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CPF Sold - Under New Management

https://www.candlepowerforums.com/threads/changes.477215/

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Hey everyone... this week will see some changes to CPF. First... I am in the process of selling CPF and it should be complete within a few days. The reins have already been turned over to the new owner and he is currently gathering everything he needs to move forward. He will be switching software but has assured me he wants to maintain the "look" of CPF. I have checked out the new platform and I have to say I like it. I think you all will too once you get used to it.

 

Many members of BLF are former CPF refugees, including myself. I hope the change are positive. I may consider re-joining, after monitoring for a while. 

 

 

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still with the same dumb moderators Oops

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why would it change? except the owner and new look, same members, same mods.

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I wonder how much cash she got for CPF Cash

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I never got around to playing over there and it sounds like that was a good thing.
Sure like it here.

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Bort wrote:
I wonder how much cash she got for CPF Cash

She?

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zoulas wrote:
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I wonder how much cash she got for CPF $)
She?

 

Yes, Kelly Dreller, who went by the nick-name "Greta" on the forum. 

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I’ve loved the place since ’12, but it’s been dying on the vine since the fall of 2017. I’ve really never had a problem there, but oh well…

This place has benefited, but that place was great, although things have changed.

Time will tell.

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i think she sold it in time while it worth something. it seems it is heading to the same place AOL. and myspace went. unless new owner does something radical, like getting rid of some mods who drive members away, thou it maybe too late, the forum is permanently contaminated by those few,

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I hate to be a dick…but I don’t care about cpf.

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Double tap.

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ChrisGarrett wrote:
I’ve loved the place since ’12, but it’s been dying on the vine since the fall of 2017. I’ve really never had a problem there, but oh well…

This place has benefited, but that place was great, although things have changed.

Time will tell.


I had found it hard to be a member there, they have so many rules that just getting approved to post was like applying for a new job and hoping you met the requirements and didn’t get booted for some arbitrary reason.
The mods would boot you for posts that didn’t meet their high standards for quality.

BLF is much more welcoming, i can ask questions with no sword of Damocles hovering over my head.

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i think she sold it in time while it worth something. it seems it is heading to the same place AOL. and myspace went. unless new owner does something radical, like getting rid of some mods who drive members away, thou it maybe too late, the forum is permanently contaminated by those few,

I don’t think so.

CPF was beginning to die back in October of 2017, right after Hurricane Irma.

You could see the ‘review forum’ tank, you could see the ‘recommend me a light’ forum tank and in the past year, ‘electronics/batteries’ has tanked.

It’s completely obvious when it happened, if one has paid attention.

Nothing lasts forever.

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I hope CPF improves, for the sake of the flashlight hobby as a whole, but I rarely look at CPF anymore.  :BEER:

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Bort wrote:
ChrisGarrett wrote:
I’ve loved the place since ’12, but it’s been dying on the vine since the fall of 2017. I’ve really never had a problem there, but oh well…

This place has benefited, but that place was great, although things have changed.

Time will tell.


I had found it hard to be a member there, they have so many rules that just getting approved to post was like applying for a new job and hoping you met the requirements and didn’t get booted for some arbitrary reason.
The mods would boot you for posts that didn’t meet their high standards for quality.

BLF is much more welcoming, i can ask questions with no sword of Damocles hovering over my head.

Unless you’re a total dickhead, I don’t believe your point.

I’m one of the most contentious posters and I never had a problem there, until I got into something about X, where the other guy was reprimanded.

In 9 years, I was never warned personally and I never had an outright post deleted.

I did use a curse word, once and it was deleted, but that was it.

I’m all over the net and most times, the problem is with the poster, IME.

And I’ve been a Mod over at AudioAsylum for 21 years and that place has more contentious pricks than DemocratUnderground, lol.

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ChrisGarrett wrote:
Bort wrote:
ChrisGarrett wrote:
I’ve loved the place since ’12, but it’s been dying on the vine since the fall of 2017. I’ve really never had a problem there, but oh well…

This place has benefited, but that place was great, although things have changed.

Time will tell.


I had found it hard to be a member there, they have so many rules that just getting approved to post was like applying for a new job and hoping you met the requirements and didn’t get booted for some arbitrary reason.
The mods would boot you for posts that didn’t meet their high standards for quality.

BLF is much more welcoming, i can ask questions with no sword of Damocles hovering over my head.

Unless you’re a total dickhead, I don’t believe your point.

I’m one of the most contentious posters and I never had a problem there, until I got into something about X, where the other guy was reprimanded.

In 9 years, I was never warned personally and I never had an outright post deleted.

I did use a curse word, once and it was deleted, but that was it.

I’m all over the net and most times, the problem is with the poster, IME.

And I’ve been a Mod over at AudioAsylum for 21 years and that place has more contentious pricks than DemocraticUnderground, lol.

Chris


When i joined they had to preapprove posts, i got through that then i got hammered for low quality posts. I think i asked a few questions in those posts so i guess the low quality was that i didn’t add to the community but was taking from it.

I stopped bothering, if CPF posts come up in google search results thats great and i have enjoyed reading some of the technical reviews and used that information in this hobby but i never again tried to register for an account.

I wish them well.

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Wow.  That's like the end of an era or something.  I rarely browse there anymore but they were instrumental in kicking off my interest in lights, long long time ago.  Honestly I was much happier and more jazzed about lights when BLF started up and I found it I guess a year or so afterwards.  Looks like CPF is still pretty low volume on threads and comments but the new look is a bit nicer.  I never thought about selling a forum/site.  I'm sure after almost two decades she's ready for a break!

