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The Old Man

As we approach the end of 2016, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our amazing members, old friends and guest visitors a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

To mark the Yuletide occasion, This Is Who We Are has once again been festively decorated with a choice of two themes, Christmas Noel and White Christmas, created by Sherri at IBTheme.
For those who prefer the usual default TIWWA Theme, you can select this or any of the other themes from the Theme selector menu at the bottom of any page.

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Today, I've also updated our community's software with the recently announced upgrade (see previously Staff Blog entry for more details) which sees the introduction of the new built-in 'Leaderboard' which highlights, just for fun, our most popular and active Members, and awards them with Gold, Silver and Bronze Trophies. The awards are also visible on the relevant member's Profiles.

I'd also like to take the opportunity to thank our Elder Staff Members, who assist me by helping moderate when necessary and administrate the community, in particular @Libby

For many, I'm sure it has been a good year, but also unfortunately for many an eventful, sad and difficult year; in particular for those of us who have lost special friends such as our wonderful Erin @Raven Wolf who loved this time of year, who have lost family members or who have suffered from illness or challenging times. Let's hope 2017 brings a more happier and prosperous year for everyone, no matter who they are, or where they are.

This Is Who We Are




Ladies and gentlemen,

As you know, TIWWA has recently introduced a new Skype discussion group to allow members to come together in real-time to chat with each other about our beloved show. Our next meet will take place of Saturday 17th April 8:00pm GMT and all are welcome to take part.

As our gathering focusses on Chris Carter's sublime creation, Lucy Butler, we dipped into her mythology to create a bit of fun that will allow Millennium fans to have the chance to win a gorgeous signed photograph of Sarah-Jane as Lucy Butler. Having seen it I can attest to how fantastic it is. Millennium fans will know that our beloved nemesis famously tempted Landon Bryce with her Apple Cinnamon Pancakes in Season Two's much respected "A Room With No View" and our challenge to you is to create a pancake filling befitting of The Devil's Liege Herself.

It can be scrumptious, noxious or downright poisonousness but be we ask that you put your thinking caps on and create a culinary delight of demonic goodness. If you want to add chocolate sauce to lightly flambéed deadly nightshade and sprinkle it with saltpetre be our guest. It really is up to you.

To enter, and stand a chance of winning this superb prize, simply leave your creative concoctions in the comments section here or send them to me (ethsnafu) as a personal message if you prefer.

You don't have long, the closing date for the competition is Friday 16th April 00:00 GMT so make sure all your entries are in by then. The winning entry will be announced during the chat.

Till then, love is blue!


Thanks, as always, to Sarah-Jane Redmond for her kind donation of the prize and to Graham for allowing us to use it in this way.

The Old Man

As you probably know, you can include additional data in your profile which shows up next to your posts on the board's forums. A couple of years ago, we added extra text fields and options to display your favourite writers, directors, episode/s and seasons etc. We don't baffle new members by including all of these options on the member registration page, but everyone is free to update their profile at any time with this extra information. Sometimes its for fun, sometimes its useful.

Recently I began watching Millennium Season 1 again, its been some time since I last saw a full run of the show aside from seasonal episodes, and today I was inspired to add an additional option where members can store the date that they last saw Millennium, whether it be an episode or a season, it really doesn't matter.

You might find it interesting or useful from a person point of view to keep track, or it may be relevant to a topic you have contributed to.

So to enter March, 2006, you just enter 03-2006 including the hyphen.

On a related note, you may be interested to know that the forthcoming version of our board software will feature additional contact fields for Jabber and Skype.

The Old Man

Regular visitors to This is who we are will know that we have some optional Profile fields that members can complete at any time, which contain details about their favourite Millennium episodes, seasons, writers and characters. Its fun and of course will be of interest to other members and particularly our friends.

Up until now, we've automatically included the majority of this information next to your posts in the forums, but lately we noticed that there was a little too much and the author section next to each post was getting a little overgrown. In particular, there were some text fields that you could enter information such as your favourite 3 characters, but some members were entering quite long lists or 10 or so names which was breaking some skin layouts and making the board convoluted.


Today, I have tidied up this section of our profiles, renamed it "What you like about Millennium" and reduced the amount of this information that is shown next to your posts.

The "What you like about Millennium" section now allows you to list:

  • your top 3 favourite Millennium episodes and characters,
  • your least favourite episode,
  • your favourite Writer and Director
  • and your most recently watched episode and season.

Yes, some of this information was available before, but we've removed the text fields and now you quickly select your characters, episodes etc from the available drop down lists of names and titles, which also makes it impossible for some members to list too many or fill the list with unwanted text.

The information is displayed in your profile if you choose to make selections, but only your favourite season, episode and character will show next to your posts. This should reduce some of the clutter, make the pages quicker to load and your friends can still learn what your like and dislike about Millennium in your profiles.

If you have a suggestion for a field that you think would be popular for inclusion in the "What you like about Millennium" section, let us know and we'll give it fair consideration.

To complete this section of your profile, when viewing your profile click on the Edit Profile button, or find it under your Board Settings.

The Old Man

Welcome to the new staff blog at This is who we are!

We'll will be doing our best to keep you all up to date with behind-the-scenes news, ramblings and a general heads up of what to expect from TIWWA in the coming months.

