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What are your other favorite topic-specific forums?

BLF is a good place to discuss lights. Where do you go to discuss your other hobbies?

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This is a good question. I use Google groups, Yahoo groups, etc. Would be nice to use BLF as well.

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I probably spend the most time at letsrun.com, where maybe one third of the topics are not about running, some posters are experts/professionals that can provide insight in a lot of fields/topics, there are sometimes quality trolls, and you can post both anonymously, as a registered user, and both.

The Autopian comments, not technically a forum, but I’ve read every article since they debuted this year on March 32(!). rootwyrm in the comments section is pretty awesome on a technical/industry level.

ultimatesubaru.org, my Subaru DIY source of knowledge for mainly older Subarus. A poster called GeneralDisorder, is awesome as a Subaru performance shop owner, and engineer/geek with deep knowledge of cars, and the industry. I try to read everything he posts. I know or can find everything there is to know about my two old Legacys that I’ll probably keep forever.

priuschat.com. I don’t own a Prius anymore (and that goes for a lot of the posters there), but there are lots of technical discussion about cars, EVs, efficiency, repairs, etc. by engineers and technical people. Don’t post often anymore, but look in once in a while.

mtbr.com. They have a lights and night riding subforum that is interesting for light geeks. I like the vintage, retro, classics subforum, as I’m not into the new bikes. I also like the XC racing and endurance subforum for discussion on pro cross country racing as a follower of that aspect of the sport.

attackpoint.org, an orienteering website. I keep my training log there, and like reading some of the discussion in the forum about not just orienteering competition, which I don’t do much of anymore, but things like mapping, GPS, and things that interest orienteers like shoes that do well in the woods/mud/off trail, and the occasional discussion on equipment for night-O, which means really bright (sustained!) headlamps.

weightweenies.starbike.com. I’m not doing road biking or racing anymore, but I read the pro discussion thread for discussion on pro races, and some of the technical discussion on equipment is interesting.

thepaceline.com. Another cycling forum, mainly about road bikes. I just read what looks interesting. Funny thing was I came across it last year, and it turned out I registered in 2004, had posted moderately, and then forgot about it completely. Another cycling forum I’ve been on more consistently is cyclingforum.com, formerly refugees from when Velonews shut down their forums around two decades ago, but it’s winding down, only a handful of posts per week, I think.

Back in the day, I loved usenet newsgroups. Mainly rec.bicycles.tech for Jobst Brandt content. He was an engineer who worked for Porsche 1961-1964, wrote a famous book “The Bicycle Wheel”, and mentored some famous bike makers (Tom Ritchey) and companies (Avocet cyclocomputers, tires…). He’d also talk about cars there. A really sharp mind (RIP). Some of the regular posters from there still post on the other cycling forums. rec.skiing.nordic was also fun, with inside knowledge on skis and ski prep by Zach Caldwell, and, looking back, funny and sometimes wrong discussion about the skate technique as it was still developing then.

I’m registered on a lot of other forums, some of which I probably haven’t visited for years and might be dead, but the above come to mind at the moment. I’ve also been in the past a climber, so like the now defunct supertopo. One of earliest forums that I spent time at in the ’90s was Views from the Top, a peak bagging/climbing forum. Most forums I’ve been interested in have sport and or technical and engineering content.

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I just participate on BLF. Other than that, when I need to know something about something…I Fuggle it and search for the results. And I liek to watch YT videos. But discussion, it is only here!

My hobbie are flashlights, so I just sit here, and I like it! And I don’t have time for more Oops
When I search for something related that I can’t find here then I’m normally led to Reddit threads or CPF (if it is old stuff).

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Mostly have logins for forums that don’t allow non-registered users to view images, barely ever post anywhere other than BLF. I’m a big fan of forums, the knowledge of serious hobbiests never ceases to amaze me.

Always on the look out for other cool topics, I’ll have to check out ultimatesubaru.org and attack point.org, thanks lightingrunner!

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zoulas wrote:
This is a good question. I use Google groups, Yahoo groups, etc. Would be nice to use BLF as well.
It’s hard to replace a community with years of experience on a subject. There is some chatter about knives on here though which makes sense since lights and knives both fit into the EDC category.

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You must be one of the most active people around based on that list. Very cool! Thanks for sharing

MascaratumB wrote:

My hobbie are flashlights, so I just sit here, and I like it! And I don’t have time for more Oops
Fair enough! Time is the most limited resource

gravelmonkey wrote:
Mostly have logins for forums that don’t allow non-registered users to view images, barely ever post anywhere other than BLF. I’m a big fan of forums, the knowledge of serious hobbiests never ceases to amaze me.

Always on the look out for other cool topics, I’ll have to check out ultimatesubaru.org and attack point.org, thanks lightingrunner!

Forums that try to force me to sign up to see images are annoying. Password managers help though. I’m liking KeePass

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https://www.avsforum.com/
AVS Forum – For all things Audio / video

And another
https://forums.audioholics.com/forums/

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Oh I just thought of my own entry in this. Blu-ray.com has forums for each movie title, sometimes separate threads for each release. I do have a login there and have posted before, but it’s not a regular thing. The threads are usually related to various physical releases—it is not really a movie discussion board.

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The only boards I was ever on before coming here was team-specific football forums. Got tired of the mean-spirited attitude of so many of my “fellow” fans. Quite a pleasure to come to BLF where I could say something stupid or controversial on occasion without being eviscerated.

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bushmaster wrote:
The only boards I was ever on before coming here was team-specific football forums. Got tired of the mean-spirited attitude of so many of my “fellow” fans. Quite a pleasure to come to BLF where I could say something stupid or controversial on occasion without being eviscerated.

‘scuze me, while I blitz this guy….

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