Clock Crew Sites
These websites, with little exception, revolve around a webforum/bulletin board system (BBS), and often include other features such as a chat, an arcade, and an .fla library to name a few, with a great deal of variation in each new instance.
Clockcrew.cc hosted the ClockCrew claycam. It was run by PineappleClock, Olskoo, RaspberryClock, OrangeClock, GrapesClock and KnottsberryClock. It was the 3rd Clock Crew site to date. It was often being at the very top of the Newgrounds Fan-Net. Later versions came with entertainment features, which included:
- A casino
- An arcade
- A currency system (Clock Credits) to use for those two features, plus other various BBS accessories
- A clock crew newspaper
- An awards system (later on in its second version)
In addition, there were still many more features that were never completed. After some time, Clockcrew.cc was revamped, and the currency system eliminated. However, an awards system was put in place, which eventually led to problems due to awards being given out capriciously. Clockcrew.cc finally shut down in August 2003 as a result of PintClock getting drunk and deleting the MYSQL database containing all of the BBS information.
The administrators of the site then created a series of puzzles to be solved each leading to another puzzle. While the chat room buzzed and Clocks wondered about the future of the website, eventually the puzzles stopped. The administrators had grown tired of the work and drama it took to maintain the site, and they gave it up. According to OrangeClock, "...the Clock Crew was deviating from what we originally wanted, a flash group, to a website that was all BBS and little more."
This site was started by FrogbagClock, BobSagetClock and SchoolClock. It wasn’t up for very long, as members slowly disappeared. It featured a Developer's Corner, and a forum. According to SchoolClock, “That was about it. But it rocked!”
Originally a back-up site for .cc, when .cc was going through upgrade. After .cc’s downfall, it soon rose to a major clock site.
Clockcrew.net (v1) was owned by BiologicalClock and SchoolClock. Staff included MagicClock, MonkeyClock, FurberryClock, BlackBerryClock, BlueberryClock, LeekClock and KnightClock. Clockcrew.net was originally founded in 2003. All Clockcrew.net only consisted of a FLA library, and a BBS.
June 18, 2004 BiologicalClock, annoyed by Wtfnoob(See below) and people spamming his forums, left and clockcrew.net closed.
Clockgrounds was started by AtomicClock in late September, 2003, and ended in May of 2004.
The original staff members were HexagonClock as moderator, and MarijuanaClock as super moderator. Later on, positions would be given to PS2Clock, MagicClock, DodgerClock, BitterClock, PurpleClock), OracleClock and ScotchClock.
Hexagon moved up to super moderator, and Marijuana became an administrator. Soon enough, MagicClock and Core would both be administrators as well. Just over 850 users joined Clockgrounds.
After numerous attacks by Wtfnoob on Clockgrounds, Atomic closed the boards.
In October 2003, KoalaClock created his own website, "SMcClure34 Productions", and with this came a forum people could post in. However, the audience were primarily members of the Clock Crew, so he customized the style and added some plug-ins, and it soon became Clockcrew.co.uk (CCUK).
Through the months, several host difficulties, site design updates and customized plug-ins developed, Clockcrew.co.uk became the home for many clocks after the closure of Clockcrew.cc.
Clockcrew.co.uk closed in April 2005, after Koala decided after much thinking that he no longer had the time or money to maintain the site. Clockcrew.net had recently launched, as a new Clock Crew home developed by MagicClock to directly compete with Clockcrew.co.uk. As features were superior, Koala felt that the new cc.net would lead the clocks in a better direction than he was pointing them.
Operated by OnionClock and FrogbagClock, Wtfnoob was an exclusive group originally within and eventually outiside the Clock Crew. Members such as Shasta, Grog, Smurfberry, SpriteRemixClock, Arctic, CadillacClock, Macintosh, Quartermelon, Cranberry, and many more. Discussion of the Clock Crew on Wtfnoob quickly became a bannable offense, and members abandoned their clock names in favor of new aliases.
Members were known to regularly harass various Clock Crew and affiliated web sites. Many of these sites would be forced to shut down or temporarily go off line, further disfavoring Wtfnoob's reputation towards the Clock Crew and its affiliates.
Members of the Clock Crew would only further Wtfnoob's actions by threatening OnionClock with legal actions against “internet terrorism,” a term commonly used for Wtfnoob's actions, followed by the release of various anti-Wtfnoob flashes and declaring a “war against Wtfnoob” in the Clock Crew forums.
Eventually, MagicClock would join Wtfnoob and spam various Clock Crew websites. MagicClock eventually came back to the Clock Crew and was reinstated; upon his return, he would also be given super moderator status. This came to be an advantage to Wtfnoob; MagicClock used his privileges to unban members such as Grog, Onion, and Frogbag, and the harassment would continue. This contributed to the decline and closing of Clockgrounds.