Its all a bit work in progress, so please bear with us and don't forget to give us any feedback, thoughts or ideas along the way. As far as I know, this will be the first example of a team blog at TIWWA - the difference being that multiple editors (in this case our staff team) have been assigned to the blog to post content. Don't forget that you too can set up a team blog yourself, just assign editors to your own blog and if you don't yet have a blog, you just need to make 25 posts on the forums to create one.

I strongly believe that team blogs are a great idea! With multiple editors helping to add content to keep your blog it will stay fresh and alive on a variety of subjects and themes you could choose from, that you may have in common with some of your online pals at TIWWA. Think about it and if you need help setting it up or adding members to your blog as Editors, just let us know in the Blog Support forum and we'll get your sorted!

Thanks again to all our members, for continuing to support the Millennium community and for being what we consider to be such dear friends.

The Old Man

It is with great pleasure that I extend both congratulations and a warm welcome to two respected TIWWA members Richard and Laura, who as of today have made the transition from Candidate to the the Elder Staff Team.


WaveCrest and SpooktalkGiGi, Richard and Laura will this weekend be recovering from their traditional blood letting riverside ceremonies (you should have seen the Health and Safety Risk Assessment forms we had to complete) that take place in a secret location near Bucksnort, following a competitive and highly traditional selection process that you may find somewhat familiar:

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Richard and Laura are incredibly well respected on the board, considered a pleasure to talk with and always so helpful to members and welcoming to new TIWWA fans finding their way here.

Their commitment and dedication to the Millennium community on this website has not gone unnoticed from their contributions as TIWWA Blackcoats and from member feedback. Their efforts to welcome new members to the forums and to get involved in so many topics has also not gone unnoticed. Laura and Richard's posts are always a pleasure to read and they are respected contributors that I receive many complimentary comments about.

At This is who we are, we are fortunate that moderator action is seldom needed thanks to the maturity and shared high values of the Millennium fan community. However, we like to make sure that there is always someone logging in each day from various time-zones who have the power to act on anything that breaches our Board Guidelines, is considered spam or junk advertising or that is harmful or disrespectful to the valued posters who combine to make up our amazing community. Elder staff members need to be able to display tact, discretion and diplomacy when deal politely but firmly with members during situations that crop up from time to time, especially when members discuss the more controversial elements of Millennium. We also look for staff who appreciate and respect that our members should feel confident that they can post and express their thoughts and opinions openly, provided that they are respectful to others at all times. Both Richard and Laura exceed these pre-requisites and they will be a huge addition to our team.


The Old Man

Topic Preview

The ability to 'preview' a topic by viewing an excerpt from the first post is another feature coming soon to TIWWA. The developers have made the idea a little more useful by also including the last time you read a topic (if applicable) and the number of unread posts so you can quickly review how much activity has taken place since you last read the topic.


When you 'mouse over' a topic entry, you'll see a little 'pop-up' icon. Clicking this loads an excerpt from the first post along with some data underneath. This is very useful for moderators who can quickly review both normal and un-approved topics as well as being useful for normal members who can quickly decide whether they want to open the topic or not as it gives you more of an inkling as to what the topic is about.

Technical Details:

- Icon appears for moderators / admins and normal members. If there are no moderator tools, it shows on its own.

- When you mouse over the cell, the icon is "faded" until you mouse over the actual icon.

- Data is loaded via Ajax to reduce mark-up required in the templates.

- The post excerpt is stripped of all BBCode and mark-up to prevent it breaking out of the pop-up.

This feature adds a little more functionality and polish to the forum index, allowing you to perform your daily routine a little quicker and a little easier.

The Old Man
It's been over 2 years in the making, but the next major software update to our community software suite is coming soon! V4 of our software has been completely rewritten from the ground up for faster performance, great new features, improvements and functionality, as well as a new, fully responsive theme design, meaning it will scale automatically to fit computers, mobile devices and tablets without needing a separate plain mobile theme for smaller display devices.

There are a couple of important changes just to be aware of as Members.

Firstly, our current software has the option for Members to have separate Log-In User Names and Display Names. The User Name is what you enter to log into the website (or you can choose to enter your email address), the Display Name is what appears on the community website and in your profile which can be changed if/when you like.

V4 has done away with log-in names, so you just need to remember and to use your Display Name and TIWWA account password (or email address and TIWWA password) to log in to TIWWA after the community is upgraded.

Secondly, the concept of Friends in your profiles has been replaced with Followers, to make the feature more useful and social. So if want to Follow say Libby, you can do that from Libby's profile as you would have done before. You can then opt to keep up to date by receiving email or online notifications when the people you follow add new content, follow someone else, add a video, post a status update etc.

As some Members have lots of Friends, there is a consideration that those members may be receive too many Following Notifications, so when we upgrade the software we may opt not to convert Friends to Followers immediately as part of the upgrade process, in which case you can choose afterwards yourselves who to follow from new after the community has been updated. I'll give this some more thought to this but welcome any preferences from our Members.

I'll keep you all posted on progress, for the moment I'm waiting for the majority of issues or bugs to be discovered and fixed before we upgrade, and also for compatible Shoutbox to be released.
The Old Man

I've just upgraded the TIWWA software suite. As with any big update, if you are visiting soon after the upgrade, I strongly recommend that you do a hard refresh to make sure your browser loads the updated versions of the files and isn't using a mix of new and cached old ones which can cause odd things to happen to your experience of our site(!). To do this in Windows, simply hold down the CTRL key and then just press F5 then let go, and it will force your browser to reload all files on the page. There, you are seeing everything as it should be.

