Website News and Messages
Posted January 9th, 2013
I was still getting a lot of enquiries from visitors who wanted something made, so I tried over a period of 2 or 3 years to recruit skilled artisans to supply many of these discontinued products under a co-operative system. I did find a handful of enthusiastic crafters who were willing to join in with the co-operative venture, but sadly nothing ever came of this initiative.
The difficulty of organizing the financial and logistic arrangements became too complex and had to be abandoned. The main sticking point was the legality of reselling products made by a crafter through the Runemaker website using PayPal. I simply couldn't find a formula that satisfied the PayPal terms and conditions about subcontractors which would allow me to pass payment for the products on to the individual crafters.
I have now lifted all restrictions from copying the product types and designs from the retrospective pages on the website. Anyone may now freely use the data and images featured here to produce the same or similar products and sell them using their own resources such as shops or websites.
If you search for phrases such as "Runemaker type" or "Oswald style" you are likely to find
similar products to those featured on my retrospective pages. But that would not mean I
have personally endorsed the products or authorized them in any way, I may know nothing at all about the
products or the makers. It is simply an indication from a maker that he/she wishes to acknowledge some
influence by my products of the past.
Posted May 8th, 2010
My thanks to all contributors in the past for making the early years full of lively discussion. However, over the last 2 years of the Forum's existence the volume of postings had dried to a trickle and it was no longer cost effective to keep on paying the hosting fees, nor sensible to keep the volunteer moderators looking out for new messages that happened so infrequently.
There are still over 300 threads and a total of more than 1700 posts available to view for the meantime, but the pages are now hosted by the Bravenet free service which inevitably carries a lot of advertising in banners and popups etc. No new posts are being accepted and the forum will I suppose eventually get deleted.
If there is anyone out there who would like to take over the name "The Runes Forum" it is for sale. Or indeed, if anyone would like to take over the forum as it stands and re-open it a transfer of ownership can be arranged. The hosting fee was something like 50 bucks a year the last time I checked. Contact me for more information.
Posted December 9th, 2010
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