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What is Elephant Talk?

Elephant Talk, also affectionately known as ET, was originally a digest-format newsletter distributed by electronic mail, and available on the WWW. It was started in August 1991 by its editor and moderator, Toby Howard. The Elephant Talk Web site got its own domain name in December 1997, and is maintained by Daniel Kirkdorffer. The newsletter allowed readers and contributors to swap information, write reviews, answer queries, collaborate on discographies, transcribe music, or just chat about frippery in general. The Web site serves as an archive of content from the newsletter, as well as additional content sent in by enthusiasts. Robert Fripp read the Elephant Talk newsletter, and occasionally contributed. The newsletter was discontinued after 1251 issues, and over 15 years of chit-chat, but the complete archives can be found at the searchable archives.

What is ETWiki?

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Following the end of the newsletter, and the recognition that other sites on the Web provide terrific forums for chit chat it was determined that it made sense to convert the old ET Web site into a wiki site. After all, the content had been contributed over time by our readers, and this way, the archives could grow more organically.

So ETWiki is exactly what you'd expect it to be: the number one site for information about King Crimson and Robert Fripp. The difference now is everyone can contribute directly. All you need to do is establish an account and login to be able to edit unprotected content.

We'll still have folks around to maintain a little order, but if you are familiar with Wikipedia and other similar wiki sites, you will hopefully feel comfortable here.

Donations Always Welcome

Although both ETWiki is a completely free resource, and will always remain so, it inevitably has running costs, such as hosting and domain name fees. If you'd care to make a donation, however small, towards the upkeep of ETWiki, we'd be very grateful.

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All you need to do is follow this PayPal link, and log in with your PayPal account or, if you don't have one, create one. All proceeds will be managed by Toby Howard. Thank you!

Another way you can help out is by occasionally visiting the links in the Google Ads we're running in the sidebar. We hope these are unobtrusive to the eye, but they might actually help pay for this site if we get a decent click through rate.

ETWiki News

September 26, 2013

King Crimson Mark VIII Announced

Robert Fripp has announced in his diary that a new incarnation of King Crimson is forming with Gavin Harrison, Bill Rieflin, Pat Mastelotto, Tony Levin, Mel Collins, Jakko Jakszyk and Fripp. More details can be had on the DGM News pages.

Daniel K (talk) 02:53, 27 September 2013 (EDT)

May 2, 2013

Renewed Hosting

Nothing to report other than we've renewed hosting this site for another 3 years, fully paid for by Google Ad dollars (thanks for clicking on them) so it isn't going away any time soon.

And here's a nice treat for you sent to us by guitarist Wesley Buirkle of his band "Starless" with John Wetton on vocals performing the classic Crim track:

Daniel K (talk) 23:19, 2 May 2013 (EDT)

October 20, 2012

MediaWiki Software Upgraded

ETWiki has been upgraded from MediaWiki 1.14 to MediaWiki 1.19.2. I have reapplied all customizations and upgraded extensions accordingly. Everything should work as it did previously, but if you find any issues please let me know about them.

Daniel K (talk) 03:59, 21 October 2012 (EDT)

April 23, 2012

Hosting Fees

It is that time of year again, when we have to pay the bills for hosting this site. We try to offset that cost with the revenue we get from people clicking through on the ads we display in the sidebar. Ads alone don't cover the entire cost of hosting the site, but they do pay for much of it. So if you've clicked on an ad in the past, thank you. Please consider doing so in the future, so we can continue to host the site.

Spambots Thwarted

And a quick update on the spambots problem: it appears spambots don't know much about King Crimson or Robert Fripp. So far we have been successful in blocking the spambots, while true enthusiasts have been able to easily answer our trivia questions to set up an account.

Daniel K 05:58, 24 April 2012 (UTC)


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