There are some minor maintenance fixes expected over the next few weeks, which will address any new bugs etc with this latest major update and may add some new features along the way.

What's New?!

The developers have added dozens of new features, enhancements to existing features, fixed the majority of 4.0 bugs, and made large performance gains.

Firstly New Content (some still call it View New Content) is now called Unread Content. There is also a handy link to it as shown below...


This will take you to one of the new Activity Streams, which is like a time-line of new content.

If you don't like the way a particular Stream looks, (eg. say you want a more condensed view without the content of the posts showing), you can toggle the display between the Expanded (normal) and Condensed Views.



The new Menu Bar

The new Menu Bar represents how most people use the software suite, by browsing through the existing content to spot or view items of interest or sections of the site such as the Forums, Gallery, etc, much like the old menu system, but it also now provides an easy way to see and catch up with new activity using the Activity menu tab. We can also customise the menu, so we'll soon add useful links to the main website, such as the Episode Guide, Music Guide etc.

The image below shows the new Activity tab where you can use the default Activity Streams, or Create or Edit your own streams....



Browser Notifications

If you choose to allow Browser Notifications, you will get a small pop up and sound effect to alert you when someone has say, replied to a topic you are following or created a new topic.


Smarter Pasting

When you paste content from say another website or page, if the editor detects it it is styled content (different font, size, contains HTML or images etc), you can choose to quickly paste it as plain text.


Selective Quoting

I've a feeling many will like this new feature. You can now hightlight part of a post, and selectively quote it using the pop-up option that appears. When ready, only the part of the post you highlighted will be quoted, which saves time and is much neater. It makes it easier to quote part of someone's post without quoting the whole things, especially if its from a long post when it will save lots of scrolling.


A list of changes and new features...

Some of the main changes and new features include (I've highlighted the main ones, and removed a lot of the internal stuff from this list):

  • New menu structure and drag-and-drop menu manager
    • Ability to have two menu levels
    • Option to create both custom-link menu items and embed preconfigured menus
    • Preview before publishing
    • All menu items support group permissions
  • Discovery system, a very powerful new feature that allows for both admin and user created Activity Streams
    • Admin-defined Streams always visible to users. Users can edit and save admin streams to create their own, custom copy if they would like to tweak them to suit themselves.
    • The main show-all stream automatically tells you when there is new activity
    • Users can now create their own custom streams
    • User streams can be shared but viewer will only see content based on their permissions
    • Filter options include:
      • All content or specific apps. Some apps support further refinement into categories or content-type.
      • Unread content
      • Ownership
        • Content I posted in
        • Content I started
        • Content by specific members (user can create a list)
      • Content I follow
        • Areas I follow
        • Specific content I follow
        • Posted by members I follow
      •  Time Period
        • Any time
        • Since my last visit
        • Specified number of days
        • Specific date range
    • Activity Streams that reference features not available to Guests such as unread tracking and follow system will auto-hide
  • Selective quoting to highlight a bit of a post and quote just that
  • Gallery application enhancements
    • New upload image process
    • Images and movies are submitted to the same upload field
    • Image reviews
  • Editor updates
    • Uses div-mode which is much faster and more reliable. Clicking into the editor is now pretty much instant.
    • Auto-linking and member mentions to use new APIs for better reliability
    • Quotes, code boxes, and spoilers can be dragged and moved and there is no more "red line"
    • When cmd/ctrl right-clicking: options to remove or break-out of quotes, edit links and edit image properties
    • Pasting asks if you want to convert to plain text
    • Editor is responsive, and ability to have small editor show in areas with less space
    • Member @mentions in posts can now be selected by tab key
  • Design and interface enhancements
    • Improve typography for titles
    • Better contrast for user-entered text (posts/comments/etc)
    • Brighten background colors
    • Pre-select text in when share popup is opened
    • Make positive/negative colors consistent across all uses
    • Better hover highlighting of 'blended' links
    • Better styling of mentions in posts (both the username, and the menu to select a user)
    • Better contrast for certain areas
    • Flatten the default photo image
    • Improve popular/selected post styles
    • Change popular post icon to heart for consistency with likes
    • Make date a permalink for sharing
    • Improve sidebar contrast and block styles
    • Improve attachments dialog
    • Add X to close mobile nav menu
    • Select messages for multiple deleting in messenger
    • Make leaving a conversation clearer
    • Improved warning panel in user profiles
    • Move content status icons (pinned, hidden etc.) to start of row
    • Improve cover photo so it automatically puts it into position mode after uploading
    • Android title bar inherits theme header color
    • Added date uploaded to Downloads version dropdown
  • Browser notifications for completed actions (such as large file uploads)
  • Search
    • The main search box defaults to the app you are currently browsing unless you are on home page where it searches all
    • New default interface
    • Results now highlight and skip to search term in preview
  • Retina emoticons for Ipad/iPhone etc (where available)
  • Instant Notifications
    • Receive notifications via your Browser Notifications of new Personal Messages and anything in the notifications menu
    • Intelligent auto-polling that only polls when needed to reduce server traffic
    • Browser local storage used, to allow for cross-communication if you have multiple tabs open to further reduce resource use
The Old Man

We're very proud to highlight in our staff blog that Joseph McBrayer (known as HighPlainsDrifter), one of our highly popular and much-loved members at This Is Who We Are (TIWWA) has volunteered to help raise $500 of funds for children's cancer charity, St Baldricks, by shaving his head!

