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Fancy Rats Forum will be closing down * now reprieved!

Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2021 9:15 am
by Fancy Rats Admin
It is with deep regret that we announce this forum will close on 9th April 2021, and will not be viewable after that date.

The vast majority of discussion on rat care now takes place on facebook, and since the rise of that and other new social media platforms, the activity on forums has dwindled, and the levels we see here do not justify our hosting costs.

For many years though, this forum was the largest pet rat community in the UK, and whilst there are many historical threads and articles that are of interest, and indeed some that are still valid, others have been getting out of date and the latest developments in husbandry are not reflected here.

We are aware that in addition to the visible threads, members will also have personal messages that they may wish to save, and hope that the 3 weeks notice will enable them to take copies. If you are unable to retrieve log in details, please email web@fancyratsforum.co.uk

Our plan is to preserve the most relevant articles and some selected content from key threads and post them on facebook. Our page is https://www.facebook.com/FancyRatsForum.

We recommend joining https://www.facebook.com/groups/RatCareUK for advice and general discussions because it is run by a team that includes several FR admin team members and therefore has a similar set of ethics.

We realise that not everyone wishes to use facebook and this will perhaps leave you feeling cut off, but unfortunately there simply aren't enough to make running the forum viable. An alternative forum is run by the National Fancy Rat Society, so we recommend joining them, membership is currently only £24 per year for an adult. https://www.nfrs.org/

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to FR over the past 20 years, both members and those who have been part of the admin team. We have undoubtedly had a major and positive effect on the lives of thousands of rats and their owners, had a lot of fun, and made many friends too.

Please feel free to reply with any comments and questions.

Re: Fancy Rats Forum will be closing down

Posted: Sun Mar 21, 2021 3:53 pm
by fuschia
Thank you so much for everything :hearts:
I've just popped on to see if there is anything I need to take screen shots of, so many memories to see here!

Re: Fancy Rats Forum will be closing down

Posted: Mon Mar 22, 2021 6:51 pm
by ScissorCrow
Sad to hear but somewhat inevitable.

Thank you everyone who has contributed and taken the time to share their knowledge and experiences - many rats lives will have been improved.

Re: Fancy Rats Forum will be closing down

Posted: Sun Mar 28, 2021 6:14 pm
by GeekyGoth
This site has been a massive part of my rat keeping and it's a shame to loose it.

Re: Fancy Rats Forum will be closing down * now reprieved!

Posted: Sat Apr 10, 2021 4:39 pm
by cyber ratty
Due to the number of people who have expressed a desire to see this forum remain in place, the admin team has decided to keep it open over the coming year.

This will be a trial period, and if we can't raise the funds necessary to pay for hosting, then it will have to close for good next April.

Please keep an eye out for an announcement on our fundraising plans which will be posted as soon as the forum software has been updated.