Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Remnants eBooks Complete

Thanks to members of RAF, all REMNANTS books written by K.A. Applegate are available in PDF and ZIP formats.

These books may have errors. If found, please visit this forum.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

2 Million Hits on RAF Forum

Just 3 months after getting to 1 million hits, RAF Forum recorded its 2,000,000th hit today.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Duff Welcomes Himself to RAFblog

Wow. Thank you Richard; for allowing me to contribute to this blog, and for giving me such a cool entrance. “Popular, and active member, Duff” I swear, I did not tell him to say that. I’ve been itching to put out a little introduction to you guys, mainly thanking Richard for letting me do this, and tell you a little bit about what I planned to write about. To be honest, I really don’t have a plan, I have no idea what I’m going to write about, “I’m like a dog chasing after cars, I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it.” But when I saw the post looking for new bloggers I knew I had to jump at the opportunity, because as Richard said, I like to be very active around here. So that is what I will be talking about in my first blog post.

What draws us all into this community? For me, it was the Audiobook project, which is always looking for new contributors. (plug #1) I’ve always been interested in being a part of something, being active in a community. I think that is what really changed things for a lot of the members of THIS forum, THIS community. For some of us (myself included) this was your first ever forum, for others, it was your hundredth. What kept many of us here is a sense of belonging, of camaraderie. If you ask my fellow RAFcasters, the first episode of which can be listened to on our youtube site (plug #2), this was just another forum until we started working together, sharing our ideas and putting out something that we are really proud of. The members of our old roleplay, Operation MAAS (no plug, this has been dead for quite awhile), will agree that they were just a part of a faceless forum until we all became truly good friends through the experience.

What I’m trying to say is this; this forum, this community, can be so much more than an internet site if you get out there and be as active as possible. Still trying to find your place around here? Join a roleplay, the audiobooks, the video project, wikiraf, the ebooks, or start up a project of your own, but GET ACTIVE. You’ll meet some great friends that will stay with you for as long as you’re here at RAF, and you’ll have a great time.

TIP: Hide Signatures

If you're ever annoyed with the amount of images in member's signatures, don't sweat it; just disable them. Simply tick the "Don't show users' signatures".

Pages will now load much faster, so if you're on dial-up this is tip should be great for you.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Duff Joins the RAF Blog

Popular, and active member, Duff, has joined the authoring team here on the RAF Blog. Member of the RAFCast (the Animorphs Podcast) and the RAF Audiobook Project, he will hopefully have some nice blog posts for us in the near future.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The R is back in RAF

After a bit of deliberation, I've decided to put back the R in RAF. No matter how I try to escape people calling our Animorphs community Richard's Animorphs Forum, it keeps haunting me.

So I've come to the conclusion that RAF is inextricably linked with my name. So I have regressed on my October 2007 decision to rename us The Animorphs Forum.

It's Richard's Animorphs Forum... or RAF for short.

I honestly intended to purchase & on my birthday; January 1, but I already went ahead and did so, right in time for the name change. I don't want people to get confused, so I won't publicize the new domains; their only purpose is to secure the names.

All pages have been renamed Richard's Animorphs Forum.

Friday, December 26, 2008

introducing me

Hello everyone! My name's morfowt, as many of you might already know. I'm one of the youngest members of RAF, but I've spent more time on RAF than almost any other RAFian.

I'll mostly post stats and updates on the RAFparties (if you don't know what they are, you seriously need to attend one). If you have some of your own stats or things that, you believe, deserve to be noted, and that I've possibly missed, you can either PM them or email them to me at , and yes i'll most likely miss some because the second day of an RAFparty occurs when I'm at school (because I'm currently living in china).

Your New Blogger

Hello my fellow RAFians!

I hope your winter break is going well. As some of you already know, I'm Touquie. I've been an active member on RAF for just over a year now and I intend on staying for as long as possible.

I'll be bringing you some RAFlicious news now and then to keep you informed on what's happening. If you have any suggestions, or just want to contact me you can shoot me an e-mail at

Sakae/ morfowt / lezduet joins the RAF Blog

Another member has decided to join the authoring team here on the RAF Blog. None other than God lezduet. Keep an eye out for him in the coming weeks.

Doing a database host switch...

That's why the Forum is down. It should be back up in no time.

Move only took 10 minutes.

The connection problems should be reduced now.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Massive downtime caused by expired domains

CEO of XeSolutions Sean Frank indicated that the reason for RAF being down was nothing more than miscommunication. The name servers, or computers that point you to the respective host that RAF is on, apparently expired. The members of staff at the company were not informed, which led to the extended day downtime, which lasted from Thursday December 18 to Sunday December 21.

So in light of this situation I have vowed to prevent this type of downtime from occurring again; if downtime does occur (which is unavoidable), it happens smoothly. I don't want to bore you with server and domain talk, but let's just say that steps are being taken to prevent a complete loss of RAF for such a long period. Chief among the improvements is the acquiring of another host (bringing our total hosts to 3), this more expensive and expansive host will provide us with redundancy. If our main host (who admittedly was performed well prior to this month) XEhost dies on us again, there will be a full usable backup available for me to use, and point you guys to.

Talking about backups, prior to this event I only backed up the forum's database on my hard-drive; now I will begin backing up the entire website (over 4 gigabytes of data) on external devices each week. This copy of RAF will be uploaded to our newly acquired secondary host.

Let's just hope we don't run into more problems. But if we do, we should be better prepared this time around.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Details of RAF Downtime - will wait

I need to sleep or just back away from the computers. I'll give you all the details of what happened, and what will be done. But right now, I'm going to rest. As I type, the entire website is being backed up independently of our host.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Touquie / Rachel Joins the RAF Blog

Another RAFian joins the RAF Blog. This time, it's Touquie. I'd like to welcome her, and look forward to her posts.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

What to expect... or at least what to hope...from your new blogger.