The St. Baldrick's Foundation is the world's largest volunteer-driven fundraising event for childhood cancer research. At St. Baldrick's events all throughout the year, brave volunteers shave their heads, raising funds for research. Like runners in a marathon, "shavees" collect donations from family, friends and associates. The Foundation receives these funds and makes grants to research experts to find new and better treatments for fighting kids' cancer.

The Foundation funds local institutions and cooperative research on a national scale to help doctors work together to develop the best treatments for all children with cancer. The St. Baldrick's Foundation provides grants to over 230 institutions for laboratory research and to help make clinical trials available to more children than ever, giving those children treatment that offers the best chance for a cure and long-term survival.

Since 2000, St. Baldrick's has raised more than $69 million USD by hosting more than 2,500 events and shaving more than 108,000 heads in 24 countries and all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.


Joe's Donation page at St Baldricks's can be found here:


Joe posts, "With having family members that had died from cancer and a close friend that survived cancer I have joined a great organization that helps the cause. They are called St.Baldricks. I am looking for donations to help children with cancer, I am shaving my head for this. If you can help by please donate to this cause."

We're hoping that you can help Joe achieve his goal of raising $500, its really easy to do, just go to his page and click on the Make a Donation button. I was able to make a donation from the UK in minutes, with no registration required. If you're a TIWWA Member, you may like to use the option to display your member name instead of your real name, its completely up to you!

TIWWA wishes Joe every success with this worthwhile challenge and is very proud to sponsor him!



Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great pride and pleasure that two lucky winners have been selected from all those who took part in the Easter competitions. I am delighted to announce that the winner of the Millennium Trivia Pursuit Quiz 2010 is Coughcool and the winner of The Launderama of The Soul 2010 is Walkabout. Both these names were chosen at random from the many entries we received and I am sure you will join me in congratulating them.

To claim your brand spanking new DVD prizes simply send me a PM with your names and addresses (confidential of course and deleted after mailing) and I will pop this in the post to you right away.

To all those who took part and helped make this weekend the resounding success it was. Thank you.

Here's to next time.




TIWWA is a Millennium Community. There is no doubt about that but our admiration and appreciation for all things "Ten Thirteen" is reflected in the content our members share here as well as the flexibility the forum affords you all to indulge in your interests and passions.

I am a long time admirer of "The Lone Gunmen" and, in particular, the sterling work Stephen Snedden and Zuleikha Robinson contributed to the enduring popularity of a group of geeks that the "X-Files" made us fall in love with.

This is an interview I had always wanted to see. "The Lone Gunmen" never received the acclaim it deserved as a series and Stephen and Zuleikha rarely had a chance to tell their side of the story.

I approached Stephen about the possibility of an interview and was delighted when he demonstrated a passion for the show that surpassed my own. He was a joy to correspond with, a man of immense heart, and I am grateful to him for his time.

At first I thought the results would languish on my hard-drive but knowing I couldn't be the only fan of "The Lone Gunmen" out there I asked Graham for permission to share this with you all.

If you want to take a peak behind the scenes of that show and read the words of a superb actor who was an wonderful addition to a near perfect recipe then please check out the interview here and share your thoughts.

As it was said in the show, his kung foo is best. I couldn't put it better myself.




Wednesday May 5th sees Lance Henriksen reach the grand age of 70 years young and as this is a milestone birthday the Millennium Fan Community (thanks to the inspiration of our founder, Graham P Smith) decided it was right and proper to mark the occasion in style and bring as many people together at www.tiwwa.info to celebrate the continuing career of one of the acting profession's brightest luminaries. To help the occasion go with a "boom boom" we have some super articles and videos looking back over Lance's stellar career and celebrating his achievements in various roles with a special emphasis on Frank Black. We have an exclusive comic strip bringing "Frank Black" back in his first adventure for over a decade (courtesy of artist and writer, Barry Renshaw with an ongoing series to follow), contributions from Millennium cast and crew members, Mark Snow, Peter Outerbridge, Robert McLachlan and Marshall Bell and from Movie Director and Writer, Brett Hart and Author M R Sellars. In addition to which we have games, an especially commissioned birthday anthem, seventy reasons why we love Lance Henriksen and much, more more.

Special thanks must be afforded to Matt Allair of www.x-fileslexicon.com and Laura and Frank of http://www.spooktalkular.com/ for their contributions and as the week unfolds we expect more surprises and fun.

As we look forward to celebrating Lance Henriksen's 70th Birthday, with the great and the good assembled, it is also time to announce the third outing of our Millennium Skype Chat Group, "Millennium: The Family". We are inviting each and every one of you to join us on Friday May 7th 8:00 GMT as we take a look back at the continuing career of Lance Henriksen and the plethora of roles he has become famous for creating (with a little more emphasis on Frank Black of course).

As always, we endeavour to keep the flame alive and hope that you will all join us on Wednesday May 5th to do so but, more importantly, we hope you will raise a glass to Lance Henriksen. Happy Birthday Lance, long may you reign.

Mark Hayden

The Old Man

New and existing members at This is who we are now have the choice to log into our community using the popular OpenID functionality for those with OpenID accounts or whom would like to start using one.

Please note that this is an optional service for existing or new OpenID members and we are unable to provide technical support. Please see the OpenID website for more information. No changes have been made to your account at TIWWA.

You can associate an OpenID identity URL with your account by click on My Settings from the user menu (by your photo). Enter your OpenID under the Settings tab.

When you next log in (or out and back in), you will see the option to log in with OpenID.

