As promised, a History of Hive World Terra article has now been created, tracking back its progress from the initial clan-bertram predecessor site to the very latest hiveworldterra.co.uk and its sub-sites.
Also added (and mentioned in the article for historic purposes) is an old archive of the clan-bertram as it was when the old domain was closed in 2004. There have been a few changes to remove the irrelevant and legally dubious (i.e. 'copied from other sources') material, and to fix/remove some broken links, but the site is otherwise as-is.
It's amazing how much a site can change over the years!
After much investigating I have discovered that the Hive World Terra forums are now approximately six years old! I don't know the actual 'date of birth' of the forums, as we started out on a forum that we didn't host, but according to the web.archive.org copy of our updates page the first incarnation of the forum (on ezBoard) was started some time around January 2001.
Later update pages then show that the forum migrated via free hosting on ProHosting.com, Netfirms.com, f2s.com, before arriving at hiveworldterra.ibboard.co.uk and then, eventually, its current home at forums.hiveworldterra.co.uk.
That also means that the original hiveworldterra.ibboard.co.uk mini-site is now five years old, and the predecessor site (clan-bertram.co.uk) would have been about seven years old!
Here's to many more years of Hive World Terra!
Over the last couple of months, I've stuck a few bits & bobs into the Encyclopedia that don't really fit into any pattern; but here they are anyway.
Catalepsaen Node, Charlie Stross, The Gaschuggers, the Ossmudula
Until today the initial form had been huge - nearly 50KB when including all of the reference sources included in our database. Now the initial page has been cut down and submissions are a two stage process. Firstly you submit the word and definition, and then you specify your sources.
Hopefully this minor change should cut down on problems for people randomly viewing the page and having to download the entire list of sources before being able to see the left navigation when they were just interested in what was on the page!
A while ago I updated the News module of this website and the update included an Atom feed (a form of news syndication). Unfortunately it wasn't properly enabled, and so people couldn't read the (somewhat occasional) news updates through their favourite news reader.
Once again I've been busy with either work or the Skins@HWT website and the main Hive World Terra has been taking a back seat.
Fear not, for I have now had a chance to update the site with something I've been meaning to add for a while! On some of my train journeys to work I would read Eisenhorn by Dan Abnett, then I wrote some definitions for some of the characters that could be put in the Encyclopedia.
These new definitions have been put off for a while because I needed to re-read bits of the book to pick out the missing details I had left out. Now I've found the details and added seven new definitions including Inquisitor Eisenhorn, Inquisitor Ravenor and Eisenhorn's Distaff of Untouchables.
Remember, the Encyclopedia is only as good as the content that you submit, so if you have a passion for the Games Workshop novels and fluff, write down some notes and submit a definition!
OK, following on from the Segmentae definition, I've added brief definitions for each of the Segmentum Fortresses; Bakka, Cypra Mundi, Kar Duniash, Hydraphur and Mars. Obviously, the Mars definition is very brief; but pending some more time and a dab of additional research, I'll expand it to cover Mars' terrain and some details on the Adeptus Mechanicus.
As soon as I can find my copy of Codex: Chaos (dang it, it's round here somewhere....) I'll make a start at some of the Traitor Legions.
New Encyclopedia definitions added...
They may have been delayed by a few days, but some of Simguinus's definitions have finally been added to the website.
Simguinus added another Dwarfish definitions - Zhufbar - a real-world reference for the Apocrypha of Skaros, and new or updated definitions for the Adeptus Astronomica, Chosen, Forbidden Fortress and Astronomican Sacrifices.
Also added was a brief definitions for the ice world of Valhalla by Alexander Kerensky.
In related news, Simguinus is now the Hive World Terra 'Chief Librarian'. He's been a great help with his well researched definitions, and has contributed ideas of how to improve the website via the forums. As such, he now has access to the admin side of the website and will be able to add definitions and news himself from now on, rather than relying on me to approve them!
Thanks to Simguinus for his continued work, and I hope he enjoys his new post.