Over the past 6mo of 2019, we saw an incredible growth in the size of our database, far outpacing anything in our 20y history. While we might initially say "YAY! We are growing and really active!!!" this is not entirely true. It is partly true, and we'll bump the stats thread with that bit. But this is not site traffic, this is the SIZE of our database. We've identified that is tied to the ability to upload attachments in some parts of the site. As such, we are switching off the ability to upload attachments. If you need to share a picture, please get it hosted somewhere and use the image linking that is available. We're sorry for the inconvenience, but this is necessary to keep the database manageable. Thank you.
It has now been 19 years since Bluelight first went “black,” in remembrance of one of our members. Ryan Haight, who many knew as “Quicksilver,” was an exceptional young man and a friend to many here at Bluelight. He was not the first loss this community suffered, and sadly, he has not been the last. It’s for this reason that we take this day each year as a solemn opportunity to remember all whom we’ve lost and reflect on our mission of harm reduction.
Over these past 19 years we’ve watched the world transform in the wake of the opioid epidemic. Few families can now say they have not been impacted in one way or another. As a result, society and medicine have increasingly rejected outdated stereotypes and misperceptions around drugs, drug use, addiction and overdose. As a community we feel our mission is as critical and timely as ever.
Whether you’re a longtime member or new to our community, Bluelight invites you to be part of this important ongoing dialog. We do not...
Bluelight continues to add new features to the site in an effort to make the site a richer community experience for all of you. As such we are introducing a new feature that you are used to on many other social sites - the LIKE. Or, more broadly, we are launching reactions to posts as shown below. To give a reactions, simply click on the "Like" in the bottom right of a post, and to remove or change it you can tap on it again.
What does it mean?
In this image, area 1 shows you a post awaiting some reaction (like) and a post with a 'Like' reaction. Area 2 shows you, once you click on a user, their profile now includes their cumulative reaction score. Area 3 does not give you the reaction score, you would have to look at the profile info in 2.
If you wish to remove a reaction you gave to a post, simply tap on it a second time and it is removed if you are using your phone. For desktop, if you hover over the reaction, it will popup with all available...
One feature many users came to love over the years was a BLOG, or personal journal, whereby they could keep a diary of sorts for their friends to know what they are up to and provide feedback more personally than in a public forum thread. We have imported all the old BLOG entries from the old site and gotten them working in our new Xenforo system. There is now a link to BLOGS on the top navbar for quick access, and the BLOGS are open for new personal postings and replies! The same BLUA rules govern BLOGS and we do have dedicated staff to moderate that section of the board (Hi Mel22! ? ). We encourage all members to go check it out!
This is an article from Vice discussing the prominent role Bluelight has played among the online harm reduction community over the last 20 years. The article details a little bit of the site's history, and includes some awesome contributions from our valuable members. Please read it and share it with anyone you think might be interested in it
Firstly, a big thank-you to the author, Sam Nichols, for an interesting and well-written piece; secondly to the members who contributed valuable time and insight- and last, but not least, a HUGE THANKYOU to all of our members past and present who are the lifeblood of this place- without you all, Bluelight would never have thrived for as long as it has. In the face of pretty overwhelming 'competition', 20 years is pretty astounding- let's hope for thousands more!
How ‘Bluelight’ Became a Life-Saving Encyclopedia of Drug Info
The internet's largest forum for drug discussion started life in the 90s as a message board...
As some of you may have noticed, Bluelight is currently falling apart.
I sense a chorus of agreement so we felt that rather than continuing to use outdated forum software, it is high time to upgrade. This plan has been some time in the making, and it pleases us to be able to announce that the time is NOW Well, the time is Tuesday 02/04/2019. On that date, Bluelight will be offline for 24-48hrs. During this time, we will be migrating our entire database over to a new home using new forum software provided by Xenforo.
If everything runs smoothly, we anticipate being back again and open for business no later 04/03/2019.
You will of course notice some significant stylistic and functional changes at our new home but you will still find your old friends and forums there.
Are YOU Willing To Take Part In Some Exciting New Research About Bluelight?
Researchers from Lehigh University are looking for participants from this site who are prepared to talk about their experience of using Bluelight.org.
They're interested in the ways in which the technological design of our site affects your goals and behaviours, including your attitudes towards privacy here, and the ways you manage your personal information.
If you're interested and would like to read more or to take part, please CLICK HERE