A little about OpenID from their website...

What is OpenID?

OpenID allows you to use an existing account to sign in to multiple websites, without needing to create new passwords.

You may choose to associate information with your OpenID that can be shared with the websites you visit, such as a name or email address. With OpenID, you control how much of that information is shared with the websites you visit.

With OpenID, your password is only given to your identity provider, and that provider then confirms your identity to the websites you visit. Other than your provider, no website ever sees your password, so you don't need to worry about an unscrupulous or insecure website compromising your identity.

OpenID is rapidly gaining adoption on the web, with over one billion OpenID enabled user accounts and over 50,000 websites accepting OpenID for logins. Several large organizations either issue or accept OpenIDs, including Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Microsoft, AOL, MySpace, Sears, Universal Music Group, France Telecom, Novell, Sun, Telecom Italia, and many more.


OpenID is the fast, easy and secure way to sign in to websites. Here are just a few benefits to using OpenID.

Accelerate Sign Up Process at Your Favorite Websites

Most websites ask for an extended, repetitive amount of information in order to use their application. OpenID accelerates that process by allowing you to sign in to websites with a single click. Basic profile information (such as your name, birth date and location) can be stored through your OpenID and used to pre-populate registration forms, so you spend more time engaging with a website and less time filling out registration pages.

Reduce Frustration Associated with Maintaining Multiple Usernames and Passwords

Most web users struggle to remember the multiple username and password combinations required to sign in to each of their favorite websites, and the password recovery process can be tedious. But using the same password at each of your favorite websites poses a security risk. With OpenID, you can use a single, existing account (from providers like Google, Yahoo, AOL or your own blog) to sign in to thousands of websites without ever needing to create another username and password. OpenID is the safer and easier method to joining new sites.

Gain Greater Control Over Your Online Identity

OpenID is a decentralized standard, meaning it is not controlled by any one website or service provider. You control how much personal information you choose to share with websites that accept OpenIDs, and multiple OpenIDs can be used for different websites or purposes. If your email (Google, Yahoo, AOL), photo stream (Flickr) or blog (Blogger, Wordpress, LiveJournal) serves as your primary online presence, OpenID allows you to use that portable identity across the web.

Minimize Password Security Risks

Many web users deploy the same password across multiple websites. And since traditional passwords are not centrally administered, if a security compromise occurs at any website you use, a hacker could gain access to your password across multiple sites. With OpenID, passwords are never shared with any websites, and if a compromise does occur, you can simply change the password for your OpenID, thus immediately preventing a hacker from gaining access to your accounts at any websites you visit.

Because the focus of most OpenID providers (such as Google, Yahoo and AOL) is in identity management, they can be more thorough about protecting your online identity. Most website operators are less likely to be as dedicated to protecting your identity as the OpenID providers, whose focus is on securely hosting user identities.



As TIWWA remains committed to its mandate to be the progressive face of Millennium Fandom, it is our intention to explore a new era in bringing enjoyable content to the supporters of our beloved franchise.

Forum Elders and our forum's founder, Graham P Smith, have entered into discussion about the possibility of exploring providing a service for you good people that utilises video as means to entertain, inform and unleash your creativity. Something we know you have boundless reserves of.

Today a topic was posted in the Blackcoat Forum that details what we have in mind and, hopefully, provides food for thought and encourages you all to dig deep and inspires you to contribute to an exciting and bold new era in fandom.

If you are unsure what The Blackcoats are then this post will explain it all.

We want to take the talent and admiration you all have for Millennium and encourage you to contribute to its continuing online presence. You don't have to consider yourself special, skilled or exceptional but we ask that each and every member who feels passionately about the show to consider contributing a little something to our intention to continue to celebrate it. As Graham has pointed out, there are incentives for doing so, joining The Blackcoats is fun and worthwhile. We appreciate your time and talent and you will be rewarded for this as much as we are able.

So, are you interested in taking part in the new era of Millennium Fandom? Do you want to know more about it or volunteer your services to the TIWWA Blackcoats? If the answer is yes then drop me a personal a message and I will add you to the ranks and you will be able to see what we have in store.

As Millennium so neatly put it: "We are not prepared to sit back and wait for a happy ending."

This is who we are!

Mark Hayden

The Old Man

TIWWA Members and visitors can look forward to the next major release of our community suite software coming mid-2017. Software company IPS are well into development on v4.2 and are excited to start announcing all the new features and improvements.

Our next big release is focused on engagement with our members. You will see enhancements to our Reputation system, new ways to encourage people to register on our community, and enhancements to existing features to make them more interactive. There are also entirely new capabilities we cannot wait to show you ranging from new ways to organize content, to tools to help promote our community.

Version 4.2 also features a refreshed default front-end design (and for Libby to play with, a refreshed Admin Control Panel too!). Theme changes in 4.2 are mostly in the CSS framework so our existing themes will either work without issue or require minor changes to work in the new version.

Over the next several weeks we will be posting news entries with previews of upcoming features. Be sure to follow our Staff Blog or Twitter to stay up to date.

We expect IPS Community Suite 4.2 to be out in mid-2017. Everyone at IPS has worked very hard on this update and they think we will love it!

The Old Man
Ladies and gentlemen, as you may already know, Mark Hayden (our beloved community forum Elder ethsnafu) has been extremely busy along with a fine and generous group of our finest and chocolatey members, to band together with the intention of bringing you a weekend of themed fun to help us celebrate Easter.

