Man, the adventures of early bulletin boards are some of my favorite memories. Most things were a hot mess, it was very much a wild west feeling back then.
I found this just now:
I don’t remember if this is where the name came from or not, but it seems plausible. Google Translate has probably changed over the years and is not giving me the same results for translating “outside” to Latin:
The Bain incident was awful. I worked at Target at the time and had zero money. I couldn’t even afford a vBulletin license anymore, so I moved things to Simple Machines Forums (which is crap, but not as bad as phpBB).
This guy Bain popped up out of nowhere and offered to buy the site for… 500 or 700 dollars? I don’t remember, but it was enough to where I could have really used it. He asked for a login to see what the admin section looked like, but since I was new to the SMF software, I didn’t realize there was a tool that conveniently lets you just dump the database. That was a fun morning when I discovered it was possible to do that.
He had set up some kind of escrow payment on PayPal and the domain was already in the middle of being transferred, but I was naive and hopeful the whole thing would shake out. Still, he took the whole deal and moved it to his own setup, and I never saw a dime. Totally scammed. Then he sold or gave it to Grayson once I started making noise about it, and that was pretty much it.
At the time, Grayson had split off from Time Travel Forum to start Conspiracy Cafe. That’s a whole other story with its own drama, but suffice it to say they weren’t on friendly terms with TPN and felt they deserved ownership more than I did. So I started over to prove I could do it. I remember Grayson being impressed that I had the gumption to not give up.
It worked out in the end, though. I eventually handed the reigns of Paranoramlis over to @Num7 (late 2009) - I was just starting a new career in IT and didn’t have time for the harassment and hacking that was taking place. In hindsight, it wasn’t that big of a deal, but I pulled a Mop and was ready for something different. @Num7 has turned it into an awesome niche community that’s been running for many years now.
Hopefully this reset can be that kind of new beginning for TTI