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Maybe this is personal bias but I think ordering the sports either by current season or overall popularity makes sense. I think Football should be top, followed by Basketball and then don’t care what comes below. Having baseball on top seems out of place to me.

  • Tony

    Yeah one DUMB thing about this forum engine is that it orders stuff alphabetically. Thus the numbers in front of the main forums, so I could order them a way I wanted.

  • 89ute

    Winning the south. If not us, who?

    Hard to make a case for anyone right now. Up until yesterday, the south was going to be taken by USC with maybe UCLA giving them a fight.

    For the life of me, I can’t come up with a good argument for any team to win the south based on what we have seen so far.

    I doubt CU can do it, but that is about the only prediction I’m comfortable with.

  • CU definitely has no hope at anything. But I’ll eliminate some others as well.

    USC has the most talent but Sarkisian is a train wreck, as evidenced by getting worked by an average Stanford team at home.

    UCLA’s QB is Ben Olson II. Not going to happen.

    ASU looks to have serious issues stopping the run.

    Arizona is solid.

    I believe the South Division championship will be decided by our game with Arizona in Tuscon. Hopefully they will continue to be plagued by serious injuries.

    • 89ute

      Arizona’s problem is their schedule and injured Scooby Wright. Arizona has no byes. They could be a totally different team my November 14th.

      • RedLine

        Agree they could be very different by November. Hard to tell exactly how good they are since their OOC is altogether weak – as usual. They only beat UTSA by 10 points with Scooby playing part of that game.

      • GadValleyUte

        We could be a very different team by November too. Maybe I was just expecting too much from this team, but I feel like there’s every chance we get totally worked and do the 2011-2013 0-4 (more likely 0-3) freefall to start P12 play. Then again if we play hard and win or even keep it close in Eugene that could light a fire setting on course for a rematch. I sure hope we come to play next week.

      • Minneapolitan_Ute

        I want to beat Arizona straight up. I don’t wish injuries on anybody.

  • Not Colorado is all I can think of. Everyone has a chance this year outside of that team. It is so early I don’t have a feel for any team.

    • Tacoma Ute

      Colorado doesn’t have a chance but I think they will upset at least one of their fellow South members this year. I hope so as long as it’s not us.

      • Big Kahuna

        USC’s D did not look like it did the past few years. Losing Leonard Williams hurt U$C more than I first thought. I have similar visceral concerns on Utah losing Orchard and our lack of subsequent pressure although Fitts had a monster game versus Fresneck and was disruptive to put things mildly (2 blocks, fumble for TD, etc.)

        First post in a brighter world?

        • Rick

          When you lose a guy that just eats blocks for lunch like big Leonard they are hard to replace unless you are Utah.

  • Smack

    Utah. No one else. Except maybe Arizona, USC, or UCLA. 🙂

    Seriously, I think Utah has a good shot. But until we play some decent Pac-12 competition, I feel a little like a blind man trying to hit a moth in a closet. (Thanks, Coach Pease.) There’s a lot of guessing going on, but I like our defense a lot, and our offense just might have enough traction on its wheels to grind out some good wins.

    • GadValleyUte

      I know stars encourage weird behavior, but I always liked it as a way of recognizing wit and humor. Like the first line of the previous post. I would red star that. Gonna miss that.

      • Duhwayne

        Greetings Ute_fans! I like up and down votes.

        • Tacoma Ute

          Welcome Duhwayne. I would red star your post if I could.

          • Tony

            I just gave you a thumbs up.

            • 3UteDad

              This is weird…when I went to thumbs up a post the little number next to the thumb went from a 2 to a 1. Is my up thumbing technique lacking?

              • RUUTES

                same…but when I refresh and come back it appears to fix itself.

  • oc_ute

    i think usc is still the team to beat. they are talented everywhere. defense somewhat suspect but they’ll get it together. i think utes and ucla are a close 2nd.

  • High Uintas

    I think we’ve got as good a chance as any but my pick might be USC just because of Kessler. Rosen looked so green and Berkovici has never impressed me like he has others.

  • ironman1315

    I’m not actually convinced CO can’t win the South, they play hard and have lost a few squeakers. But I think it is more likely that CO will be last. The South is just too tough to call. But this could be Utah’s year, it should be Utah’s year, dang it guys just win! Open up the playbook this week and show the Nike Duck’s who’s boss!

  • 1Colonial

    It’s not going to be ASU. Saw them play Los Lobos and Bercovici is not good. Their D leaves a lot to be desired as well.

    My guess is Arizona, then UCLA, then USC, then Utah, then ASU, then CO.