Our 'TIWWA Blackcoats' have done this in the form of a virtual weekend of televised Millennium events. Over the next two days, on a number of virtual channels, they aim to bring you plenty of entertainment and hope you will get involved and leave some thoughts for those good folk who have worked hard to make this all possible. To whet your appetite, here is a list of what's on offer so grab those Easter eggs, log into the forum tomorrow and prepare to be entertained!
Saturday April 3rd

easterguptasmall.png SYFY CHANNEL: The Launderama of The Soul - A Selfosophy Inspired Game.

GOOD FOOD CHANNEL: The Importance of Being Chocolate - A look into the deeper aspects of what we are stuffing our faces with this Easter.

RADIO ONE: Millennium: The Family - An online Skype meeting of TIWWA members to discuss 'Owls', 'Roosters' and more besides (this will be made available for download shortly after.)

NICK: Frank Black Cottentail - A hidden Easter Egg somewhere on the forum, see if you can find it folks.

CHALLENGE TV: Millennium Trivial Pursuits Part One - A two season quiz with a copy of Millennium Apocalypse for the winner.

BIOGRAPHY CHANNEL: Exclusive to TIWWA: Interview with Tracy Middendorf - a look behind the scenes of 'Darwin's Eye' with Cass herself.

MTV: Darwin's Eye Music Montage to tie in with Tracy's Interview

Sunday April 4th

ABC: The Millennium Academy Awards - A Celebrity Deathmatch styled after the Oscars.

HISTORY CHANNEL: Easter - An article looking at the deeper, spiritual significance of Easter.

CHALLENGE TV: Millennium Trivial Pursuits Part Two- A two season quiz with a copy of Millennium Apocalypse for the winner.

BIOGRAPHY CHANNEL: Exclusive to TIWWA - Interview with Shae Popovich - A look behind the scenes of Forcing The End with Rachel Levinson herself.

MTV: A Forcing The End Music Montage to tie in with Shae's interview.

SKY PREMIÈRE: Exclusive VS6 Webisode - a brief prologue to the new virtual series.

My sincere gratitude is extended to Mark for his hard work, considerable talent and ever amazing sense of humor, together with that of his kind, talented and generous team of Blackcoats who consist of the following regular contributors and we hope friends within our Millennium community, Earthnut (Darlene), Walkabout (Randee), tyd7u (Josef), and SpooktalkGiGi (Laura) with additional contributions from Baz and Joe.

Mark and myself would also like to thank Big Light for their help in promoting this Easter fun and madness, and all of you who take the time to share the word.

This is who we are!
The Old Man

TIWWA's staff are now testing the new major revision of our board's software on a copy of a current database. We're going to busy over the next few days getting used to the new features, gadgets, bells, levers and whistles.

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Brand new default theme TIWWA will feature an all-new default theme for the front end.

Reputation system Posts can now be rated, earning the author reputation points which can be highlighted with titles and badges.

Personal Conversations Users can now create private topics, accessible only to themselves and anyone else they choose to invite.

Stay tuned for the all-new TIWWA coming soon! If you can't wait, check out some of previous blog postings on the subject.

The Old Man

The autumnal Thanksgiving inspired 'Pumpkin Patch' skin theme from IBSkin.com is back and now available as the default skin at TIWWA.

Pumpkin Patch is a cheerful autumn skin in beautiful warm earth-tone gradients with amazing artistic detail, many custom extras and everything you need to bring in the fall season!

Alternatively, if its not for you, you can select another theme or the standard TIWWA Default Theme from your skin chooser menu at the bottom left of the page!

The Old Man

In addition to many small bug fixes, this next release includes:

  • For Admins - Accounts flagged as spammers are now more visibly different on the member list in AdminCP
  • The Password form helper can now show a "strength" meter, and set a minimum strength required.
  • Added quite a few new embed providers
    • codepen.io
    • coub.com
    • deviantart.com
    • docs.com
    • funnyordie.com
    • gettyimages.com
    • iFixit.com
    • kickstarter.com
    • meetup.com
    • mixcloud.com
    • mix.office.com
    • on.aol.com
    • reddit.com
    • reverbnation.com
    • screencast.com
    • screenr.com
    • slideshare.net
    • smugmug.com
    • ustream.tv
    • Google Maps (requires free Google API key)
  • Admin - Default location for an AdminCP tab honors the admin's ordering
  • Auto-saved content in the editor will now expire after 48 hours
  • If you load an editor that has previous auto-saved content you will now be prompted to keep or remove it
  • Staff - You can now set pre-filled reasons for Warning actions that will automatically populate the member notes editor when a moderator warns a user
  • Staff - Escape key will now cancel quick-edit on titles
  • Staff - Adds a setting to restrict member birthday view to admins only or to completely disable prompting for birthday to member
  • There are now more "save and reload" options in various places to keep your place when editing content or settings
  • Staff - New check all box when viewing activity on a member profile for easier moderation
  • Staff - You can now hide posts that are unapproved rather than just approve or delete
  • Staff - When a moderator changes the status of a report in the ModCP the system now puts a reply in moderator comments noting the change
  • Admin - When you see a "could not write file" error the file it was trying to write now shows in the error logs
  • You can now quickly edit tags when viewing an item without having to edit it if you have permission
  • If you are using multiple devices to login to a site you will be less likely to be logged out
  • Tags can now be quickly edited when viewing an item
  • Administrators can now create custom RSS feeds for various content
  • Staff - Enhancements to IP discovery tools for moderators
  • Staff - Actions for reports in ModCP now show when status is changed as a comment
  • Admin - Redesigned support tool
  • Password strength rating and requirement option
  • Guest terms of service alert
  • Minimum age requirement
  • Admin- Ban Filters are now Word Filters and can set words to automatically moderate
  • Display name history is now available on profile view
  • Leaderboard


Some  of the most interesting changes:

  • Better Analytics Integration
  • Tag Quick Edit
  • Default Warning Notes
  • Custom RSS Feeds
  • Word and Link Filters
  • Leaderboard
  • Moderation Improvements
  • Security and Privacy
  • Embeds and Integration

The next big feature is the new Leaderboard which we really think will enhance our community.