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There are a few people who are active on both. Each one has its positive attributes. How many different types and styles of everything are there? I am glad that I only have to surf two English language flashlight forums, instead eight. Instead of being born with two BLF genes, or two CPF genes, I was born with one BLF gene, and one CPF gene.

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Bort wrote:

if CPF posts come up in google search results thats great

Yeah, I still have a CPF account, but I only check out CPF when an interesting Google search result pops up.  :THUMBS-UP:

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I’m more curious as to what loss Greta took on the sale.

4 years ago, when a lot of software problems were plaguing them, but they were still pretty vibrant, she might have banked some coin, but not right now, IMO.

Toykeeper was tracking traffic as of a year ago and they were dropping quite a bit, so I’m sure that it was a ‘fire sale,’ of sorts?

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Interesting. Well, I wish them the best. Everyone please avoid CPF bashing, I think we can turn that page now. And of course, huge thanks to all of our friendly and active BLF members that make this an enjoyable place to hang out (most of the time Wink ).

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CPF value

BLF value

It today’s world, that’s kind of surprising and sad, both at the same time.

I would think that BLF would be pulling more coin, but maybe ‘flashlights’ are just waning as a hobby?

A lot of nerds aren’t vocal.

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I don't trust those numbers.

I wonder which site actually has more traffic.

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I don’t trust those numbers.


I wonder which site actually has more traffic.

No offense bud, but this place isn’t exactly hopping with activity.

Neither are mine, so I don’t care one way, or the other.

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a couple of years ago, the valuation for BLF was 241K and CPF was 242K

I think Reddit, and especially Facebook and Instagram, have captured a lot of flashlight traffic too..

CPF is sort of the Surefire lovers relic site.
BLF is modders heaven
Insta and Face are $$$ sources for people selling expensive “customs”
(just my opinion, I dont actually use social media myself)
Reddit has a lot of newbie traffic, but the UI of the site is archaic and makes posting pics difficult

if you have an expensive light to sell, CPF has more high end buyers than BudgetLF

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Terry Oregon wrote:

Yes, Kelly Dreller, who went by the nick-name “Greta” on the forum. 

Suddenly “red boots” pops in my head, for what reason I know not what. Wink Big Smile
jon_slider wrote:
a couple of years ago, the valuation for BLF was 241K and CPF was 242K

I think Reddit, and especially Facebook and Instagram, have captured a lot of flashlight traffic too..

CPF is sort of the Surefire lovers relic site.
BLF is modders heaven
Insta and Face are $$$ sources for people selling expensive “customs”
(just my opinion, I dont actually use social media myself)
Reddit has a lot of newbie traffic, but the UI of the site is archaic and makes posting pics difficult

if you have an expensive light to sell, CPF has more high end buyers than BudgetLF

242K… rather specific number. Why not 250K?

CPF was once an amazing place. But it was all about the membership. Various changes caused many people to walk. I think their Draconian rules on reselling shut out a lot of folks. I go back there on occasion and it’s pretty much people talking old-school… Malkoff. McGizmo. Surefire. Still some people kicking around with an incan fetish. But for some reason, the way upper end of custom flashlights is alive there. Folks who drop $1k for a light without batting an eye. Tritium eye candy galore that would make you wonder how much cheaper the light was than the tritium. Unobtanium customs for the weekend Porsche and Lamborghini drivers. Yet, the old BBS software? I guess it’s nostalgia… Yet, no surprise that traffic has been waning.

I have no clue what people took over for CPF management. I don’t know what they think they can do with it. Given the traffic of BLF, isn’t this like “the place to be” for hobbyist LED flashlight concerns? I don’t know what more they could offer, or if they could even pull away traffic from BLF.

Bottom line — Lumintop partnered with the BLF community to produce an amazing light. I don’t think CPF ever achieved that. So, it’ll be interesting to see what “angle” CPF takes going forward.

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jon_slider nailed it my fellow flashlight friend

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Interesting site, cutecounter.  So if we sold BLF we could buy around 4,200 Convoy S2+ lights and distribute them to dark countries.   Smile 

Kinda sad to see that TuCows is the registrar. 

I do think Reddit and Facebook have both taken a lot of traffic.  Different platforms for different folks.  Too much chaff on Reddit (I do enjoy a few other subs there and the r/flashlight is a good place mostly).  Seems like forums in general just get a lot less participation these days.  Maybe because short text and insta-this-insta-that are about what many can handle and writing/reading are more effort (and I don't mean that in a negative way necessarily). 

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Interesting site, cutecounter.  So if we sold BLF we could buy around 4,200 Convoy S2+ lights and distribute them to dark countries.   Smile 

Kinda sad to see that TuCows is the registrar. 

I do think Reddit and Facebook have both taken a lot of traffic.  Different platforms for different folks.  Too much chaff on Reddit (I do enjoy a few other subs there and the r/flashlight is a good place mostly).  Seems like forums in general just get a lot less participation these days.  Maybe because short text and insta-this-insta-that are about what many can handle and writing/reading are more effort (and I don’t mean that in a negative way necessarily). 

I did Reddit HiFi 20+ years ago and quickly left. Too progressive and a low signal to noise ratio. I doubt that the progressive commie types are into boutique lights, or even modding cheap shit, but that’s just a guess on my part?

Hobbies ebb and flow and the killer flashlights were a thing a decade ago, but for here, it’s’modding’ and that’s a small subset of the ‘flashlight whole.’

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If DM51 is still a mod there, I sure won’t be going back. And indeed, I suppose I wouldn’t go anyway.

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