TOSed off News Posted by Ian Symes on 23rd June 2022, 20:59 GOOD NEWS! TOS is back online! BAD NEWS! After 20 years, the weekly updates are being fucked off. Folks, today is a day for both sadness and joy. But mostly sadness. After nearly four months of worry, speculation and endless, endless memes, TOS miraculously returned from its extended hiatus on Wednesday this week. This was done on the quiet, with no social media fanfare or new updates, but we were keeping our fingers crossed that this would be rectified at the regular time of Friday morning at 11:30am. The news has come a little earlier than that, and I’m afraid it’s not good. While we’re relieved and reassured that the vast archive is staying online, with additional promises that the currently missing features (particularly Geek Chase) will be restored in due course, we’re mightily sad to learn that after two decades of weekly updates, the regular Friday articles will be no more. We’re promised that the site will be updated again on an ad hoc basis if and when there’s big news to break, but the come-rain-or-shine announcements, titbits, round-ups and features are a thing of the past. To say it’s the end of an era would be an understatement. It was on the 20th November 2000 that Andrew Ellard posted the first of his news updates and features, following which only Christmas and New Year would stop the weekly schedule until the downtime announcement on 25th February 2022. Andrew presided over the site for over a decade, before handing the reins to our own Seb Patrick. And aside from the huge historical value of these thousands of site updates, one personal reason for us being so grateful for the archive staying online is that Seb’s work being available helps to keep his memory alive. Our sympathies tonight go out to Curtis Threadgold, who did a marvellous job as TOS’s custodian in the most difficult of circumstances, not only having to step into the breach following the death of a friend, but presiding over the most turbulent and difficult time for Red Dwarf in the site’s history. A huge shout-out too to Andy Neale, the loyal web monkey for all these years, and presumably the one who had to sort out the monumental headache of migrating and converting the site to its new archival status. Looking at the positives, we really are very happy that this huge archive is back online, and thankful that GNP realise its worth and importance. But this is a sad day overall, and a further indication that the nails in Red Dwarf‘s coffin are already bloody there. Of course it was impossible to maintain the status quo when the company funding the website are embroiled in what can now only be described as a protracted legal battle. One thing’s for sure, we’re not going to be holding our breath for TOS to spring back into life with big and exciting news. Au revoir, mes amis. A bienTOS.