The Leaderboard

The new Leaderboard is designed to better highlight our most active members and content based on reputation and other metrics. The Leaderboard will greatly enhance both member and content discovery on our community.



First you will notice the new feature of member leaders based on a specific time frame. In the example above it is set to All Time showing those members with the most reputation overall in the community. It also shows the content with the most reputation for the same timeframe so you get a snapshot of both popular members and popular content in one view.



The Past Leaders tab (example shown above) shows the "winners" of each day in a history. The system counts all reputation made each day and logs the members who had the top reputation counts that day. Using reputation rather than post count encourages our members to post quality of quantity which is really important to any site.



Those who win the day also get a badge on their profile page (see above example screenshot) to highlight that they were the member with the most reputation for a particular day.



Top Members shows you a list of all members sorted by various metrics. By default you will see members sorted by reputation but you can also easily sort by total post content TIWWA-wide or per-app. All of these views can be linked directly to so if we wanted a menu item to show members who post the most files in Downloads, we can just directly link to that sort view.

There are various settings to control the default behavior of the Leaderboard. We can define the default view and how many members to show which is helpful to tailor it to our needs.

We hope you enjoy this initial launch of the new Leaderboard feature. We are excited about the new content and member discovery abilities this offers and look forward to adding new options to the Leaderboard as it continues to develop!


Embeds and Intergration

Our Community Suite allows for integrations with quite a few third party systems and also can embed content from external sites. We have added a whole new list of embed providers where you can just paste in a link to that site and a nice box will show up embedding the content.

You can do that will many popular sites already and we are adding a lot more:

  • codepen.io
  • coub.com
  • deviantart.com
  • docs.com
  • funnyordie.com
  • gettyimages.com
  • iFixit.com
  • kickstarter.com
  • meetup.com
  • mixcloud.com
  • mix.office.com
  • on.aol.com
  • reddit.com
  • reverbnation.com
  • screencast.com
  • screenr.com
  • slideshare.net
  • smugmug.com
  • ustream.tv
  • Google Maps

Example - you can them just paste in a link to a Google Map location. So when you paste a link to a Google Map in an editor it shows like this:


The maps are also interactive on the screen.

We hope you enjoy all these new additions coming in December.

The Old Man
Following a few months of hard work and some very late nights during which time I've been a bit of a recluse at TIWWA, and as previously mentioned in our staff blog, I'm pleased to announce that the newly overhauled Lance Henriksen Magic is now officially open, and which will make it all the more enjoyable and fun to take an interest in the career of the enigmatic Lance Henriksen.

I'm thrilled to say that Lance Henriksen Magic will now be brought to you with the kind assistance of Mark Hayden (aka ethsnafu) and Libby! Both Mark and Libby you may already know help me successfully run This is who we are.

Mark in particular will be helping me to bring you more news concerning Lance Henriksen and his career on a more frequent basis, whilst Libby will be helping oversee the brand new community forums section of the site. The new site is easier to navigate and use, contains the same classic archive of Lance goodness, but is now a new feature-laden social website where fans can discuss Lance's career, classic roles and his latest projects with like-minded individuals, who appreciate Lance's career and his amazing talent.

[/clear]We look forward to chatting with you on the new site, we hope you enjoy the facilities it has to offer and we look forward to you sharing your favourite Lance video's fan tributes/art/video compilations and clips of Lance's film moments with a potentially much larger audience that we currently have here as TIWWA is solely focussed on Lance's work on Millennium.


Graham, Libby and Mark.
The Old Man

IPS Community Suite 4.0.13

Released 08/31/2015

Key Changes

This release primarily focuses on stability with many bug fixes. In addition to dozens of fixes, important items include:

  • When unflagging a member as a spammer, if any tasks are still queued to delete or hide the member's content the tasks will be cancelled.  This is useful if you flag a user as a spammer and then immediately change your mind and unflag the member.
  • NO_STEP issue during upgrade should now be resolved
  • Lists were not rebuilding correctly coming from 3.4.x
  • Changed rebuild routines to not use internal embeds as it represents a change from the way content looked pre-upgrade
  • There were some infinite redirect issues in some cases when Pages was used, particularly when the gateway file was used
  • Fixed an issue related to core_cache and the task not running


The Old Man

Greetings TIWWA Members!

We've recently made some minor changes and improvements to our Member Groups and Ranks at This Is Who We Are.

Also, all members can now edit their own content with no time limitations. So if you have an older really good post with broken images because the images were stored on say Photobucket, but you deleted the image or album at Photobucket image, or Photobucket shut down etc, you can now edit your post at any time and fix those broken images - very handy for informative topics featuring helpful trivia or important images. All members can opt to hide posts, this makes it invisible to other members except for staff, handy if you are not sure you want to completely delete your post.

