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WebmasterWorld saves me time and money
the addiction is fine by me

 11:28 am on Feb 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

OK, for a long time I felt guilty about my WebmasterWorld addiction. Too much time being put in, short changing the rest of my life. That's what I thought. But today I've been appreciating how much this community has saved me and given to me.

  • Time and money that I would have wasted without the many "heads up" posts that members share.
  • Problems solved that I couldn't easily research anywhere else.
  • Kicks in the pants to learn more about the technologies that fuel my livelihood.
  • Business advice, no, make that business wisdom freely shared - the kind that can be hard to find (especially for free!)
  • Comic relief that had me rolling, but that no one else in my life would ever get

I know the quality of my work is up so many notches since I came here, and it's time to say a big Thanks! to everyone.



 12:52 pm on Feb 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Couldn't agree more.

I wouldn't have much of a business without this place. It would have taken years to accumulate the knowledge freely exchanged here, and then it would have been out of date!

I've got a few of your posts flagged Tedster, so take a bow yourself.


 12:56 pm on Feb 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

One of the things I value most is that there's just so many websites one guy can have his hands on - and when one thing appears to work, it's even risky to get too adventurous.

By hanging around here, it's like having the experience of thousands and thousands of web projects.


 2:02 pm on Feb 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

> But today I've been appreciating how much this community has saved me and given to me.

>By hanging around here, it's like having the experience of thousands and thousands of web projects.

Well said, tedster!

I was hired just over a year ago to do SEO and I didn't have a clue. There was no one to teach me anything, my boss just told me to learn it.

Thankfully, a few months in, I found WmW. I don't think I would have this job today if I hadn't found this place.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed here. The knowledge, professionalism, and courtesy shown here is unbelievable and greatly appreciated.


 2:18 pm on Feb 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Tedster you are absolute right.

Iam very impressed how this works when i got here i dont know nothing what you people are talking about, so much words you never heard of.

crosslinking, noframe, ppc, seo,pr, cloaking, subdomains.

For that cloaking word i dont understand that yet but maybe some day when i have read Airs post for the 50 time i get it.

I was scared to death to post a question here are they going to think iam stupid maybe but i tried and when you get a answer to you question that is so professional you think wow that was not to scary and with a lot of reading and reading you get the peices together and that so greate.

Thanks all of you and specielly the mods and Brett.



 3:00 pm on Feb 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

I have to add my gratitude to all the people who have helped me directly or indirectly. I am a technician and have worked in the IT industry for about 12 years but webmasterworld has given me knowledge in an area that has changed my line of work.

I stumbled on webmasterworld by accident and now when I get up in the morning (I move around europe with my trusty notebook) the first thing I do is look for any "heads up", now I have got to the point where I can help people on matters that I didn't know anything about just 8 months ago.

A very big thanks going out to Brett and all the mods and members that make webmasterworld probably the best tool I have ever used.


A very grateful Dazz


 3:21 pm on Feb 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

  • Time and money that I would have wasted without the many "heads up" posts that members share.
  • Problems solved that I couldn't easily research anywhere else.
  • Kicks in the pants to learn more about the technologies that fuel my livelihood.

Man, those three pretty much say it for me. Where else can I go to get info dispatched straight from the front lines on anything from using symlinks to css to the latest Bid Engine news?


 3:21 pm on Feb 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Addiction is the word. The problem for me is that I have a link from my homepage so Brett knows exactly how often I come into this place!

Apart from wisdom though, the benefit for me is not feeling too much like a freako. To the real world I suppose this is pretty much a 'minority interest'. Coming in here so often I almost feal normal!


 3:29 pm on Feb 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

>link from my homepage

Shoot, this is my browser homepage. Brett knows every time I am on the internet!


 3:32 pm on Feb 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Travoli - mine too! why start anywhere else?


 10:48 pm on Feb 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

working smarter, not harder is my mantra. I try to devote a healthy percentage of time to education, something I think most companies totally undervalue. Efficiency and effectiveness come from applied knowledge in the right direction.


 2:03 pm on Feb 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

My start page also. Some days Brett must wonder why he gets so many 5 second hits ;). Clear cache, relaunch browser, view test page, edit test page, close browser, clear cache, relaunch browesr, view test page. Repeat and rinse ;).

Seriously though everyone at this board has given me knowledge via reading your posts. I am 200% the better for the time spent.



 10:02 am on Mar 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

Thanks everyone. Since the beginning we have focused on keeping the quality up, the self promotion down, and open access for new users and old pro's alike. I know that approach has lead to some unique guidelines for the site and requests of the members. Thank you for not only respecting, but making them own.