Wtfnoob closed and reopened several times. It was started in November of 2003. A member of the Clock Crew by the name of Cast, was an admin. Cast kept deleting the database and causing Onion to have to remake the site. He redid the site 6 times, before finally banning Cast. Wtfnoob finally got up and going around January of 2004. Smurfberry designed the forums and the main page. There were a few different coders for wtfnoob, including Quartermelon, MagicClock, and Cranberry.
Wtfnoob finally closed, but a few months later, would open up as “revolutionline.com” the site never lasted, and Onion eventually had it removed. Members of Wtfnoob could be found at Buy Happiness, a site created shortly after the close of Revolution Online, but none of the reboots ever achieved the same level of popularity as Wtfnoob.
Clockse.cx and Clockland.cc
Version 1 (2003)
Versions 2 and 3 (2004)
MagicClock got sick of Clockgrounds, and created the site "zerohour" in January 2004. Soon enough, Magic talked to MilleniumClock about making it clockse.cx (since it shut down months before).
The site was decidedly more strict in its policies than other sites at the time, and because MagicClock was a member of Wtfnoob, Clockse.cx was never spammed or attacked. Clockse.cx lasted under the leadership of Millenium and Magic for a total of two months before the site was closed due to server issues. Nearly 300 people joined Clockse.cx.
After a few months of lurking the Clock Crew, MagicClock decided to create another Clock Crew website in June 2004. Magic quickly contacted Millenium and he agreed to host, this time utilizing LeekClock's help.
This site did not last either. Millenium went out of the country, and after he left there were some problems with his billing information. There were issues with his credit card number which he could not resolve, and the site went down for about 20 days. Millenium finally got everything sorted out and things were back online, but only for another month. The domain name also changed from Clockse.cx to Clockland.cc. This had also become a problem, because the database wasn’t wanting to recognize users and there were errors everywhere. They settled enough of the errors for people to join and post. Nearly 400 people joined Clockland.
This site opened back in 2003, but was never maintained by KnottsberryClock. In February 2005, he added a bunch of lost ClockCrew movies and made a few pages. The site was decidedly simple, one of the few sites not to include a forum.
MagicClock began to talk with LeekClock, Cranberry and Pineapple to help out with the site. They agreed and helped out. Cranberry later left to work on his own site. Several members who have not been active since the closing of Clockcrew.cc returned, including GrapesClock, OrangeClock, KnottsberryClock, RadishClock, PineappleClock, CranberryClock, Biggskoo, BoysenberryClock, Mini3DDoritosClock, vic viper, super0sonic, RootBeerFloat, and many others.
The site had features such as an .fla library and a broken and oft-abused clock credit system that allowed people to donate infinite amounts of credits (regardless of how many they had) to anyone (including themselves), credits which were used to buy colored usernames and access to other features.
After a period of a few months, the site once again grew unstable. PineappleClock went into hiatus, although still partially active, and the site's funding sources came into question as development stopped. In mid 2005, Clockcrew.net suddenly went down due to financial complications.
Revolutionary Comrades Crew (2005)
KlopClock initially founded the Revolutionary Comrades Crew (RCC) site (RCC) in early 2005 as a communism-themed clock site, meant as an alternative to MagicClock's stricter policies. He compiled a staff including CrustClock, RastaClock, CorpseGrinderClock, and DuskClock.
The site started out as a rudimentary Invisionfree BBS, but eventually Dusk paid for and became webmaster of a new and improved phpBB-based website, which became the new home of the RCC. Later to join the staff would be EnglishClock, SilvercherryClock, RevolutionaryClock, and UnknownClock.
When Magic's .net went down, the site became the de-facto Clock Crew site for the short period until BitClock rebooted Clockcrew.net, when members migrated back.
As main CC sites emerged, the RCC had little reason to continue existing; though it remained a vibrant and active community even in 2006. In 2007 DuskClock received a death threat which forced him to shut down the site for good.
BitClock's Clockcrew.net (2005)
Shortly after joining, BitClock purchased and became webmaster of Clockcrew.net. Soon thereafter, PineappleClock and others started actively developing the clockcrew site. The admin team consisted of LeekClock, BitClock, PineappleClock, TreeClock and others.
The site had a great deal of traffic and many features, such as an .fla library, radio, clockopedia, an extensive tutorials section, and a feature called Clockspace, designed to network people's art and flash contributions and connect it to their profiles.
However, the site came to turmoil and went down several times. BitClock came into conflict with the rest of the userbase, and in a particularly eventful incident disconnected the DNS service for the site.