    I would love to be wrong though…

    • Hockeybeard

      It will be interesting to see how UA’s line holds up coming into conference play. They lost a lot of their guys from last year, and they rely upon that run game to get things done. RichRod seems to be a wizard for the offense though, so maybe they won’t have any dropoff.

  • I\'ve decided I like the format of this board. Once I figured out how to reply to

    Specific posts within the main topic it got much better. I hate other boards where you have to quote the post that you’re replying to, it clutters things up. Also, it’s nice not to have ads and pop ups and fundraisers for the perpetually unemployed who are already collecting welfare from my tax dollars.

  • GadValleyUte

    I like the mix of organized threads nested in topics with the cascading. Solid design.

  • KonaUte

    Is anyone else surprised that Webmonkey hasn't responded

    to all the post talking about how bad UFN has become, or how he is a panhandler and doesn’t care about the site? I mean there are posts planning other websites that can/will take down UFN and not a word from him. It seems like he really doesn’t give a s**t about that site anymore? He is sucking the life out of it and taking it for every dime its worth? I just don’t understand why he just doesn’t sell it? If he has lost all motivation why not sell it while its worth something instead of just letting it slowly rot away. He’s got a post on his site that have people offering to buy, partner up and help with the site and he hasn’t said a word. When I’m reading all these posts I get the feeling that everyone is talking behind his back and he has no clue, but all those posts are out in the open for him to read. Yet he sits quiet. When I saw his post about needing more donations for his bills just months after he raised $6,000 I couldn’t believe it. No shame I guess. I wonder what he is thinking? I’m sure he is reading this post right now with his new UHub account. LOL Times are changing!

  • You ask why he just doesn’t sell Utefans.net? I would ask who would buy it and if that person existed, what would they pay for it? It took 24 hours to set up this site and it’s free. I would argue that the barriers to entry are minimal.

  • KonaUte

    The framework of the site isn’t what’s worth money. You would be buying the name, history and the community that posts there. Utefans has been around for a long time and is well know in the Ute community. I always here UFN’s name on the news and radio. If it’s so easy to be the top dog then why hasn’t Utahby5 taken off? There has been several posts just in the last few weeks implying that people would be interested in partnering up, buying and/or helping out with the site to make it a better place. Don’t get me wrong here, Utefans.net isn’t worth a whole heck of a lot but for someone like webmonkey that is financially strapped and down on his luck it could help him out and also keep Ufn going. He obviously doesn’t give a s**t about the site so why not sell to the highest bidder and get out of it.

  • 89ute

    I’m also surprised the has not shown any gratitude for collecting now $6480. I’m now in full out disgust mode. How many times have you been handed 6500 bucks for a little help? I feel raped.

    • javadave

      I never donated on ufn because the format sucks and why perpetuate something awful with donations?

      • 89ute

        test reply to javadave. I did not know the board worked this way. It’s only a few hours old so I’m still learning with everyone else.

        • 89ute

          Oh yeah, this is cool!

          • javadave

            pretty nifty!

        • Crimson Clover

          Test reply as well!

          • Tony

            Trying to figure out the indents!

      • Puget Ute

        You are forgetting the $3500 fund raiser we did for him about 20 months ago.

        HappyPirate was absolutely correct, although he got skewered for it. Chris is using the site as his own personal GoFundMe page.

        • Samak

          Maybe this is why he won’t sell. He’s been able to get more than the site is probably worth by just asking for cash.

      • Utah man forever

        I think it is a combination of many things. I can say that this board is light years faster and I like the format better.

    • I’m actually just as disgusted with the people who continually give webmonkey money at this point, as I am with Webmonkey.

      • Tony

        That’s a lot of dough. $3500 would keep this domain and server active for YEARS!

  • Tacoma Ute

    There were some wild accusations being tossed around on Twitter. People were saying that Monkey’s wife posted on facebook about going on a Hawaiian vacation. Somebody else said there’s nothing to that and all she said was that she would like to go there someday.

    • BioUte

      I saw the post, it’s a shirt that says Hawaii is calling and I must go but if you read the comments it is clear they aren’t going.

      I’m surprised he hasn’t responded to any of the posts but with the number of times Utefans goes down all day, I shouldn’t be surprised. It’s clear he no longer reads it.

      • Tacoma Ute

        I miss his posts. He was a great participant, not just an administrator. It seems like he’s just pretty much abandoned the site other than to occasionally post the Utes news release or announce a fundraiser.

        I just wish he would take somebody up on their offers to collaborate or purchase the site. It’s been a fixture for years.

        I wish him the best but when I saw that post by the guy that was trying to contact him for weeks to pay him to advertise and he hadn’t even got a reply it seems obvious the site’s days are numbered. I hope I’m wrong.

