On Sunday the 11th of February the Super ONM forums will shut down. This follows a sustained period of declining activity across the boards. After careful deliberation of all options, the mod team have unanimously decided that closing SONM as an independent website is the right call. This is not the end however, as Super ONM is merging with our close friends at GRcade, offering a new, larger and more active home for our community.
You can find out more about GRcade, the merge, and why this is happening below, but for a quick summary check out the FAQ.
FAQ wrote:What does "joining with GRcade" mean?
Why is Super ONM closing?The Super ONM forums are closing, but will live on as part of grcade.co.uk, another UK based gaming community. GRcade is adopting features of SONM in their branding so that the legacy of Super ONM will continue. We encourage members to transition over to GRcade as a new home for our community.
When is Super ONM closing?For some time, and notably throughout 2017, Super ONM has been declining in activity, with less threads, posts, and visitors. This downwards trend can be seen in these graphs. This substantial decrease in activity is a natural consequence of the times in which we live, and despite much thought being put into the matter, little can be done to reverse it. Rather than continuing onwards and watching the community entirely disappear, we have decided that it is in the best interests of the community to offer it a new, more active home as a part of GRcade.
Who made this decision?The forums will become read-only on Sunday the 11th of February, in nine days following this announcement.
Why wasn't the community consulted?This has been a joint decision made primarily by myself (as admin) and the moderation team. I went to the staff at GRcade with the suggestion of a merge, to which they agreed, and they have been more than helpful in planning for a smooth transition, and in suggesting ways in which the legacy of Super ONM can be preserved.
What will happen to the Super ONM website?While ideally we would have wanted agreement from the entire community on this decision, the uncertainty of the merge necessitated discussion prior to any public announcement. The unanimity of the mod team in agreeing this is the right step for Super ONM went some way to alleviating fears of this decision being divisive. As admin I ultimately take responsibility for the future of the website, and I sincerely believe we are acting in the best interests of the SONM community.
Will the forum be archived?For the foreseeable future Super ONM will remain accessible at www.sonm.uk. The forum will be closed to new sign-ups and will become read-only (so it will no longer be possible to post). A front page will be added, similar to our old home page, that will state we are closed (with a link to this topic) and with a prominent link through to GRcade. You will still be able to access the forum to read past posts.
What will happen to X thread?As above, the forum will remain accessible in a read-only state. As admin I also keep archived backups of the forum, in case the website itself is ever lost.
Below we have compiled a list of popular threads and sub-forums, linking to their equivalent on GRcade, to help with the smoothest transition to our new home. If you have specific threads that you want to copy over for whatever reason, for example an ongoing sports prediction thread or a GAAW gallery, get in contact and we'll make sure to sort something out. If in doubt, ask over on GRcade - you'll find the staff there more than helpful.
GRcade is a community for "Games & Stuff". After starting as Future Gamer in 1998, it was eventually re-branded as Daily Radar and then as GamesRadar, and finally became independent from Future in 2008.
In February 2015 we officially became friends with GRcade as we launched our affiliation program. Here is what we had to say about GRcade at the time:
Since then we've shared a close relationship with GRcade, with members posting across both forums and with cross-forum activities such as Mario Kart tournaments, Mafia games, projects like What Did We Play? and a vote for our Top WiiU Games.Why we like GRcade: GRcade shares a lot with Super ONM. Originally a Future-owned business, like ONM, the community then became independent when GamesRadar closed down - a very similar origin story to us here on Super ONM. Their proven success, having gone through this change several years ago, and the fact that they are still going strong today, is an inspiration for us. With both sites sharing similar interests, being based around videogames, GRcade is a perfect fit for affiliation, and we hope it to be of great mutual benefit for both of us. The GRcade forum itself has a large and active community, with plenty going on to interest gaming fans, so check it out!
GRcade is well suited not just as an alternative to these forums, but to offer a whole new lease of life and to be a new home for the Super ONM community. On a personal note I have been an active member of GRcade since they became an SONM affiliate, and I can attest to the passion and hard work that the volunteer staff put into running the community. I truly believe this merge is the best option for keeping our own community alive, and while I will be sad to see Super ONM go as an independent site, I'm excited to see what the future holds as part of the GRcade family.
To help kick things off, and to welcome us SONMers into their community, there is a voting thread for Super GRcade's Top 10 Nintendo Games. What better way to get to know a new forum than arguing out which is better between Mario or Zelda, or whether the Prime series beats out classic Metroid?
While Nintendo and videogames might be the starring focus of Super ONM, it is of course not the only subject we discuss. Unlike here GRcade doesn't split all its discussion up into separate sub-forums (although it does have a tagging system for threads), instead simply dividing up discussion between "Games" and "Stuff". To help with the transition we've put together a handy reference, linking popular SONM threads and sub-forums to their GRcade equivalents. If you're not sure otherwise if a thread exists on GRcade, feel free to ask over there and someone will be happy to help you out!
If you'd like to show your SONM heritage over on GRcade, we've also put together a couple of userbars you can add to your signature, if you like.Topic reference wrote:Nintendo Switch, SONM Switch Friend Codes -> Nintendo Switch Chat thread
Currently playing -> Currently Playing in 2018
Retro sub-forum -> GRcade Retro Gaming Chat
Pokémon sub-forum -> Pokemon Go, Pokémon Sun & Moon
PlayStation General -> PlayStation 4 Chat II, PS Store Chat II
Xbox General -> Xbox One Chat
Steam Thread -> PCGT V
How Do You Feel Right Now -> HDYFRN, TCRT 6
The Latest Purchases Thread -> GRcade Pick Up Post
Photo Thread -> Take some amazing photos and post them here
Videos General V.2 -> Video Thread |OT2|
Politics General -> The Politics Thread 4
Sport sub-forum -> Sport tag
Graphics, Arts and Writing sub-forum -> Creative tag
Forum Games & Quizzes sub-forum -> Forum Game Test group
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It hasn't been an easy decision for me to bring Super ONM to a close. Back when we got the news the Official Nintendo Magazine forums were being shut down I was just over half a year into my first job, and setting up and running a website was something I had no experience in or knowledge of. As a mod team we were passionate about keeping the ONM community alive, and I wasn't entirely sure what I was getting into when I volunteered to try setting up a successor forum myself. Thanks to the support of the team here, as well as the advice of some colleagues (and of course stumbled upon online tutorials) I was able to create this place, and I'd like to thank everyone involved in assisting with its running over these last three and a bit years.
Of course a forum is nothing without its userbase, and it was wonderful seeing so many members of the community make the move over from ONM. We had over 14,000 posts in our first full month, and for a good while our activity exceeded what the ONM forums themselves had been hitting towards the end of their life. I feel genuinely honoured to have been the administrator for such a community.
Of course activity has dwindled, especially over the last year, which is why we have now reached this point where it feels right to call time and move on to pastures new. There are many reasons for this decline, and many are the same that led to the ONM forums decline before us, but we always knew that this would be an inevitability. I wish that this wasn't the case, but such is the fate of internet forums based around defunct gaming magazines in 2018. I can't complain, looking back at everything we have achieved - I'm sure many doubted we would survive a single year, let alone three!
So once again I'd like to thank everyone here for making Super ONM everything that it was, from all of you members through to our excellent mod team, both current and past. Through administrating SONM I have learnt plenty, and through posting on SONM I have not only lost countless hours to discussions on Nintendo, videogames and beyond, but made some genuine friends. It has been an honour and a pleasure, and I hope to see many familiar faces over on GRcade.
Scott / OrangeRakoon