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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

January 2, 2016

We're Still Here!

Although there have been no recent ETWiki News updates lately, we're still here and anyone can still contribute to this wiki with updates and improvements. Toby Howard tells me that donations continue to flow in, and that, along with our Google Ad dollars, enables us to keep paying for the site. In fact we're able to cover costs through the end of this decade due to your continued support, so thank you!

But please make this your site by contributing new content and keeping things fresh. No need to look to me for that. I'll make sure to keep spammers and bots away, but I encourage anyone who wishes to enhance the site.

On behalf of Toby Howard and Mike Dickson, I wish everyone all the best for 2016. May we be graced with more King Crimson goodies in 2016 and beyond.

Daniel K (talk) 22:58, 2 January 2016 (EST)

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