        • Homer Crimson

          I get the impression that WM is in full survival mode and has no time for uf.n except to ask for help. Sad times.

  • You can’t buy a web community; you earn it. Web users will flea like c**kroaches when the lights are turned out if they don’t like it. I’ve seen it happen many times before.

  • KonaUte

    It would be hard for a new owner to make utefans any worse then it already is though. I think a new owner with the right attitude would be accepted just fine by the UFN community. Probably with open arms. However, If this site takes off like we all hope it does then it might be too late for Webmonkey anyway. Go Utes!

    • Tony

      Agree. You don’t buy a web community. You earn it and you have to WORK it. If you don’t work it, things will go bad. Spam will happen. Users become unhappy. I’ve built many successful sites and it was a long time coming to build a Ute site.

  • UGLI baby

    Pleeaaaase let this site take off and let the horrible formatting and redirect ads of Utefans die forever.

    If you have a Utefans account and you are upset about the Owner, cast your “vote” for this site by never posting on Utefans again other than to let people know that all of the conversation is happening at Utehub.

    The Utes fan base should be represented by a quality website, I’m sure if people get behind this one we will have just that.

  • UGLI baby

    Lol when I signed up I didn’t realize my sign in name Wouldnt be my board username.

    • javadave

      Yeah, that’s something that needs to be fixed.

    • Utemachine

      You can edit that in your profile.

    • Tacoma Ute

      Same here. I just went back and made my name the same as my username.

    • UGLI baby

      Yeah, I just changed it too.

      • leftyjace

        Sweet. Thanks for the tip.

    • Same here. I thought my sign in name “WestSlopeCutthroat” would be my Board Name.

    • Tony

      I appreciate your opinion. I want to make this site succeed, and at the same time I want UFN to survive as well. I don’t believe one being successful means another one can’t.

      • iamthepreacher

        That is definitely the right thing to say, but I think in reality we don’t have a large enough web community of fans to justify 3+ fan forums. I suspect it will be survival of the fittest, and Utefans.net won’t survive unless something dramatic changes.

  • Washington

    I was a long time lurker of ufn. The years of commentary, discussions and guided information should be worth something.

  • UteStuckInSeattle

    What makes UFN valuable is not the name, the archive of posts, or the recognition it gets in the local media. What makes it valuable is the community that has been built and how the site has grown and evolved with that that community.

    Sadly, that evolution has stagnated and users have noticed and they are either going elsewhere or just giving up on the community entirely.

    WebMonkey was going through hard times and I could understand him not being able to invest time in the site, and I was happy to throw into the donation hat the first time around because it was being done to help a fellow community member and to help keep the place alive where we all meet to share our fandom.

    This second round of fundraising feels different to me. It feel like it’s being rationalized as “well, it worked once before maybe I can squeeze a bit more”. I hate to feel that way but it is how I feel. Honestly, I can’t justify putting more money in his hands without some type of assurance that he’s going to do the right thing and get UFN working better.

  • Smack

    I’m a little surprised, but I also understand if Webmonkey is going through some tough times. It’s hard to know just how bad things might be. I know there are times when my job totally consumes me, and I have little or no time for some things. I also know how tough it can be to give up control of something that is your “baby.” I will be sad if Utefans dies off. I guess we’ll see how it plays out.

  • leftyjace

    UGLI’s in here?
    What were you on UFN??
    And why did I not know that was you??

    • UGLI baby

      I posted like 5 times total, and always posted begging someone to reformat the site lol. I read the site a lot, just was an impossible site to have any real discussions on IMO.

  • NorthEZUte

    I began to take the initiative to create a new Utah forum last week but since this one is already off the ground a little bit, I’ll just concede. UF is becoming a freeway exit ramp and I’m trying to avoid contact if you know what I mean… Plus I was never fond of that format for a message board.

  • aquasaurious

    I’m not surprised at all. I’m certain that *if* he has seen those threads, he is just simply in full avoidance mode, refusing to deal with the conflict. In full disclosure, I was sitting right next to him when he registered the UF.N domain name way back in, I wanna say, 1999. I’ll just say that he doesn’t have much business acumen and doesn’t really care about balancing the books. For him, it’s all about being the life of the party, the center of the Utah fan universe. And that is why he will resist giving up on the site or selling it. It is an emotional decision, not a rational one. We had an amazing community in 2004-2005, but it splintered apart from within. He’s never really stopped trying to recapture that moment, or trying to figure out how to bottle it.

    I, more than anyone, wish he would sell it or divest himself and focus on the important things he needs to like his career and his health and his family. Fifteen years is a damn good run in the internet-age.

