I-Am-Bored Goes Indie: Don't Call It A Comeback!

Submitted by: fancylad 2 years ago in Funny

Dear I-A-B readers,

Fancylad here. By the time you read this, I’ll be dead.

Kidding. If you’re reading this, it means I-A-B is back.

What happened? A brief history of the last few months: Sometime around March, Demand Media (I-A-B’s former parent company) announced they were going to put I-A-B on auto-pilot and see if anyone was interested in buying it. If no one was interested, the plan was to pull the plug. No more I-A-B.

After talking to J-Dog (O.G. readers will remember J-Dog — I-A-B’s long-running general manager during its salad days), we decided to try and pull our financial resources together. The asking price was high — 401Ks were drained, personal savings accounts were withdrawn from, but we looped in I-A-B’s original developer and tech hero Sunny and made it happen.

Long story short, we pooled our resources to buy I-A-B and return it to its former glory. On top of that, the improvements you’ve all been asking for are happening: The return of chat, faster page loads, less ads (already happened — we’re at 50 percent of where the site was a month ago), sweet profile pages, improved community tools — trust me, there’s a long working list of improvements we’re going to tackle.

When will you see the improvements?

First off, I-A-B will return to new content seven days a week as of today. As for the site features, Sunny is furiously tapping his fingers against his keyboard as you read this. As the aforementioned new products launch, I”ll announce them here and on our social media pages. I promise, you’ll be the first to know.

So why take the gamble? I can’t speak for J-Dog or Sunny, but for me, I truly love and believe in I-A-B. Next to my summer’s spent as a Raging Waters lifeguard, managing this site is the best gig I’ve ever had. I really felt that at its peak, I-A-B brought together the smartest community online, in spite of some of the memes were responsible for. (What up, Boxxy?)

I think that’s it for now. I’ll give you more info in forthcoming posts when things happen (and new, big things are literally happening every day — Sunny showed me what he’s developing and it brought tears to this bitter misanthrope”s eyes). I just wanted to get you all up to speed, and to thank all of you for sticking around and/or coming back. This site is mine as much as its yours — any website can be successful and groundbreaking, but it’s the community that sets I-A-B apart from all other sites.

So if you like something you see — a news article, a photo compilation, this post — share it with your friends on the social media platforms of your choice. I-A-B is gonna need all the help it can get these first couple of months — we’re working on a shoestring budget over here, but I promise you we’ll get to where we should have been years ago.

The Chairman of the Bored, Fancylad

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There are 91 comments:
Female 351
Return of the chat! Well done folks. You saved our interhome!
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Male 2,711
We all seem glad to have IAB back, so what`s with the 3.8 rating? Who could possibly give this occasion anything less than a 4?

(And another AdBlock disabled here.)
Best of luck to IAB 2.0!
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Male 1,781
Woo hoo!!! Yay! Super happy that you`re back!
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Male 40,207

@ Madduck - a long legged woman making shortbread cookies!
mmmmmm
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Male 8,056
YAY IAB IS BACK!
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Male 8
Woot! Sooo many tears were shed waiting for this day. I`m glad it has finally happened.
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Female 8,111
Sigh- chambers is a dictionary ( the official one for scrabble) - and biscuits are not the same here- but I make a mean shortbread, and a fair to middling flapjack. My brownies are not great but have a lasting effect...
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Male 3,343
@Gerry1of1: Man, as long as you`re here, I`m happy!
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Male 3,343
Fancy, can I request a new feature? Add the Back and Forward links/buttons to the page you`re sent to after making a comment. That way I don`t have to hit back to keep browsing. Thanks!
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Male 49
@ArgusTuft what if we don`t leave the house and we don`t have a basement? I don`t think you guys want a self serve sex tape from me
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Female 836
IAB has seen me through some tough times. I remember reading you at work eight years ago at 1:00am (night shift). I had just lost my husband (he ran away, good riddance) my house, my ability to have kids, and almost lost my mind. IAB helped distract me in turbulent times. Very happy to have you back!
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Male 1,692
Is So 2003.


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Male 15,329
New posts? woo hoo
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Male 1,253
Had an idea, though some of you will call it lame.
Post a dashcam video of your morning, or evening commute. It would be interesting to see the difference between places around the world in an average daily setting.
If you don`t commute, post a panorama of your basement or a trip to your letterbox. Whatever.
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Male 2,672
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Male 40,207

Chillax IS so 2003


I`m watching you
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Male 1,692
Chillax is so 2003.

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Male 40,207

@ madduck .... mmmmmm. . . biscuits! At last a woman who can cook biscuits .
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Male 40,207

@ madduck... you know I love you. I would go straight for you, but what you said made no sense at all woman. "a copy of chambers" must mean something very different in Scotland than it does in the real world. I goggled it and got a dictionary.

