The Bronze Posting Board
|Forum · Message Board|
|Name:||The Bronze Posting Board|
|Date(s):||1996 (?) - 2001|
|Type:||message board/chat room|
|Fandom:||Buffy the Vampire Slayer|
|URL:||January 1999 archived version (from the WayBack Machine)|
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The Bronze was tremendously popular. In addition to fans, many of the people involved in the production of the show posted regularly, including actors, directors, writers, musicians, and show creator Joss Whedon.
Shout-outs and in-jokes for Bronze regulars appear in the background of some scenes of the show.
When Buffy changed networks in 2001 (from The WB to UPN), The Bronze was shut down, to the dismay of its regulars.
A Fan's 2006 Comments
People involved with the Buffy fandom should remember the Bronze. It started in 1998 (I think) on the official WB website. It was a really simple, linear message board and resembled a guestbook more than the message boards we think of today. It was all flat and new messages appeared above the old ones. There were no forums, no threads. VIPs that included Joss Whedon, Ty King, David Fury, Seth Green, and Amber Benson would stop by to chat with us. I will admit that we had our rough times, but they were generally taken care of and the nature of the board was such that if you just ignored the person causing the problem, their posts would cycle out and they would get bored with it and move on. ("Don't feed the Bezoars!")The Bronze was relocated after the show moved to UPN, but the Bronze Beta is still active after all these years and there are still VIPs that stop by to say hi. I really believe that the ability to self-regulate and keep the scary, creepy type of fannishness to a minimum let the VIPs feel comfortable enough to come and interact with us. We'd even had posting board parties that were meant more for the Bronzers to meet up than anything else, but eventually the VIPs decided to show up as well to meet the people they'd been talking with. 
- The Bronze VIP Posting Board Archive.
- Tuszynski, Stephanie. 2011. "Excerpt from 'IRL (In Real Life): The Bronze Documentary Project.'" Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 6.
- Fandom and Messageboards (or, How the Internet Has Warped Social Behavior)