    • Tacoma Ute

      My hunch, looking in from afar and not knowing him, is that he will sell or shut it down. He can’t be happy about all of the criticism that is now being aimed at him. I’m glad he has a good job lined up and wish him the best but if he hardly ever logged into the site when he was out of work all that time how much time is he going to spend on the site when he has a full time job.

      I just wish he would either sell at least part of it so the site could be revitalized and continue on. It would be cool if he could somehow remain a part of it. My gut feeling tells me the site has come close to running it’s course though.

      • SgtUte

        But does he have a good job lined up? Can’t trust a word that comes out of his mouth anymore. Next month he might be begging for more money because the good job didn’t work out. Who knows anymore. Loving this site though.

  • KonaUte

    Does anyone in here know Webmonkey closely? I hope he isn’t into some bad stuff. I am just really confused at how he could care so little about his website and his name. I’m just hoping he’s not into drugs or anything like that. I don’t get the not caring thing after so many years. It’s one thing if he’s too busy with work and family but you would think he would be pleading his case if that was the cause?

    • aquasaurious

      Don’t know him as well as I used to, but I very much doubt it has anything to do with drugs. And I hope we can keep public speculation on whatever his personal issues are to a minimum. Let’s just continue to wish him well.

      • Badbadute

        I had no idea you and Monkey were not close anymore. That breaks my heart man, you guys were like brothers.
        I also have not been close with him in a long time, was a period in my life I considered him a close friend.
        I miss hanging with you too btw.

        • aquasaurious

          No reason to be heart-broken. I’m grateful that I’ve been able to move on and run in different circles and have different experiences in life. I’m so much healthier and happier than I was five years ago that I don’t have any sense of nostalgia. I don’t know if I would’ve made all these same choices if my friendship with Monkey remained a priority. In fact, I most certainly would have not, so you can blame me for being the heart-breaker. I’m glad we had those days with our tailgate group. And I’m glad I have the life I have right now.

      • KonaUte

        Unfortunately I was correct about Webmonkey getting into some bad stuff. DUI is no good for him or anyone else on the road.

        • Wilson's Mustache

          Yeah wow, sadly, you kind of nailed it. Everyone does make a lot more sense now.

          For his sake, I hope he gets things figured out.

  • Badbadute

    UF.N was a staple and still is to many Ute fans.
    BUT! With the introduction of Facebook groups so many pages have popped up that are far easier to read than UF.N is, I am afraid UFN has become a fossil.
    Pac-12 trash talk, Utenation, pac-12 fight Club, Ute Fan faithful, Utah Football etc etc etc.

    I wish I was still SFA and I miss the guys from 10-12 years ago but times are different.
    In the end I will still go to Utefans.net until the death rattle is over and i hope we all still have a place to collect our thoughts and opinions.

    • Tacoma Ute

      I’ll be with ufn til the bitter end, if it comes to that. I hope it doesn’t. We all need a landing place though if ufn goes under. This place looks as good as any I’ve seen. Remember, it was put together in less than a day yesterday and it’s already pretty cool. No doubt it will get even better when the administrator has a chance to fine tune it.

      • Badbadute

        Agreed.
        the Navigation will take time to get used too, But if i can figure out UFN then I should be able to read Nuclear schematics.

        • IanFaith

          Good to see some familiar faces already on board here. (Well, avatars anyway.) I too hope UFN survives, but if it doesn’t, this is where I’ll be.

    • Please post a link to utenation, I keep hearing about it but have not seen it.

  • Tony

    I’m not sure what the deal is with WM. I suspect that he’s getting some revenue from the current ads and it sounds like he’s in a dire situation which makes that revenue, however much it is, really really important. Otherwise all the complaining about the redirects and problems might have resulted in some changes. I can’t fault someone for trying to do what’s best for themselves, and for trying to pay the bills.

    Or perhaps it’s a case that UFN is working and bringing in some revenue with no elbow grease needed. It’s easy to just let it do what it is currently doing.

  • rbmw263

    I was never able to post on Ufn, nor send anyone a message about how to change that. Im guessing you have to donate to be able to post? Seems sketchy…. It also turned me off how he was always asking for large amounts of money. I feel bad if he really is going through some health stuff (and would have donated), but I have a really hard time giving the benefit of the doubt to a username on the internet.

    The site always seemed to jam up my computer, and was slow as hell. Poor design. All of this combined just gave the website a really dirty feeling to me. Was always hoping for another site to come up and become the most active Utah forum. Hopefully its this one.

  • Jumpmasterute

    I’m already loving this site , but I’m not ready to give up on UFN yet. I’m a trusting guy and believe WB is more concerned about his health right now.