ClockCrewRadio.com featured the short lived but popular radio system based on Winamp’s shoutcast plugin. It was engineered by BitClock but was popular with a wide audience. Bit shut this site down as well.
Originally StrangeClock’s personal site, he generously made the site available for the use of the Clock Crew as a back up site when CC.net went down. It was a basic phpBB site, crude and nearly featureless, and featured extremely lax disciplinary policies.
However, the novelty wore off, and most members were glad to return to Clockcrew.net. The site was administrated by StrangeClock, KoalaClock, SchoolClock, AlbinoClock, CorpsegrinderClock, and the rest of the previous admin team of Clockcrew.net (with the obvious exception of Bit) The site was closed when Clockcrew.net went back up in March.
March came, and Clockcrew.net was restored, though with severe losses in the Art Showcase, Clockopedia, and Clockspace. RenegadeClock managed to get a hold of the domain name, and Clockcrew.net was moved to Strange’s server. The site continued with notable stability. The admin team consisted of SageClock, Pineapple, Renegade, Tree, Leek, and QuarterMelon.
During the second half of 2006, Leek and other staff members of Clockcrew.net decided to bring back the iconic domain of Clockcrew.cc, with as many workable features as possible. As Pineapple came out of a long hiatus to work on the basis for the site, and Leek started designing two skins, Tom Fulp of Newgrounds offered the Clockcrew, without anybody asking, permanent, free hosting for the new site. The offer was accepted and the work started. Over the later months of 2006, the admin team, with the help of strangeclock, made and moved the site to the newgrounds server.
There was already speculation among clocks that Clockcrew.cc was coming back, and when it was finally posted on Clockcrew.net that the site would be operational within a week and a databse backup had been made, the clocks were free to post as they liked, and Clockcrew.net turned into a raucous spamfest.
At this time the site was just a BBS with a new dashboard and two new skins. Over the next month pineapple clock coded and implanted the clockfriend system, the new library (which was able to hold more than just fla’s), the competition system, the clockopedia, and added the music and TIEM magazine pages.
In time, Pineapple and Leek hoped to implement many other features including the portalgrapher, the clockspace system, a front page, and possible the cc money system, but expansion stalled over time.
In 2008, InternetCult was formed as an alternative to Clockcrew.cc. The name was decided upon when ThorClock donated an extra domain he had to the group forming the website, consisting of AlbinoClock, ClamClock, DWARFINATORClock, CadillacClock, Sarezjay and several others.
For a time, it was reduced to simply an IRC chat, and later it was taken down when FloppydiscClock gained control of the domain and redirected the website to a flash movie of him farting. InternetCult later hosted .cc's chat until its closing.
Over four years after Clockcrew.cc (2006) was launched, many changes were made to the staff until eventually the administrative team consisted of CadillacClock, DWARFINATORclock, PineappleClock, SageClock and GoldenClock lead by ClamClock.
The team completed the upgrade of the VBulletin forums to VB4 and hence a new Clockcrew.cc was born on 27th of August 2010. Still generously hosted by Tom Fulp, that new version of Clockcrew.cc contained a BBS, the Clockopedia, the re-purposing of 'TIEM' as a news page and, at the very end of it's lifespan, the re-instigation of the awards system. There was tell of many other features to come.
Clocktopia was founded as an alternative to Clam's Clockcrew.cc. Clocktopia was created and hosted by Clockradio, AlbinoClock and YoYoClock. The site experimented with an anarchic approach in the spirit of its namesake. To this end, every member was given an administrative position.
In November 2011, the forum was shut down due to a licensing problem with vBulletin. Clockradio redirected the forum URL to a page explaining the website had to be taken down, and a custom built chat box.
At it's peak, the site featured an arcade, a rudimentary wiki, a chat, and a .fla library.
The site went offline June 26th, 2012, when it's hosting expired.
August 3rd, 2011, a group consisting of Pineapple, Flounderman, Cadillac, Clockradio, Zombie Lincoln, SoBe, Discoball, Renegade, Absinthe, and Screwdriver expelled the prior administration from power. Pineapple took up the role as the sole administrator, with the majority of others becoming super-mods.
With this change in leadership also came a number of new forum skins, crafted primarily by Clockradio and Pineapple, along with a revision of the Clock Crew charter. Clock Crew radio saw a revival, and the .fla library was re-instituted by mid-August.
The revision of the charter lead to a democratic system for electing the administration. The voting process takes place on September 11th (so we'll never forget), and the nominations can be made for 2 weeks prior. The first election brought Pineapple Clock the position of 'Super-Admin', or 'Admin for life', while all other positions are to be re-decided annually.