Don`t let your fancy red-letter-name go to your pretty head little lady.
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Female 8,111
CHILLAX!! Gerry- consider yourself violently attacked with a copy of chambers. speak properly please, you are a grown up... well, mostly.***pelts Gerry with biscuits****
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Male 40,207

Chillax....it`s just a website.
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Male 280
Its Like coming back home, Im so happy, I love you guys, Thank you...
And: AdBlock is disabled on this page!!!
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Female 4,584
im so happy too!! yayay!! is the chat going to be fixed? I know, I know how `dangerous` that could be considering the heated temperaments that we stoke around here :D
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Male 3,372
Glad you`re back!
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Male 30
I am so happy! I`ve loved this site for years and consider it a true portal to the heartbeat of the internet - for better and worse of the net`s sake - lol. In fact, in many ways I have discovered the internet and maybe dare I suggest life itself here (it was, after all, on IAB that I saw "Noah takes a picture of himself everyday" before anywhere else - a video that is still revolutionary). IAB is also harbor to intelligent, funny, and thought provoking comments in contrast to the idiocy that is so freely spewed otherwise on other sites. As I write this, I raise into the air and fake-clink my nearly empty OJ/Vodka with all the fans of IAB in hopes of countless years to come.
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Male 1,497
So everyone got banned. That`s lame.
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Female 1,608
WOOOOHOOOOOOO
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Male 40,207

I haven`t really missed IAB. Last year this time
I wasn`t coming to the site much. {banned or
just not interested} So all these reposts were
new to me. I`ve enjoyed catching up.
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Male 4,745
Oh...Noticed my "status" was gone. Will these be returning or are you guys sticking with your home team for now?
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Male 4,745
Woo hoo! I`ve been checking every day! This is GREAT news! Welcome back everyone!
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Male 1,425
Two simple words, Thank You!
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Male 15
Had to remember an old password to get back in, but glad to see this site back.

I never deleted this bookmark from my everyday folder.

Ok, I never delete bookmarks....But that`s not the point!
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Male 41,079
[quote]can we cuss yet?[/quote]

Drat No! :-)

Hit @tree! Hi @Gerry & lots of other familiar (and new) names!
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Male 40,207

Gee this is swell.
Now if only pmarren were back....
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Male 2,729
@xenrik
Thanks a lot for that.
Chaostrophic was built mostly on kitteh`s drive and determination not to let the other people that loved IAB down. I got a hell of a lot of respect for her. She is one tough chick.

Gotta give props to Fancylad for that fine wheeling and dealing he did to get IAB back where it should be.

Just glad to see that IAB is alive again finally. It was a different internet without it.
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Male 2,389
Hellz to the Yeah!!!!
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Male 705
Glad to have you and IAB back!
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Male 27
This is awesome... thanks for keeping IAB going!
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Male 550
can we cuss yet?
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Male 15
Congratulations to the team and thanks for all the effort in getting ownership of the site.

Special thanks to kitteh and electriceye for giving us another home to go to while we wait for this get sorted out - without which I don`t know if I would`ve stuck around.

Looking forward to the updates to i-a-b :)
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Male 20,987
"Fancy and team, I want you to know that I`m so moved by your story, and the sacrifices and risks you`ve taken, that I`ve turned off my ad blocker on your site. I know it`s a stupid little thing, but if we all did it, it would make a difference. Turn off your ad blocker on IAB for Fancy."

Rick_S: I love you for this... Thanks, man. Gonna do everything possible to not let you guys down.
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Male 118
Grate news!
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Male 7,031
Good to hear it!
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Female 25
coolios
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Male 3,343
Fancy and team, I want you to know that I`m so moved by your story, and the sacrifices and risks you`ve taken, that I`ve turned off my ad blocker on your site. I know it`s a stupid little thing, but if we all did it, it would make a difference. Turn off your ad blocker on IAB for Fancy.
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Male 7,774
I`ve posted more in the last ten minutes than I have in the last six months. So gooood to be back.
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Male 414
Party people in the crib get hyped!
Let`s get this party funkin` right!
Come on! Come on!

Thanks so much for all the hard work...

...you may commence with the bewbs. Or whatever...
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Male 3,343
Congrats on your success, and may it continue for a long time to come.
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Male 49
So did you guys take off the drating censor thing in comments?
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Male 670
I`m still here most evenings - thanks to the team for keeping it alive and to those who continue to post... well, most of you ;)
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Female 2,769
Oh ok! Well I`m sure things will go smooth- so happy to be here for it! You guys are amazing! Nice to see so many familiar names and avatars!
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Male 5,174

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Female 8,043
HalfPintRoo, we haven`t switched anything over yet, but will soon. Hopefully it will all transfer over smoothly.
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Male 189
FINALLY! WE`RE BACK!
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Male 7
This is my first post, but I`ve been here all along. Thanks to everyone who put hard work into this! It really feels like home. I didn`t know what I was going to do without it...