Last weekend, I met a gentleman who said he flew all the way from Europe to meet me. I said, it was nice of you to come over and meet everyone. I sat and talked with him for about 15 minutes until I was requested elsewhere. Later on at the hotel I berated myself for not going back and talking with him some more. I got an email from him yesterday that he said he had one of the best times he could remember in ages. I could share a dozen more stories in the same vein from the weekend.

The internet is rather loose with the word community. It has been cheapened. It is not until you see one in action, where people fly in from all around the world to be together, that it is made tangible. After last weekend, I feel a greater part of it and my commitment to it has never been stronger. That's not the sound of foolish pride or that of an inflating ego, but rather that of overwhelming amazement and honor having the chance to be part of it.

We are building something special here - what a start. Thank you for being part of it.

If there is anything I can do, let me know.


 9:39 pm on Mar 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

Wow, your ( Brett ) entire post was very profound. And the part of that gentleman even more. You must be proud of what you´ve started and continued to develop, helped by all those mods, and regular members like me. I know the Internet pretty well, and I don´t know any other site like this! I´m always telling everyone that I don´t have time to nothing, that I´m almost 10 hours a day ( my eyes are getting really bad ) on my laptop ( at home, university, and girlfriend´s home ), organizing my sites and other projects, but I always spend some time on Webmaster World. This is becoming an addiction. Thank you for remembering about us ( European Users ), and even small countries like mine ( Portugal ). This is one of the reasons because this Community is so good... It´s meant for everyone !
Most of the information I read here are news ( Like Google´s PPC, where I´ve given my contribute, or information about countries, where I too gave my contribute ). For when some more legal “tricks” so that we could rank higher than spammers ( or at least equal to )? It´s obvious that who knows some, cannot give all of them, so that he can rank higher than we, but just a few ( I would use them for Portuguese keywords that you , so I wouldn´t even compete with any of you ).

Thank you very much ( to all of you )

Nuno Oliveira

brotherhood of LAN

 12:43 am on Mar 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

The likes of webmasterworld continue to promote the reasons that the very fabric of the net were made upon, the free and open flow of information!

Not only this, the information at this site is priceless. Anyone can make a site nowadays, and its only because of the likes of wwworld that we can distinguish between a site and a better site


 6:09 am on Mar 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

Having become recently addicted to this site myself, this forum sums up exactly how I feel about this place. It's an amazing place!

Imagine how much this knowledge would cost if it were offered through a University. (which are actually not nearly as up-to-date I might add :) )



 6:11 am on Mar 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld University - I can see it now.... Welcome class, Midterms, finals, graduation..


 12:44 pm on Mar 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

Except we never graduate and instead due to the addiction and the ever-changing nature of the industry – we keep signing up for the next class.

brotherhood of LAN

 2:37 pm on Mar 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

Well, when I started school offline they had a hollybush they threw newbies into

Maybe we need some sort of initiation here, like newbies getting allowed in if they recite each hex code and its respective colour :)


 5:18 am on Mar 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

What I find fascinating about WebmasterWorld is not only the wealth of knowledge and experience, but the dynamics.

The whole transcends a mere forum, we are far closer to an extended development team than anything else. Just look at the many threads where a problem or difficulty was presented and how the "team" kicked into gear.

Quite often passions were expressed emphatically as differing points of view were presented. But as a development team, the resolution of the problem was always the primary concern.

The team dynamics here are nothing less than amazing! I personally want to thank each and everyone who contributes to this eclectic mix of topics, problem solving and community. I appreciate it more than words can expess.

Good show, all!


 1:45 pm on Mar 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

>far closer to an extended development team than anything else

Yes, exactly. I think that really evolved from the mindset of Brett's old board which was very much a "whiteboard" bent of collaborative problem-solving; spider ID's, SEO, scripts, whatever.

As for the "save me time and money" part, all I know is that I have a web publication that is whipping the hell out of some big-dog competitors and the checks are coming in like clockwork. Its next stategic move, one that I'm absolutely convinced is required for continued growth, was all developed here. Have I made a good investment? Absolutely! None of my competitors have a 3000-man support team staffed by some of the BEST names in the business.

(edited by: rcjordan at 1:15 pm (utc) on April 3, 2002)


 2:20 pm on Mar 31, 2002 (gmt 0)

Brett and all

Just a voice from the (almost) silent majority to express my deeply felt thanks for all the generous input and the generous tone to expert and novice alike.

It feels like beeing back on CompuServe in the good old days.



 8:34 am on Apr 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

Compuserve!? Compuserve he says! Well...I never. lol

<-- Proud ex Delphi member ;-)

Thanks for the thoughts everyone.

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