Welcome to Timog

Timog BBS is a message board for Filipinos in Japan, a little corner of the Web where we can get together outside the gated walls of social media.

Post a message, ask a question, talk about anything under the sun.

Sign up

Please sign up with an email address and a username, and activate your account. Customize your user profile as you like.

For post formatting, please read the New User Guide.

When you are logged in, you may post under a randomly generated anonymous username by using Anonymous Mode.

Sections

Timog BBS is made up of several sections.

  • Forum - Message board for random discussions. Post questions, photos, rants, news, and almost anything else in this section.

  • Wiki - Content that that can be edited and updated repeatedly by any user goes here.

  • Blog - Longish content, not especially meant to be discussed. If you’re interested in writing essay-type pieces, please post here.

  • Kanji - The Japanese-Filipino Kanji Dictionary, basically a wiki where any user can post and edit entries.

  • Archives - Archived threads of the former Timog Forum website.

Permissions

In the table below, [Yes] means Anonymous Mode is possible; [No] means not possible.

Section First Post Replies
BBS Editable for all time by poster.
Anonymous Mode [Yes]
Editable within 24 hrs by poster.
Anonymous Mode [Yes]
Wiki Editable for all time by all.
Anonymous Mode [Yes]
Editable within 24 hrs by poster.
Anonymous Mode [Yes]
Blog Editable for all time by poster.
Anonymous Mode [No]
Editable within 24 hrs by poster.
Anonymous Mode [Yes]
Kanji Editable for all time by all.
Anonymous Mode [Yes]
Editable within 24 hrs by poster.
Anonymous Mode [Yes]
Archives Posting and editing not permitted. Replies not permitted.

Files

The following files may be uploaded (all file information are deleted from image files):

  • Image files (10MB max) jpg, jpeg, png, gif, webp, heic, heif
  • Video files (100MB max) mov, mp4, webm
  • Music files (100MB max) mp3
  • Other files (100MB max) pdf, pptx, xlsx, doc

To embed Youtube or Vimeo videos: paste link on one line.

To embed an article excerpt (one-boxing): paste link on one line.

History

Timog BBS started out as a vBulletin forum website in 2004 (called Timog Forum), hosted at Timog.com.

It reached its peak at around 2011, becoming “the most preferred online community of Filipinos in Japan as based on the number of members the forum possesses” according to this Asian Social Science study (168kb PDF file).


Timog Forum circa September, 2004 (screenshot from Archive.org).

After the Triple Disaster of 2011 which devastated many areas of northeastern Japan, the stress and drain on resources of maintaining such a large community became too much, and the website finally shut down in early 2012.

Timog 2.0 started in 2020, first as a collection of blog posts, wikis and kanji entries in a static website that I was doing at the time, and then finally morphing into its present state, powered by Discourse.

License

Timog BBS content is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC-BY-SA 3.0). You may copy and post our content (such as text, images and videos) in your own website as long as you credit us by linking to the original content at Timog.net.

A simple attribution with license like this will do (the word Timog.net should link to the original content):

This content was originally posted at Timog.net (CC BY-SA 3.0).