their church has apparently abandoned them just as so many so called friends must have after the Revolution.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: TimM on March 12, 2017, 12:00:50 PM
Good to have you back, Lisa.


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Culturally, the Romanovs have gone through many ups and downs since their murder. I suppose it is to be expected. With much but not all of the controversies resolved, many don't post as often as before. Some of us may feel our voices  need not be heard, or do not have the urgency they once did.

Now that we're at the centennial of the Russian Revolution, things might pick up again.


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I am saddened by the losses such as yours, Tim M, of those like RBH.

Thanks, Lisa.  Five-and-a-half years later, her disappearance still puzzles me.


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The sad part about the Imperial Family for me is that their church has apparently abandoned them just as so many so called friends must have after the Revolution.

I guess you mean the ROC's foot dragging on the burial of the last of the two children.   
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: LisaDavidson on March 12, 2017, 03:26:52 PM
Yes and constantly doubting the results of every kind of testing every time they have been tested. I have totally lost respect for the ROC as a result.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: von Ebert on March 12, 2017, 11:04:26 PM
  Unfortunately there are a number of people put on the blacklist been Tania or another that may have true information they may only know and care to share, but there are control persons who decide what can be read or not read, in short they act like a dictator   

The founder of Alexanders Palace purpose was formed for others to communicate with each other and share what they wish to say and enlighten us all with stories of the royal families or ask opinions of other members.

It is now up to past and present forum members  to ask the founder in writing to allow a free hand in providing or asking information on this site be posted otherwise it defeats the purpose and hard work of the founder of Alexanders Palace web forum. If this problem is not corrected this web site will disappear just like some of its past members.

N.M.H.



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- I agree that we have probably lost more members than we will ever know. I know there was a bright kind lady who posted, if I remember as Tania+. I haven't heard from her in years and she used to send me manuscripts in the regular mail. The last time I spoke with her, she was very ill.

She was often "booed" for her posting about her ancestors as there were some who did not believe in her stories and thought she was making them up.

There was also another whom we called "Bear" who had a Pooh Bear icon. I haven't heard from her in a long time either.

I also know that there are those who have been blocked by FA for various reasons or have left voluntarily as they no longer agreed with the way things are done here. Some of them I miss greatly.

I have often wondered if my husband or son would think to let the forum know if anything happened to me. Probably my son, as he is an ITech and is very aware of the sites I use and the places I post.

But perhaps I will just disappear one day and someone like you, edubs, will say, "We haven't heard from Alixz in a long time. Didn't she used to be a Moderator? I wonder where she went."
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Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: edubs31 on March 13, 2017, 12:08:17 AM
Von Ebert. Funny you mentioned me as the person who might ask what happened to Alixz.

As it turns out I've been in contact with her recently. It's not my business to disclose any personal information or her specific reasons for leaving the forum, but I can tell you she's doing well at the moment and, while the Romanovs never stray far from her radar, she's currently more interested in other historical subjects.

I think a lot of people who are very active leave a forum such as this...possibly for a couple months for any number of reasons...and then are too embarrassed to return or too tired to play catch up.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Forum Admin on March 13, 2017, 02:51:37 AM
I am disturbed by the tone of this post. Nobody is removed because of what they said. Over the last decade, perhaps a dozen users, out of the several thousand, were banned for their behavior. NOT their beliefs.

We are dedicated to free speech. Rules are necessary. I try to keep the rules as flexible as possible, but some rules are simply required. We can't have libelous speech for living people. We can't have abusive behavior of other users. We decided to accept the DNA findings of the IF remains (after personal conversations with those who did the DNA analysis and published the conclusions) and felt continued discussion of "survivors" was simply divisive and not appropriate.

Tania was never banned from the Forum.  I found her a lovely person and had no problem with her.

I am no "dictator" and frankly find such to be disgusting and based on supposition and not reality.  Nobody prevents free discussion here. We encourage free discussion, so long as the few rules are followed.

Myth and unsupported fantasy suppositions aren't allowed, such is not the purpose of a factual based history forum. Any other rational factual based discussion is encouraged.

Von Ebert's libelous accusations are frankly disgusting.  This website has been here for 20 years. This website is copied and catalogued by the Library of Congress as a valuable resource, of which we are most proud.

Von Ebert has been asked repeatedly to provide factual basis for assertions and has repeatedly refused to provide the answers.  The unsupported and unsubstantiated rantings of assertions are not the point of this Forum.

The fact that Von Ebert believes that founder of the website is not working with me shows how little he knows and how incorrect he is.  The founder of this website is my husband of 25 years and I have been the admin of this Forum since day one and act with his full support, authority and confidence.

Of the 3,000 or so users of the Forum, only a small handfull have left. Only a dozen or so were banned. 99% of our users are still registered, welcomed and free to participate or not as they wish. There is no "problem".

If you have "true" information, be prepared to demonstrate the TRUTH of the information with more than your belief and "say so". Have evidence and demonstrate the evidence. Von Ebert refuses to do so.

Yet, von Ebert is still here, No?

I demand an apology or if Von Ebert doesn't like this Forum, go elsewhere.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: edubs31 on March 13, 2017, 11:20:38 PM
Hear hear!

I'm no veteran of this forum but I have been one of the most active posters over the past 5 1/2 years or so and have had the privilege to interact with a number of wonderful & wise individuals on the AP. We should all be grateful for the Time Machine and it's accompanying forum. Last I checked there are no paid subscriptions needed for the AP nor is it the unvetted mess that social media pages often are.

