Foxhunters OnLine email (aka FOL) is an email discussion forum that was created in early 1996 to allow foxhunting enthusiasts around the world to converse via email about topics related to mounted foxhunting. It started with a few dozen subscribers, as email and internet access was still somewhat of a novelty at that time. As more foxhunters ventured into the online world, FOL became more popular, eventually reaching over 600 subscribers. At times, discussion became so active that it was pumping dozens of email messages per day into subscribers' inboxes.
For over 20 years, FOL has connected foxhunters around the world. But, as the internet evolves, other avenues of communication are opening that provide a more suitable format for discussion than email. Web forums and Facebook groups provide a more interactive experience without the email overload.
As foxhunters eagerly adopt the new technology (a popular foxhunting Facebook group has over 7000 members), the message traffic on FOL has dwindled. By the end of 2015, it has diminished to no more than a few messages per month, usually just ads for horses or hunt gear for sale. At this time, FOL is still technically functional; it is still possible to subscribe using the instructions here, and subscribers will still receive messages if anybody sends them. But the lack of interest means that it is dead for all practical purposes, and is likely to be cut off in the near future. This should not be considered a sad occurrence; it's only dying because those who once enjoyed it have found alternatives that are even better. That is good news.
If you're not aware of other foxhunting related internet forums, check out the Foxhunters on Facebook group or the Hunting Forum provided by The Chronicle of the Horse.
If the FOL email service is cut off in the future, the archives mentioned below will probably remain online for some extended period of time. These archives allow you to browse and search all the messages posted on FOL during its 20+ year life, a good source of information and amusement.
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