  • SgtUte

    Sweet!!! Somewhere to post and read Ute related news! Love it. Keep it going w/o malware, please:)

    • Tony

      I was just about to install the malware package, but since you posted this I’ll refrain for now. 🙂

  • radioUte

    I’m not surprised in the slightest. More than a year ago I had a sign-up problem with Utefans (you know that stupid message you get that says don’t click ‘Remember Me’ or something like that?). I couldn’t sign on and I couldn’t re-register. I tried emailing Webmonkey for months without any response whatsoever. Eventually I just had to give up.

  • UteSteve

    I was a member on UFN for 8 years but like many here now gave up posting as it was too painful on that site. UH has a lot of potential so I’ll be sticking around here from now and planning on becoming more of a contributer like I used to be.

  • Daedalus

    FWIW I’ve been unemployed before. It was the worst three months of my life, I had been laid off, systematically rejected by a good ol’ boy network, and was a couple months into a new mortgage on a single paycheck.

    I sank into a deep funk, retreated into a dark corner, and sought escape in the most brain dead activities. And I wasn’t struggling with health and family issues as long as WM has. I don’t blame him for not taking care of the site. The second and third round of hat-passing was a bit tasteless but that’s definitely out of survival mode. If Oracle treats him well, I think he’ll come up for air eventually.

    It’s okay to decide you’ve had enough, but the vitriol and criticism seems unwarranted. Obviously the alternative has been provided here.

    • Tony

      I’ve been careful not to criticize WM or UFN. I DO however see a demand which I hope this place provides a solution for. Plus I love the Utes and would love to have a successful place for ute fans to congregate.

  • homer

    I’m just glad to see posts from people long ago lost. Hoping to see maki, heartless, LA, others.

    I gave up posting on UFN years ago for the most part. Twitter been my friend. Hoping this site works out.

    To that end, I’ll show and post, hopefully something worth reading, occasionally.

    • Utah man forever

      I would also like to see Makki and Colo ute here.

  • High Uintas

    I’m equally interested to see what happens to the “old guard” posters at UFN. I personally don’t get all the inside jokes and memes. I know that many avoid UFN because of all the regulars who treat it as their own blog. Will they abandon their insiders club and come over here? In the end, they may have no choice.

  • Utenut

    I have been a daily reader on Utefans for years. Have met Monkey several times, last time was at the coach’es radio show at Trolley Square lat year. I sat next to them. I told him of my recent return to SLC after retiring in Portland. He said welcome back you’re among friends now. To me it looks like a young couple trying to make it even with all the health issues, joblessness. I appreciate all he’s done. At this point given all their circumstances I feel it’s hard to judge. I know loyal posters on Utefans will support that site to the very end. I enjoy Utehub now and visit both sites daily. All the best for both.

  • leftyjace

    I am one of those that is friends with Monkey on Facebook, so I have some idea what he’s going through. His issues are real, and it’s not just him. He has other family members that are facing significant challenges.
    He even reached out to me for help once in a way that both surprised me and, well, made me uncomfortable. I can only imagine that he must have been in a bad way to do that.
    But, like others, I am not sure I completely understand the apathy he has towards UFN lately. I am sure he has been contacted IRL and had help offered concerning UFN. He has derived serious benefit from being the guardian of such a community – to the tune of a lot of dollars. In my mind, if I had derived such great benefit from that community, I would spend a lot more time nurturing it. But he is virtually ignoring it. That just feels wrong to me.
    What is happening now is a natural result of the situation. WM has the ability and the bandwidth to dive back in if he chooses. But he chooses not to.

  • UteStuckInSeattle

    I’m sure we’ve all had those times where we’re dealing with financial trouble or health issues and understand how it can consume your time and energy.

    However, when you start campaigning for financial help you kind of open yourself up to some questioning from those you ask for help from.

    He’s certainly not required to tell anyone anything or give any updates but I think it would go a long way to ease some tension on UFN.

    Overall, I don’t want to see UFN falter. I hope things get straightened out over there.

    • RedondoUte

      In regards to the panhandling… The first go around of financial support seemed fine. The $6000 goal was outlandish… This last go around for another $1500 just turned me upside down. Really?!?

      I’ve donated over there before for the Pirate Ship… But I mean, geez… Don’t we all need some help? It just seemed very tasteless to me.

      • Duhwayne

        The first goal wasn’t $6,000. It was $3,500 if I remember right. Donors hit the number in a few days so he moved the cheese and stretched it to $6,000, which I thought was bush.

