When you help someone up a hill, you get that much closer to the top yourself. -Anonymous

The Transition to the Linguistics Society, January-March 2005

A story, written by Novel Concept:

"Once upon a time there lived a little Hundred Hour Board. Werf was a good Board, and did all werf was supposed to, and werf's editors and writers loved werf very much. Werf looked especially dashing in black and white, though occasionally werf would be clothed in a few colors, just to spice life up a bit. Werf even ate all werf's veggies at dinner, and didn't ask for seconds on dessert.

As the Hundred Hour Board grew, werf learned many new things. Werf learned about campus, dating, candy, music, free ipods, computers, cabbages, kings, and why the sea is boiling hot. Werf even had hearty discussions over things like whether pigs have wings, and what the best kind of salsa was. Werf liked to help people, and told lots of werf's friends about all of his new knowledge and trivia. Some of werf's friends mocked him, some didn't like everything werf had to say, but usually they told werf so, and, if werf was wrong, werf usually admitted it and apologized.

The Hundred Hour Board grew up some, and, as many young Boards do, werf started to expand werf's vocabulary and conversation topics in some new ways. Not all of them were good, but not all of them were bad either, werf was just growing up.

One day, one of Hundred Hour Board's friends decided that they didn't like werf any longer, because of the things that Hundred Hour Board said sometimes. Werf got into trouble, and was told that many of the things that werf was doing were no good. The Hundred Hour Board got confused, because werf thought that werf had been doing good things, and couldn't see what was so wrong with the things werf had said. The Hundred Hour Board even took a vacation to think about things, and to try and figure werfself out.

When Hundred Hour Board came back, werf was especially cautious in what werf told his friends, and in what werf discussed. Werf wasn't quite sure what was, and wasn't, appropriate yet. The Hundred Hour Board even took all of werf's diaries and stashed them away for a little while, just so that werf could figure out what werf was comfortable sharing with others again.

The End."

In January 2005, the Board was temporarily shut down due to a censorship issues. It reopened a month later, but not without criticism. The Board eventually moved to the BYU Linguistics Society, housed in the department of Linguistics & English Language, on March 28, 2005.

We're grateful that BYUSA gave us a home for so long. And we were happy that they tried to help us improve; we feel that some of the changes have helped us a lot. However, there were some questions that BYUSA didn't permit us to address that we felt were important. Moreover, there were other questions that didn't seem to us to be in violation of good taste or the standards we had agreed upon with BYUSA but that we were nevertheless not allowed to post. We didn't understand why they couldn't be posted. This was frustrating to us, as we want to provide our readers with the best answers we can. This was also frustrating to BYUSA because, as we didn't understand why they chose to mark as unpostable the things that they did, we couldn't as easily monitor the things posting and keep them to the standard BYUSA wanted. They were busy with other obligations, as well, and didn't feel that they had time to explain to us what this standard was any more than they already had. Therefore we sought a home where we could better meet our readers' needs. We are sorry to have ended our longstanding relationship with BYUSA, and they said they were sorry to see us go. But both parties feel that the Board will better be able to fulfill the ends of its creation in its new home.

We at the Board are appreciative of the Linguistics Society for welcoming us to be a part of their organization.

For the sake of our history, we have kept many letters of concern and support that the Board received from our readers. With their permission, we have posted them, as well as other information concerning our three-month transition, on the Board's blog site: http://100hourboard.blogspot.com/.