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  Were you Banned? (Identified as Spam)
Posted by: ciph - 03-18-2019, 10:06 AM - Forum: Public Info - Replies (2)

I currently enabled StopForumSpam cloud-checking services to prevent bots from registering. I also changed the anti-spam question to something that a bot simply cannot answer.

On that note, guest views of the forum are not filtered, where as posting replies and new threads in this Public section are filtered. So if you've been blocked by StopForumSpam.com, then please send me a message in-game and I'll get your whitelisted.


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  General Questions and Answers for Guests
Posted by: ciph - 01-04-2019, 04:28 PM - Forum: Public Info - No Replies

If you have any questions or feedback for the kinship, feel free to post a reply to this thread.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How active is Nostalgia?

    Our activity can vary quite a bit depending upon the date and time of day. As of early January, 2019, we've had as many as 8 members in-game at the same time, and 4 members in Discord at the same time. But since we are rather new kinship as of this post, we are still growing. I recruit in-game and on the forums almost every day. It's not unusual to have growth spurts at times.

  2. I don't see many members on the forums. How many members do you have in the kinship?

    Because we are still growing and an open door kinship with no application and the freedom to come and go as you please, we can't put a static number on our membership. As of early January, 2019, we have roughly two pages of characters in the kinship roster. It is difficult to determine how many unique players we have versus alts, but it is safe to say that we have several dozen members. I've stop counting after two dozen. We've had members who removed their one character from the kinship only to ask for an invite for another character. And we've most likely a member or two who decided Nostalgia wasn't the best fit for them and left. Therefore the only safe answer is that we "have enough members to feel like a home" but not enough members for people to feel lost and out of touch.

  3. When are most of your members online?

    I recruit mostly on evenings and weekends for Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5). So anyone online during that time who wishes to join would get an invite. However, we have noticed that we have a mix of members from all over the US. We also have at least one Australian.

  4. What should I expect as a member of Nostalgia?

    A no-hassle, no-drama place to call home. You're welcome to be as social as you like. We have no meetings and no activity requirements, so expect to see quite a colorful mix of members. We have very social, always-in-Discord members, as well as near hermit-like members who never talk.

    The more active and more social among us are always happy to help and chit-chat. So feel free to be as social as you like.

  5. Why do I see a "Not secure" or "Connection is not Secure" warning about nostalgiakin.com?

    The site is currently only available in the old HTTP, non-encrypted format or transmitting data to and from the server. Sites that can be visited with HTTPS in their URL offer encryption (SSL) when transmitting data to and from the server. Encryption prevents others from listening in on the traffic, and is very useful for sites that deal with sensitive information. Unfortunately that costs money. In order to use SSL without self-signing (which would give you other warnings), you would need to pay for a public certificate from a certificate agency. And you'd need a dedicated IP, which on shared hosting isn't provided, so that requires upgrading my hosting plan. I could add SSL to my hosting plan, but that would almost double the cost of my plan every year. Since I'm already paying over $30 a year for hosting and a domain name ($22 for first year), I'm not looking forward to paying more just to get rid of your browser's notice in the address bar about our site not being secure.

    And I didn't even mention browsing the site from a mobile device. SSLs compatible with mobile devices would cost us FIVE times as much. The average person out there doesn't realize how much a simple feature like this costs, so that's why I'm going into as much detail as possible here.

    It's highly improbable that any hackers would bother trying to capture data from our kinship site, and they'd have to have a foothold into my hosting provider to even try. The other risk is if you have malware on your system and it listens to all of your web traffic. Aside from those concerns, you shouldn't worry too much about it. I'd advise all members to use a password that's unique to your account on this site and everything will be fine.

    With that said, if any members are willing to donate to enable HTTPS for at least a couple years, I'd be happy to enable it with our hosting provider. Smile

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  Kinship Invites
Posted by: ciph - 01-04-2019, 04:07 PM - Forum: Public Info - No Replies

To get an invite to Nostalgia in-game, please send a PM to any of the following characters:

  • Ciph, Cipha, Ciphariel, Ciphor, or Ciphorin
  • Alartar, Gemitty, or Serinfina
  • Shelrian, Shelwen, Shelwin, or Novakane
  • Alielyn, Alielys, Aliedyn, or Alieryl
  • Torval, Bornhald, Juilin
  • Purrs, Ashvi, or Mirmie

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Brick Founding of Nostalgia -- Why We Exist
Posted by: ciph - 12-10-2018, 01:00 PM - Forum: Public Info - Replies (1)


As of December 9th, 2018, I started the Nostalgia kinship.

My intentions were simple: I wanted to create a kinship where all of those who enjoy soloing are treated equally to those who enjoy being social. A place for players who never thought they'd be interested in a kinship, or were not ready for a kinship experience, and certainly didn't want all of the typical kinship pressures. May be you're like me? May be you're tired of the general MMO guild life, but still want access to the benefits of being in a guild? If so, then you feel quite at home in our kinship.

What's in a Name?

Definition of nostalgia
2: a wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition

When deciding upon a name for this new form of a reclusive kinship, I knew I wanted to keep it short and sweet. It had to be somewhat original, and I didn't want to mimic those dime-a-dozen, jocular kinship names you see while exploring Middle Earth. One word to express a longing some might feel with LOTRO. With many old players returning to LOTRO, perhaps many are like me. Do you want to enjoy all of the fond memories of playing the game, but you're so over the kinship-scene? A name to nicely package that sentiment.

What is a "Reclusive" Kinship?

The term implies that we cater to both introverts and extroverts equally. For those who prefer progressing alone, to those who enjoy fellowship as they adventure through Middle Earth, Nostalgia is a kinship that gives you the freedom of that flexibility. We have absolutely no requirements for activity or grouping. More importantly, we strive to ditch the traditional kinship scene of pressure, drama, and politics.

Our Promises To You

  1. We will never pressure you to be more active, socialize more, level faster, or group more often.
  2. We will not belittle you for your level, gear, or current progression.
  3. You do not have to use kinship chat or VoIP (Discord) to be here and enjoy the kinship.
  4. You are welcome to log in and out as you please. And we have an open door policy: you are welcome to leave and rejoin at will.
  5. We will never require applications or interviews to join our kinship.
  6. And when you are ready to enjoy group content, we will do our best to facilitate it.
Also, if you prefer, we promise to leave you alone. You're free to lurk and be a hermit if that's your style.

Our Requirements
All members who join must agree to our requirements.

  1. Be respectful and considerate of your fellow kinship members.
  2. When you wear our kinship's title, do not troll or harass other players and kinships.
  3. We want to keep kinship chat family-friendly, so please refrain from sexual topics, talk of violence, and explicit language.
  4. Please remove yourself from unnecessary drama. No one wants to deal with drama, especially a reclusive kinship.
We hope that you consider Nostalgia a welcoming kinship that let's you be you. Treat others as you'd like to be treated. We can all enjoy LOTRO together while still progressing through Middle Earth on our own, individual terms. What other kinship do you know of that welcomes soloers, lurkers, or just generally shy members?

Please note that this is a living document and that while we will always uphold our original promises to our members, we may choose to evolve our purpose over time to meet our current member's needs. Regardless, Nostalgia will always be a welcoming kinship for all types of players, from the most introverted to the most extroverted.

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