        • Hockeybeard

          I think there was one almost a year ago though, or something like that…

  • IrieUte

    I love the guy, he is my big brother. But I gotta say every time I see him he is literally/physically/etc. a shell of his former self. I don’t know the full scale of things, but I honestly feel he needs a spark to enjoy life again and site maintenance is bottom of the list. Obviously there are medical complications I don’t understand, but his financial requests have reached borderline uncomfortable levels for everyone he knows (hope the job works out) but bottom line I hope he becomes that happy focused fun loving guy again!

    That said this site is another option for Utes info, perspectives, blah blah etc and personally I got to the Espn pac12 blog first, then Utefans, this site comes before local sports news and coming opponents city newspapers. Its nice to see the same thing from different angles 🙂

    Go Utes!!

    • Tacoma Ute

      Wow. I hope he’s gonna be OK. That is the most important thing in all of this. I’ve never met him but he seems like a cool guy from all of my interactions with him online.

      Get well Monkey

      • UteStuckInSeattle

        ^^^THIS^^^. No ill will for the guy.

        I wish him well and hope he gets through his tough times soon.

    • utahpunk

      Please, and I hate to be this guy, stop talking about Chris on this site. I know he has a LARGE amount of things going on in his personal life. He has had medical issues, and has neglected UF.N as a result. Please do not use these neglects to tear down what he has built. I have been a supporter of UF.N for a number of years, and have enjoyed the friendships (albeit all online) that I have built there. If you are no longer finding satisfaction with UF.N then don’t go there. But for those that still do visit both boards, and for those that still maintain connections with folks who are on there, respect what is left of it. I do not know what the fate of Chris or UF.N will ultimately be. But I do not want to see it get ripped to shreds. I enjoy the fact that I now have 2 sites to waste company time on talking and reading about the Utes and other topics.

      That’s it.
      RANT OVER

      • Tacoma Ute

        It’s nice to have two boards to bounce back and forth to when you’re just chilling and surfing the web. I hope I’m still surfing both sites 15 years from now.

  • UTAuley

    Sooooo much whining….

    It’s the nature of the beast. Sites rise and fall and some rise again (whether you wanted them to or not). And WebMonkey has had real life issues that affected his ability to manage the site as well as he once did. Can any of you honestly say that something you started 11 years ago (aside from family/marriage) are still your top priority?

    • Wilson's Mustache

      Thats fine and no one will argue against that, but the problem isn’t that it isn’t his top priority. It appears its not a priority at all. I understand that he has some other pressing concerns, but has had people asking to help him manage the site & has given no response. Yet he has time to put up fund raisers on the site.

    • Tony

      Most of the posts I’ve seen (and written) are positive, appreciative, and wishing the best for Chris.

  • MV

    I will bite my tongue.

    • 89ute

      Go ahead and let it out MV, it’s therapeutic.

  • MV

    Let’s just say, God bless the gullible.

  • Site Logo Ideas

    I like the site logo, but here are a couple quick ideas for am alternative logo if you’re interested:

  • Utemachine

    The bottom one looks cool.

  • GadValleyUte

    I like the bottom better than the top. what if you go with a white background, Red letters on UTE, and black letters on HUB?

  • The current logo is garbage. It screams University of Houston.

  • Crimson Clover

    Agree with Moose. The current logo says University of Houston to me too.

  • UGLI baby

    Bottom logo looks rad.

  • UteStuckInSeattle

    Red and Black on white per requests:

    • GadValleyUte

      I like this one best. Everything pops, especially the block U, a little more on the white background

      • KiYi

        I like this one.

    • javadave

      Yep, I like this one, too.

    • LiquidUte

      Love this. Nominated.

    • NorthEZUte

      Ooooh, this one looks nice!

  • Tony

    Hey this is great. I was thinking of hiring my graphic artist friend to do me a logo, but the last one he did cost me $200!

    I whipped that logo together in maybe five minutes so I could turn the lights on with something there.

    Thanks thanks Seattle. I’m more partial to the black background with the white hub.

    • UteStuckInSeattle

      You’re welcome to use any of them you like. Let me know if you need higher resolution versions, alternate version, or other graphics for the site and I’ll be happy to oblige.

    • GadValleyUte

      It could be awesome if the logo followed uniform combos in some way

  • UteStuckInSeattle

    Another little variation I thought looked kinda cool:

  • UteStuckInSeattle

    Idea for a “favicon” (address bar icon) for the site:

  • Tony

    Seattle: Hit refresh and you’ll see the new logo.

    What format is the logo in? I’ll have you email me the raw file (hopefully illustrator or PS).

    • UteStuckInSeattle

      Photoshop PSD. Just tell me where to mail it and I’ll send it right over.

