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The archived message boards prior to April 2002 are for viewing by members only to prevent email addresses from falling into the hands of spammers. You can register for access here, and read additional details at the end of the page.

Please note that most of the message boards archived below are large, and so may take some time to download depending on the speed of your connection. The average size is about 500 kB, with some being 1 to 2 MB.

Since 2 September 1999, GNR members have posted 61 178 messages! (For those interested in more detailed statistics, you can see some on the statistics page.)

Currently the message board is not accepting new posts. A new website has been started by Northern Rhodesians and Zambians Online which also has a message board.


1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
September62
October69
November76
December97
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January 77
February4032
March2236
April2002
May2099
June1839
July30710
August4946
September3192
October348 
November300 
December324 
January406
February222
March337
April398
May522
June464
July593
August700
September694
October806
November927
December821
January727
February674
March640
April384
May321
June240
July304
August283
September335
October336
November293
December327
January237
February230
March157
April221
May256
June256
July421
August433
September325
October296
November317
December283
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
January409
February372
March320
April336
May332
June460
July584
August473
September553
October591
November615
December503
January466
February12
March160
April469
May524
June436
July461
August426
September551
October403
November491
December529
January534
February805
March707
April638
May454
June399
July320
August472
September572
October754
November617
December443
January446
February510
March652
April780
May970
June708
July968
August1226
September1088
October1248
November1313
December823
January892
February1152
March949
April1006
May1015
June1096
July1105
August944
September1294
October1083
November944
December150
2009 2010 2011 2012  
January32
February29
March31
April29
May31
June30
July31
August31
September30
October31
November31
December31
January31
February29
March31
April29
May31
June30
July31
August31
September30
October30
November30
December31
January31
February29
March31
April29
May31
June30
July31
August31
September30
October30
November30
December31
January31
February30
March31
April29
May31
June30
July31
August31
September30
October30
November30
December31
 

Message Board Notes

The first message board was started on the Great North Road on 2 September 1999, and has run every month (with a few minor and major breaks) since then. Here is an explanation of the timeline, which covers the different formats used and your ability to access them:
  • September 1999 to September 2000: This message board was threaded, but it very quickly became far too cumbersome to use. It was replaced in February 2000, but it was not shut down until September 2000. This explains why, from February 2000 to September 2000, there are two sets of statistics for each month. While the index of these messages is available to the public, only members are able to read the individual messages and must log in to do so.
  • February 2000 to present: The current message board is simply presented in reverse chronological order -- i.e., with the most recent message posted at the top of the page. Within this period there are some things to note:
    • February 2000 to March 2002: Before spam and viruses became such a problem, the message board used to display members' email addresses. As a result, only members can view all of the message boards during this period and they have to log in to do so. Even so, once logged in you will notice that all email addresses have been changed so that they no longer look like email addresses. You will need to use your ingenuity to piece together email addresses if you wish to try and contact someone that way. Monthly archives are displayed in reverse chronological order -- i.e., the first post of the month is at the bottom of the page.
    • April 2002 to February 2005: These message boards continued to use the same system, but instead of displaying a member's email address, displayed a link to a web-based contact system usable only by members once logged in. Because email addresses are not displayed, these messages are available to the public. Monthly archives are displayed in reverse chronological order -- i.e., the first post of the month is at the bottom of the page.
    • March 2005 to December 2008: While looking much the same as previous message boards, these ones use a completely different system. Current and recent messages can be displayed in either a chronological format or a threaded format, sorted with the most recent message first or last, and for a period of time you can choose. (The monthly archives, however, are only displayed in chronological order, with the first message of the month at the top of the page.) It also supports replies -- hence the threading. Another feature is that each message has its own address, so you can link to an individual message rather than trying to find just one message in amongst hundreds posted in a given month. These message boards are available for anyone to read and use a web-based system for members to contact one another privately.
    • December 2008 to present: While archives older than two months remain available without the need to log in, only members -- after logging in -- can view the current message board and the current and previous month's archives. Monthly archives are displayed in chronological order -- i.e., the first post of the month is at the top of the page.
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