Something else I like to point out from time to time is while actual posts may only be a fraction of what they were several years ago if you look at the number of page views it remains consistently high. In some ways one could argue this reflects the success of what is ostensibly a forum for research and historiography. Visitors come to the site and view the thousands of topic threats touching on every subject imaginable. Instead of needing to post dozens of questions they are able to find most of what they're looking for and interested in just by reading.

The same person 10-12 years ago might not have had such an easy time of it. This at a time when some mystery still remained. With each passing year more books are written, articles posted, and information presented. Perhaps there is simply less to discuss nowadays as so much information - thanks in a large part to the AP - has become so readily available. This and the aforementioned rise of social media platforms becoming more popular (especially for young people) than traditional online forums.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Forum Admin on March 14, 2017, 12:14:13 AM
Thank you. It is gratifying to be appreciated.  ;)  While the number of posts is lower than it once was, the number of users daily is still strong. About 1000 users per day come here. There are about 150 users here at any one time of the day.  There will never be a charge to access the historical information here. That has always been Bob's pledge, and will never change.  Free and unfettered access to this historical information and the accuracy and confidence of that accuracy of that information will always be our guiding goal.
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: von Ebert on March 19, 2017, 03:18:32 PM
I am disturbed by the tone of this post. Nobody is removed because of what they said. Over the last decade, perhaps a dozen users, out of the several thousand, were banned for their behavior. NOT their beliefs.

We are dedicated to free speech. Rules are necessary. I try to keep the rules as flexible as possible, but some rules are simply required. We can't have libelous speech for living people. We can't have abusive behavior of other users. We decided to accept the DNA findings of the IF remains (after personal conversations with those who did the DNA analysis and published the conclusions) and felt continued discussion of "survivors" was simply divisive and not appropriate.

Tania was never banned from the Forum.  I found her a lovely person and had no problem with her.

I am no "dictator" and frankly find such to be disgusting and based on supposition and not reality.  Nobody prevents free discussion here. We encourage free discussion, so long as the few rules are followed.

Myth and unsupported fantasy suppositions aren't allowed, such is not the purpose of a factual based history forum. Any other rational factual based discussion is encouraged.

Von Ebert's libelous accusations are frankly disgusting.  This website has been here for 20 years. This website is copied and catalogued by the Library of Congress as a valuable resource, of which we are most proud.

Von Ebert has been asked repeatedly to provide factual basis for assertions and has repeatedly refused to provide the answers.  The unsupported and unsubstantiated rantings of assertions are not the point of this Forum.

The fact that Von Ebert believes that founder of the website is not working with me shows how little he knows and how incorrect he is.  The founder of this website is my husband of 25 years and I have been the admin of this Forum since day one and act with his full support, authority and confidence.

Of the 3,000 or so users of the Forum, only a small handfull have left. Only a dozen or so were banned. 99% of our users are still registered, welcomed and free to participate or not as they wish. There is no "problem".

If you have "true" information, be prepared to demonstrate the TRUTH of the information with more than your belief and "say so". Have evidence and demonstrate the evidence. Von Ebert refuses to do so.

Yet, von Ebert is still here, No?

I demand an apology or if Von Ebert doesn't like this Forum, go elsewhere.


It was not our intent to criticize but provide factual information about a ancestor gene that continues to descend to a few born royals then and present day. For our our comments we were criticized that we did not know of what we spoke of .

The photos we posted were from our research and personal knowledge of such inheritance. 
a few photos of Czar Nicholas  11 his son Alexei and one daughter Anastasia showing the same inherited bloodline markers were downloaded from Alexanders Palace time machine that other members other than our self had posted.

Alexanders Palace is an important and informative site for all to see and comment on. we believe it was set up to allow those who supported the Romanov royals and others who shared  a related ancestry and bloodline.

In the case of RBD posting pictures of what we understand to be real is not for RBD benefit but like this web sight to share amongst those members who support such web page such as we do.

Presently we are working on the bloodline that produces the visible markers mentioned that some Romanov' s inherited  as did a few of within related royal lines of Czar Nicholas 11 who still show the inheritance of said mentioned markers.  Such Bloodline goes back far  as three thousand years or more.

Thank you for your comments and concerns


Frederic von Ebert

Royal Bloodline Descent

Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Terence on March 19, 2017, 08:10:03 PM
Thank you. It is gratifying to be appreciated.  ;)  While the number of posts is lower than it once was, the number of users daily is still strong. About 1000 users per day come here. There are about 150 users here at any one time of the day.  There will never be a charge to access the historical information here. That has always been Bob's pledge, and will never change.  Free and unfettered access to this historical information and the accuracy and confidence of that accuracy of that information will always be our guiding goal.
« Last Edit: March 14, 2017, 12:20:28 AM by Forum Admin »

Yes, this site is a gem of historical info.  I've been gone for awhile, life and other interests distracted.  Then when I tried to come back on I couldn't remember my info to log in.

The idea that it's 2017 compelled me to try again.  It worked!  I see some familiar faces here but wonder about others.  I was still here when Robert Hall passed on as I found I'd referenced that, but wonder about others.  Louis-Charles, Grandduchessella, Bear?, Tsarfan been around?

Have any regular posters from say 2005-13 passed on since then?  Well HEY to those that remember me, I was never prolific but enjoyed some great exchanges here. :) :eek:
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Carolath Habsburg on March 20, 2017, 04:35:20 PM
Grandduchessella post often in facebook in royal groups
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Forum Admin on March 20, 2017, 04:43:24 PM
I am in regular contact with GDE, Tsarfan and Louis Charles in "the real world".
Title: Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
Post by: Terence on March 20, 2017, 06:33:25 PM
That's good to hear FA.  Please give them my best when you "see" them.  Let them know I'm still on this side of the sod.  Be well.