  • Tony

    You have BM!

  • This forum is just Utahby5.com without the Mormons. Destined to fail.

    All this board is going to do is further fractionate the ute online fan community. There’s no niche for a board like this. If I want to post on a board with this ‘modern’ format, I can already find it on Utahby5.com.

    What we need is a forum with the style of utefans.net but no ads and fundraisers to support a perpetually unemployed site owner.

    The only people who are going to settle here are people who are so bigoted against Mormons that they won’t post on utahby5.com due to a high concentration of Mormons at that site.

  • 89ute

    I bet the site owner here can make this look like Utefans. He put this thing together in one hour and then took off to go golfing. Based on what he posted on Utefans, he wasn’t planning on opening it up yet, but I’m glad he did.

    I’m impressed that he did all this in an hour.

    I’ve been unable to log on to Utahby5 for a long time. Two times contacted admin and was ignored. Tacoma (I think) had the same problem. I hope this site becomes what utefans was.

    • I just stopped by utahby5.com. It looks like they don’t want a mass immigration from UF.N, they worry about ant-Mormon rhetoric infiltrating the board. This may explain why they’re not letting you and Tacoma Ute in.

      • 89ute

        It’s probably just as well, I need a place where I can swear.

  • I’ve been banned from utahby5.com. Maybe you’ve had the same done to you, they don’t put up with much dissent there, especially if you’re not Mormon.

  • 89ute

    Are you part of Utahby5? In other words, you haven’t been banned?

    Never mind, I just saw your post above.

    • Utemachine

      Give Moose a day and he’ll get banned from here too. He has a talent for it.

  • Jumpmasterute

    Moose… I mean lice are so hard to get out of your hair. Parasites. What are you going to do?

  • Tony

    This is DAY ONE people. Maybe wait until day two before you say the site will fail… Making it to day three without it melting down will be a minor success in my eyes.

    I didn’t build this site to be just like UFN or like utahby5 (didn’t even know that site existed until yesterday). I’d like to build it into, well, a Ute Hub. A place where ute fans gather and can talk about whatever, and do OTHER things than just post in a forum.

    If you want the site to succeed and be the best, chime in with your suggestions. Watch for the new suggestion thread I’ll start.

    • Tacoma Ute

      Don’t listen to the critic. He has been banned multiple times from every Utes site that has ever existed.

      You’re doing a great job. This site may well be the future of Utes message boards. Keep up the good work and THANK YOU!

    • I’ve actually changed my opinion of the board substantially now that I’m getting used to it and tried it on my phone. I’m really starting to like it, and think it may even succeed.

    • DropOutUte

      Does this new forum have an ignore feature? I want to put it to use 🙂 Moose knuckles antics get old fast.

  • UteStuckInSeattle

    Such a constructive post. Seriously, do you have nothing better to do than come here and crap on someone’s attempt to make a new, vibrant place for Ute fans to come and share in their fandom?

    Perhaps you could, instead, come with something helpful to contribute?

    I guess that’s too much to ask of some people.

  • OHIOUTE

    Moose is an old nemesis going way back—–/ just get used to his tripe or wise up quickly and just shut him down……. He will kill this place before it ever gets off the ground

  • UteStuckInSeattle

    We’re familiar with posters like Moose, and we’re not going to let their bulls**t bring down the potential of this place.

    • Tacoma Ute

      He’ll be banned before long. No matter how forgiving the owner of any site is he will always find a way to cross the lines. That’s just what he does. I’ve seen this movie dozens of times before.

  • NorthEZUte

    You don’t have many friends, do you Moose?

    • I firmly believe he is one of the alternate identities on Utefans. I think if you boiled down Utefans it has about 15 posters and mostly lurkers.

      • UteStuckInSeattle

        This probably isn’t too far from the truth, and sadly it probably won’t be getting better over there.

        Here’s hoping we can leave that junk over there.

  • No Redirects!!!!

    10 minutes in and no redirects! Where can I donate? 🙂

  • Tony

    How do I “love” this comment?

    • MauchDawgUte

      @admin If the community keeps growing you are going to need to move to a hosted provider with some load balancers. 🙂 I am serious about donating as well. I would love to donate knowing that work was actually being done to make site improvements. The hardest part about Utefans was knowing that your money wasn’t doing anything.

      M

      • Tony

        I’m on a dedicated server with a few of my other sites and it is pretty powerful. I guess as it grows we will soon see how the loads are handled.

  • Collaboration

    Hopefully this becomes a collaboration. There’s a lot of talented people that could make this forum special. We need Dahlelama to work on that logo. I’d also like to see chat (maybe it’s here and I just can’t find it).

