TFL is Kaput


January 1, 2003, 12:07 AM
I just tried to make my last post and was denied. I guess it is midnight in the East.

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January 1, 2003, 12:09 AM
Yea its locked down. I tried too at 1 minute after Midnight and it says it wasnt taking anymore replies. Bummer.

I will miss you TFL

Thanks Oleg for giving us a home.

Happy New Year to Oleg and Runt and everyone else who made this place possible.

Happy New Year to all

January 1, 2003, 12:09 AM

Likewise, at 15 seconds before midnight, EST. TFL went dark a teeny bit early. :(

January 1, 2003, 12:09 AM
Yes I was there also, my post didn't make it either.

Odd sight
Sad :(

January 1, 2003, 12:11 AM
I was with you too. I missed it as well.

January 1, 2003, 12:11 AM
Neither did mine.:(

January 1, 2003, 12:12 AM
The part I didn't like was that it would let you type the message before telling you that you were too late.
The end of an Era.

Don in Ohio

4v50 Gary
January 1, 2003, 12:14 AM
Yes, end of an era :( but a beginning of a new one! :) What a legacy we have and you should all be proud of it. Thank you one and all!

Let's roll!

January 1, 2003, 12:14 AM
I watched the "Lock Down" as well. :(

On the plus side, here we are. :D

January 1, 2003, 12:18 AM
Yep, Rich pulled the plug. According to my watch it went dead about 10 seconds early.

Rich had a post asking if everyone was present and it looks like only about 20 TFLers made it.

I squeeked in just "under the wire." ;)

January 1, 2003, 12:18 AM
Rich has posted "TFL Now Closed", well written closure and message.

January 1, 2003, 12:18 AM
A gentle gasp and then it was gone. It was closed and an era of greatness passed into history. It is truly sad!:(

January 1, 2003, 12:19 AM
(12-28-2002 until 01-27-2006)
Does anybody know what that means? I saw that at the top of the closing announcement.

January 1, 2003, 12:20 AM
So then my 1500th post was my last one. Nice round number to end with.

January 1, 2003, 12:21 AM
Gone But Not Forgotten

January 1, 2003, 12:23 AM
Weird. Boy did that site help pass the time in my old job. Basically got paid to surf the internet for 12 hours, unless the phone rang.

TFL is like a ghost now. You can see it, but you can't quite touch it . . . .

January 1, 2003, 12:23 AM
I was there and wanted to try posting for the finale but got engrossed in the "Lie Detector Test" thread in General Discussion area and missed it.

Check that thread out for reviving childhoodlum memories.

January 1, 2003, 12:26 AM
I was rather perplexed by my reaction to the demise of TFL. It was sort of like the last episode of M.A.S.H.: an actual touch of genuine sadness.

I dunno. I was just surprised at myself for feeling that way. Cyberspace can seem quite impersonal at times, but then...

Oh well! New year, new cyber-home!

My sincere best wishes to all as we start 2003.

2003??!! Geez. I'm still wondering where 1984 went to...:mad:

January 1, 2003, 12:26 AM
(12-28-2002 until 01-27-2006)

Noticed that also, had same question, Anybody?

January 1, 2003, 12:28 AM
I imagine that anouncement is scheduled to be visible between those dates.

January 1, 2003, 12:30 AM
I was stuck in traffic coming home, missed the ending. By the time I got there the old place was locked up tight.

January 1, 2003, 12:30 AM
And it was gone. Missed it by a few seconds.

January 1, 2003, 12:30 AM
a heck of a lot more than 20 of us there... I'd already posted my ceremonial Last Post, and refrained. There were about 150 people visiting just before midnight.

Final Count From TFL: Members: 17,850, Threads: 145,927, Posts: 1,344,892

End of an era. Let's do like Rich said, and make 2003 a year to remember.


January 1, 2003, 12:37 AM
TFL is just retired for now. Rich could find that he also misses it and bring it back on-line at any time. Until then, let's all try to meet his challenge in the New Year.

January 1, 2003, 12:44 AM
It was definitely sad to see all of those locks on the front page - but I'm glad we have a new place to call home.

January 1, 2003, 12:44 AM
Its very strange seeing the whole place locked up. Just glad to have been a part of it while it was open.

January 1, 2003, 12:46 AM
Bummer, I just got back home and was hoping to post one last time. :(

I'll have to go there and read the closing message.

Good Shooting

January 1, 2003, 12:51 AM
So other than Rich, who made the very last post?

January 1, 2003, 12:51 AM
...a heck of a lot more than 20 of us there.
What I meant was that only 20 members replied or were able to reply to Rich's "Everyone here?" post.;) ..

January 1, 2003, 12:53 AM

It looked like SEEKER made the last post.;)

January 1, 2003, 01:02 AM
Actually, I think it was JackNKoch at 11:59 in the TFL Farewells. Seeker posted at 12:48 - after it was shut down.

January 1, 2003, 01:07 AM
Last Post: tyme-Gen. Dis. 11:48PM CST

Last Post by someone who can't unlock the forum: JackNKoch-Farewells 10:59 PM CST

Kahr carrier
January 1, 2003, 01:09 AM
Sad to see Tfl go into the past-RIP.:banghead:

January 1, 2003, 01:12 AM

I was just about to edit my post and say "JackNKoch", when I saw your post.

tyme (TFL Server Guru),just added this:


Historic TFL threads, as well as a full list of TFL alternatives, are available in the TFL library (at the top of the page)

Bottom Gun
January 1, 2003, 01:16 AM
I guess nothing is forever. . . . .

Calamity Jane
January 1, 2003, 01:24 AM
It's not an ending, it's a new beginning - i.e., this great new forum! :)

Rich's closing message was lovely.

I'll miss TFL.

January 1, 2003, 01:43 AM
I had to get my last post in before I left for work. I got off early, but by the time I got home 2200hrs MST, it was to late!!:(

January 1, 2003, 02:23 AM
Sad to see the locks on the forums. You could almost hear the crickets.

I loved TFL for it's simplicity and civil tone. I looked at TFL daily because the software was very fast compared to other boards.

This place will be greater. I can feel it. :cool:

Gary H
January 1, 2003, 02:36 AM
It was the membership that made TFL. I include Rich and all staff, of course. That said, to a great extent, the water is the same, it just fills another vase.

January 1, 2003, 03:37 AM
The KING (TFL) is dead!!! LONG LIVE THE KING (THR)!!!!!!


January 1, 2003, 05:15 AM
I didn't even have a chance to get in a last word, as I went to a NYE party at around 8 tonight, and just got home an hour ago.

Oh well. TFL will be surely missed, but at least the info is archived for us. I'm quite thankful that it is, too.

Jim March
January 1, 2003, 06:13 AM
I got the idea just today of creating new threads in the revolver forum here for the "revolver checkout" and "Ruger SA aftermarket parts/tweaks" threads, and then two-way linked 'em back to the originals on TFL. So from here, you can jump to the original thread, and when you get to the end of those you can jump to the "continuation".

Did anybody else "directly extend" any TFL threads that way, so that they directly live on here?

January 1, 2003, 07:27 AM
Miss ya.:(

January 1, 2003, 07:46 AM
A salute to TFL.

Dennis Olson
January 2, 2003, 07:42 PM
I hadn't been there for a few weeks. The closure caught me COMPLETELY off-guard. I was flabbergasted to say the least.

Oleg and staff, thanks for starting up this place.

Dennis (a TFL'er since 1998)

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