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Female 8,111
Well done, we are genuinely thrilled. I hope it works really well and makes you all terribly happy. I won`t say rich, because, you know, I don`t believe in it lOL.
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Male 3,147
I`m genuinely looking forward to seeing more of Elk`s vids of him sorting through coins.
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Male 41,079
Bumped!
Lolz!

@HalfPintRoo: I think this is the welcome back party, the "new and improved IAB" will come soon! And yes, hopefully be seamless :) keeping the wonderful archives & stuff...

Nice to see so many folks already returning!

@panth: I`m seeing several submissions that I didn`t make:
Did FDR
Italian Show
Nasa Material
Ancient Art
Any of those yours? There`s others too...
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Male 267
friggin sweet!
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Female 2,769
YAY! This is great news! And I`m so happy things are so seamless. No need to reregister with new names or anything. Glad to be back home.
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Female 9,584
Um, I`m having issues submitting stuff. I tried a few different things, but nothing works. Please fix it.
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Male 5,094
Well I`ll be darned! Hi old and new grumps, here`s to another decade of boredness.
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Female 9,584
Now I have to find stuff to post. All of the stuff I got is already a few months old and outdated in Internet world.
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Male 3,147
First my sickly weed plant recovered in my garden and started to flower... then IAB returns. It`s a good week.
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Male 807
Even the old content here was good..can`t wait to see the new stuff...thanks a lot for keeping up the fight...commence boredom cure!!!!
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Male 3,147
:)

woohoo....
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Male 186
*nods in approval*
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Male 7,774
Wonderful news. My life has meaning once more. Well done kitteh, fancy and the rest for all your efforts.
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Male 6,151
you should have made an arrow to that kid in the front who fell and said "demand media"
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Male 7,123
The post above this answers that question.
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Female 16
Yay!!! I`m so excited. I was wondering what had become of the "kickstarter" campaign. Glad it helped if even a little bit.
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Male 7,123
Indie? Does that mean I am finally a hipster?
This is great news, congratulations guys, that was a hell of a struggle but you did it. Chaostrophic is still pretty good, but it lacked the old IAB cut and thrust.
Now who will be the first to post AGW/Gun Control/Religion flame bait?


Now who will be the first to post AGW/
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Male 550
I`m glad you`re back, IAB.
Wish you all the best
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Male 41,079
There we go! An IAB Welcome Home is in the submissions :->

Looking back & re-reading some of the year-old posts? It`s amazing how polite I was :-P I think I`m grumpier now, lolz! I still cannot type though...

Click those Ads everyone! What is it? Once a day or once every few hours? Or every time we open a page? :-?
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Female 4,584
omg yay!! \o/!
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Male 2,862

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Female 8,043
edgarrizo, Chaostrophic is still up and kicking and pumping out content as we speak.

I hope everyone returns to IAB and all are welcome (encouraged) to continue to visit Chaostrophic as well
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Female 4,084
glad you`re all back. i`m looking forward to a lot of spirited discussions, like back in the old days!
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Male 21
Thanks for all of the hard work! I am so glad that I-A-B is back. I used to be a lurker, but with all of the changes I hope to be more of a contributor.
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Female 9,584
We`re back baby!
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Male 1,442
Woo-Hoo!
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Male 20,987
edgarrizo: Thanks, man. Chaos is all Kitteh`s and as far as I know, she`s going to keep that going as her personal site. She can speak more on that, though -- it`s her baby.
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Male 196
Congrats fancy, Kitteh and everyone else who had anything to do to achieve this goal! It`s great to see you back. Btw, what will happen to the surrogate site (chaos)?
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Male 267
woohoo i`m glad this site has not bit the dust and will continue to amuse and entertain me for years to come.

Thanks guys for keeping us all not bored.
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Male 20,987
5Cats, oh how I`ve missed your submissions and rants. Keep `em coming.
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Male 41,079
+1 points for using the word `misanthrope` properly! :-)

Yay! Should I spam the submissions? Just send a few ever day? Pack them into an e-mail or something? (I`m thinking #2 is the besto option, eh?)

It`s nice to come home again! Time for the `Cherry Girls Cafe` picture??
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Male 20,987
zeebeedee: Hemorrhoids? Consider a standing desk, no? You`ll look like the Commander of the Starship Enterprise and people will make comments, but your `roids will thank you.
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Male 141
It feels good to be back. Let the fun begin.
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Male 613
Yay IAB is back my roids will not be happy.
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Male 20,987
Link: I-Am-Bored Goes Indie: Don`t Call It A Comeback! [Rate Link] - It`s opening day, I-A-B fans! This post will explain most of how we got here. Any questions, ask away...
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