  • BioUte

    It looks like you’re using bbpress, can you include this chat?
    http://www.phpfreechat.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3972

  • Tony

    Thanks for the suggestions. I’ll look into it.

    chat is one thing I would like to implement, especially for during games.

  • BioUte

    bump – I know you’re slammed, just wanted to see if you had a chance to look into that chat plugin. I like to hang out in chat during games.

    • Hockeybeard

      Chat would definitely be a fun RealTime thing to pass the time during games.

  • Tony

    I’ve looked at a few options. The “free” ones allow only a limited number of users, like 5 or 10. Still looking around. Maybe I can get a demo one installed by tonight or tomorrow.

  • UteStuckInSeattle

    Hey, I worked literally MINUTES on that logo!

    haha, yeah we need someone with skillz to get us a kickass logo. Anyone know Dahle personally?

    • Hockeybeard

      I’m sure if Tony@admin was interested, he could send him a message on Twitter (Dahl seems pretty active there most days). Barring that, he could be contacted through his site: http://www.dahlelama.com/

    • BioUte

      Seattle, I like your logo a lot. I bumped my own old post from when the UH logo was being used – so my original comment was in regards to the UH logo.

      • UteStuckInSeattle

        heh, no worries at all. I literally threw it together in just a few minutes.

        I would LOVE to see what Dahle could put together. His stuff ROCKS and I would gladly donate to help with his time to put something together.

  • Tony

    I really like Seattle’s logo. I’ve gotten quite used to it. Looks great on the twitter too. But if this graphic guru you speak of want’s to produce something for the site I’ll definitely take a look.

  • I don\'t see the need to split every category up

    I’d much rather be able to read all categories at once rather than have to check each category. I think most of us are interested in more than just one sport. Kinda seems really stupid to me to have each category separated out.

    I miss the old utefans.net before webmonkey p**sed off everyone, it was perfect.

  • TorontoUte

    I agree, plus maybe an option to hide unwanted categories

    • Tony

      You can currently (it’s day one so in day two it might change!) go to the forums menu item and click recent posts. That will show all the posts not filtered by category. If you want to respond though, it will take you into that specific forum.

      There will be formatting things which will be cool, and some will suck. Many, including me, are used to the UFN formatting but in order to have “categories” they have to split. That doesn’t mean down the road I might be able to work some PHP wizardry to create a threaded, all-topic layout though.

      This is just DAY ONE! Just imagine.

      • Tony

        Yes, a great idea to hide unwanted categories.

        I’m going to create a suggestion thread and I’m sure everyone will have some great ideas. We will work this to be as good as it can be.

        • jrj84105

          In split screen views like the forums index and the reply window, the column to the right displays the “site wide activities” list. I think it would be much better to display the “recent posts” list if at all possible.

          I think one big reason for UB5 getting cast as the ALUF board was that all too frequently the entire activity menu was dominated by religion/politics due to a few high volume posters in those threads. Because that right side column is going to be the way most users intuitively navigate (proven by UB5) Replacing the “site wide activities” list with a “recent posts” in the column is critical to preventing a few posters with very special interests from dominating the perceived top discussions.

  • jrj84105

    Agree. I think this is a big reason why Utahby5 stalled. For a new site there simply isn’t enough volume to make it worth clicking on every category. The activity stream on the right will functionally be a “hot” or “controversial” list and will become dominated by political/religious stuff. I would suggest keeping it simple with few categories:
    1) Sports: all of them.
    2) Religion/Politics/BYU: the stuff that needs to be sequestered.
    3) Miscellaneous

    If we get over some threshold like three pages of posts in a day on any topic, then it deserves its own forum. Otherwise it’s better to limit the subdivision.

    • GadValleyUte

      I like this idea. red star. I’ve seen multiple boards loose traction by splitting everything early and being too difficult to navigate. Start simple.

  • rbmw263

    Agree. Put all topics/threads on one page (although the recent posts section does this now), make categories.

  • UTE98

    Um, anyway to ban people? I’d rather not have to see certain User names, ^^^^^like the one way up top.

    Thanks for setting up the board.

  • Tony

    Regarding banning people, if trolls come in or people exhibit bad behavior or post porn spam or something, they WILL have to be banned.

    You might be thinking of “hiding” a particular user’s posts, which is a great idea as well, but probably hard to implement right away.

  • NYUte

    I really like the activity tab up at the top. That way I don’t have to click each topic to see if anything is new. Great site so far!

  • Where can I find replay of Fresno State game?

    Please post a link to a streaming replay of the Fresno state game. No torrent please, I want to be able to watch it from an iPad.

    Thank you for your help.