We have also provided increased storage space for active members but space on our server is not unlimited, so we suggest members in general use their attachment storage space for quality content attachments, especially those that would say break a good, interesting or important topic if they were one-day broken, and instead link to less important images. You can easily link to images hosted elsewhere instead of uploading and using your attachment storage space here by using the Insert Other Media button at the bottom right of the text editor. 

The updated Member Groups are:

  • Millennium Group Candidates
    This is the member group you first appear in after completing the registration process upon joining TIWWA.
    Once you make 1 post or piece of content, you will be promoted to the Millennium Group Initiates member group.
    Persons in the Candidates group have 15MB of total storage, storage for 10 Personal Message conversations or PMs (but can only send only 2 per day and only to 2 people). They can start 1 Blog and can share content in the Gallery, Downloads, Videos etc.
  • Millennium Group Initiates -
    Persons in this group will have 5 or more posts or content, and after making 50 posts or piece of content, Initiates will be promoted to the Millennium Group Patrons member group.
    They now have 50MB maximum total storage, storage for 100 Personal Message conversations. Initiates can also start 5 different Blogs and can still share content in the Gallery, Downloads, Videos etc.
  • Millennium Group Patrons, TIWWA Blackcoats(Community Volunteers) & TIWWA Honored Members
    Persons in these groups will have 50 or more posts or content.
    They now have 75MB maximum total storage, storage for 500 Personal Message conversations. Patrons can also start 10 different Blogs and can still share content in the Gallery, Downloads, Videos etc.

Member Ranks

Below you can find a list of our recently updated TIWWA Member Ranks, which are just for fun and appear by your name when you post etc. After 1013 posts or pieces of content, you can still override and enter your own custom message or rank if you prefer.



The Old Man

TIWWA Software Upgrade - Key Changes

For anyone interested...

(Much of the following are behind the scenes, technical improvements or areas relating to the administration/configuration of the software. I have highlighted in bold text the points of more relevance to our Members.)

This release fixes reported issues and adds refinement to existing features as well as some security upgrades.

New or Changed Features

  • When your link auto-embeds in a post such as with an image, YouTube video, Twitter link, etc. an option will now display to revert the embed back to a plain text link if you do not want the embed.
  • New setting to disable embedding.
  • Facebook/Twitter integration improvements
  • If you are an administrator and encounter a system error, additional debug output will now display. Regular members will see the normal error message.
  • If an advertisement is set up with a main image, but not smaller images for tablets/mobiles, the ad would not show at all on tablets/mobiles. This has changed so the main image will display on all devices unless smaller images are provided.
  • Topics scheduled to automatically lock or unlock will now reflect this in the topic listing and when viewing the topic.
  • Placing a link to a Facebook status will embed when possible.
  • When viewing a report, the container (for example, the forum) the content is from is displayed.
  • Three character searches are now allowed in the Admin CP Live Search.
  • The Account Settings page now uses vertical rather than horizontal tabs to prevent overflow.
  • If Gravatar is enabled, and a user has not defined an profile photo, then their email address will be used to fetch from Gravatar unless explicitly set not to.
  • Gfycat embeds now use their oEmbed endpoint rather than their JS API.
  • Using Amazon CloudFront as https provider will now be recognized as valid secure connection.
  • The member REST API endpoint will now return custom fields.
  • The Developer Center for Plugins now shows the filename in the list of hooks, and when editing a hook, a breadcrumb includes a link back to the list.
  • Inline notifications can now be dismissed
  • Efficiency improvements to the search index
  • You can now close a poll independently of the topic


Important Fixes

In addition to dozens of smaller fixes this release includes fixes for the follow items that impacted many clients:

  • Several security enhancements.
  • The posting parser has been made more efficient.
  • Some BBCode does not parse correctly in version 4 and we have applied some fixes for this. In general BBCode is deprecated so we only provide basic support.
  • Sitemaps could sometimes be blank if there was no content in a specific section.
  • Certain URLs from version 3 were not redirecting properly to the new version 4 format.
  • The timezone detection is now more robust and will more gracefully fail if it cannot determine a visitor's timezone.
  • Permission matrices have been reworked to send less data to prevent exceeding server limitations.
  • Decimal handling has been reworked in Commerce for more precise calculations.
  • The database class now handles InnoDB deadlocks more gracefully, and some queries have been changed to reduce the likeliness of deadlocks.
  • Performance improvements to areas which perform large updates on the members table (for example, when editing permissions).
  • Pages 'number' custom fields previously had an upper limit for submitted values around 2 billion.
  • Multiple fixes for tag searching


Activity Stream Improvements

The activity stream has a new toggle and filter bar that replaces the "Edit Form" link. It is now faster and easier to customize existing streams and to change the filtering options without having to create new streams.


Example of "un-embed" option



Facebook/Twitter integration improvements

  • If signed in with Facebook or Twitter, when posting a status update, a checkbox to share on these services appears instead of the old setting to export statuses in the account settings panel. This change ensures IPS4 conforms with Facebook's Terms & Conditions and will pass Facebook's App Review.
  • When setting up Facebook integration, a new setting allows disabling status imports so you do not need to go through Facebook's App Review if you only want to allow users to sign in with Facebook and not integrate with status updates.
  • When setting up Facebook or Twitter integration, the setting to allow automatic sharing is shown in addition to in the sharing settings so it is easier to enable this feature.
  • Facebook integration has been updated to use their latest API endpoints.




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