Hello, RAF! It's me, Estelore. I'm sure most of you know me pretty well, and if you don't, then talk to me. I may be one of the older members here (time spent in the forum and actual age), but I love to meet new people.

As most of you may know, winter places major limits on my free time, but I devote what time I can to RAF, RAFipedia, RAFchat, and now the RAF Blog.
My intent is to make at least one regular post in the blog for every week that I have access to my laptop. This may change with time, but my hope is to start a series of RAF-related editorials, articles, and opinion pieces.

I've worked several years on the staff of a small local newspaper, where I live, and I love to talk about virtually anything (as you may have noticed from my forum posts), so this could, potentially be very interesting.
If you have any suggestions at all about an article that you would like included in the blog, feel free to PM me or e-mail me at any time. My e-mail is , and I reserve that address almost exclusively for RAF-related messages. I check it daily.

You can look forward to subjects like these in upcoming weeks:
Richard - Do we know ANYTHING about this guy?
Avatars - What does your user image say about your personality and about RAF?
RAF - Why we really ARE the best forum on the Internet.
RAFcouples - A Rising Trend.

RAF Blog Welcomes Estelore

Congratulations to Estelore, she is now on the authoring team here on the blog. Keep a lookout for her blog posts.

Estelore is the brains behind the RAFipedia, the RAF Wiki.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Invitation to Write for Blog

Xtreme Members to Gods (and of course Donators), this is your chance to rise to the occasion.

This is your opportunity to write about RAF, on the RAF Blog. Always wanted your little column? This is your chance.

Just send me a PM, and I'll set up your account.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Tyler (finally) passes 10,000 posts

Longtime devoted member, Tyler has passed the 10,000 post mark after lingering at 9,999 posts since November 23.

He now joins the very elite club, where only he and Leigh have managed to achieve 10,000 posts.

10, 000th post ->

RAF Awards Voting Begins

The 2008 RAF Awards are now on. Click here to vote.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

RAF Passes 100 000 Posts

Thanks to the RAF Party, RAF Forum has crossed the 100,000 posts made since May 30 2008.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

morfowt Achieves God Status

Morfowt is now one of 10 members who have passed the 5000 post mark. He will now enjoy the God status.

Today We Party!

Also, congratulations to two of our members, who are celebrating their birthdays today: Ken & WildAtHeart.

Learn more about the RAF Party-->

Also: I still haven't gotten a response re the forum slowdown & constant connection problems, but I'll keep you posted. As of 1:20am Saturday, I was told that the connection problem had been resolved.

Friday, December 12, 2008

RAFparty December

Perks for posting on RAF Party days:
1. Bored Board counts towards post count.
2. +2 Karma for creating a new thread.

The party will begin on 12:01 am Saturday and end on 12:00 am Sunday
December 13-14 EST

Last time was a blast. Come out and post if you can.


PS. Who knows what might be revealed at the end?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

RAF is Offline

Unfortunately. But the RAF Chat is still open.

Update 1: The website is back up, but unfortunately the SQL server is down. This means access to the forum is still impossible.

Update 2: RAF Forum is back online.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Entire website went offline today

That's right. From about 4:30pm EST, 'till 7:30pm EST RAF in its entirety went offline. This was caused by "temporary routing issues", and according to XEHost's support manager "it happens randomly occasionally and is unpreventable". Yet I have never had the entire website shut down.

So, being the person I am, redundancy is key. Now that I know of this issue which can affect anything under our domain (which is what happened today), I am asking everyone to bookmark, or simply remember our quick domain to the RAF Forum.

If this were ever to happen again, just try to access us via, and most likely it will redirect you to the RAF Chat.

Monday, December 8, 2008

RAF Awards


HERE ARE THE CATEGORIES. Please send me nominations (by PM) by December 20th so that we can do this before the end of the year. Ill create polling threads for these categories and on the day of the new year the results will be revealed.

Member of the Year
most dedicated RAF member for 2008

Mr. Mrs. RAF
basically the best RAF couple or best people to make a RAF couple, think prom queen and king.

Profile of the Year
who's signature and avatar do you like the most this year?

Funniest Member of the Year
who is in your opinion is the funniest member this year on RAF?

Coolest Member of the Year
who is it you liked throughout the year?

Staff Member of the Year
who has been the most helpful, active, and coolest staff

"Ani-master" of the Year
the person with the most information on Animorphs

Least Talkative Member of the year
what's up with the one word posts?

"Mystery" Member of the Year
does anyone even know this person?

Fan Fiction writer of the Year
who has the best writing skills?

Star-Struck Member of the Year
member most likely to know and share everything there is to know about their favorite celebrity

Freethinker Award
member who has an opinion and isn't afraid to express it

Music Man (or Woman)
most likely to start or join a band


Bes' Thread of the Year
which is the best thread of the year

Most Useless Thread of the Year
which one of these are the most useless threads created on RAF

Most Interesting Thread of the Year
pick the most interesting thread in your opinion.

Most Fun Thread of the Year
which one of these, you can't stop posting in?

Fan Fiction of the Year
which fan fiction did you like the most this year?

Most useless Announcement of the Year
what, was Richard bored?


Best Board
the board I love so much is...

Worst Board

what was Richard thinking when he created this board


Thread ->

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Congratulations to Jen - God Status!

Congratulations to RAF Forum's Jen/Nomad/Froggi/Tobs/Tobsie/Iron Frog (yes, all one person) for achieving 5000 posts. She has been elevated to God status.

Monday, December 1, 2008

November 08 Stats Report

November has gone, so here I give you RAF's November 2008 stats provided by Google Analytics.

Click to download PDF