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Half a decade of WebmasterWorld

Five years in a class of its own

     
11:41 pm on Sep 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I was reading another excellent post by Brett yesterday, and my eye wandered to the "joined" date next to his message: Sept 21, 1999. As I assume that Brett is the first member of the forum, can we make a guess and say that we're just a few days away from WebmasterWorld's fifth birthday?

Even if I'm completely wrong (and I'm sure some of the "old-timers" here will be able to correct a WebmasterWorld newbie like me), it seems a good time anyway to say congratulations to the administrators, the moderators, and especially Brett for making WebmasterWorld the greatest professional webmaster forum by a long margin.

This place is truly in a class of its own.

1:41 am on Sept 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>> Five years in a class of its own

Very True ... just realised today mark my 3rd year end in WebmasterWorld ,WOW!

2:06 am on Sept 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

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5 years? Take it times 4!

My first BBS was started mid sept 1984.

2:14 am on Sept 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Brett, was that 1984 BBS the direct progenitor of WebmasterWorld? Idle curiosity....

In any case, seems as if I've been a lurker here, and a member, and at last a subscriber for about those 5 years. It's a truly outstanding place!

Congratulations, Brett, Hawkgirl, and all the mods current and past. You are who make WebmasterWorld the top of the line, quality place it is today.

3:04 pm on Sept 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Sure Brett, but what about this particular BBS? I can see the domain WebmasterWorld.com was registered on December 11 1999, so I'm interested: what does the date on your profile relate to?

Whatever the exact details, I just feel that this is something worth celebrating! (And hey, 20 years is even more of a reason to celebrate!)

12:40 am on Sept 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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> direct progenitor of WebmasterWorld?

Yes, there is a continuity from then until now.

- 84-88 single line commodore based bbs's.
- 88-89 2 line commercial bbs.
- 90-91 single line bbs again.
- 92-96 sysop of 64 line support bbs for major computer manufacturer.
- 96 first "web bbs" went up on old isp site.
- 97 first bbs went up on searchengineworld.com
- late 98 lost domain after registrar failed to auto renew domain.
- 99 started registered webmasterworld.
- 99 got searchengineworld back and started with this software base.
- 2000 moved the rebuilt forums (called WebmasterWorld, over to this domain).

3:46 pm on Sept 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Congratulations Brett! (From Spectrum Z80 fan :))
2:25 pm on Sept 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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while we are at it, look at the staggering growth of WebmasterWorld
http://traffic.alexa.com/graph?w=1000&h=620&r=3y&u=webmasterworld.com
7:43 pm on Sept 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'd say 20 years as they relate to Personal Computing in any form (isn't the Internet one of them?) represent several life times!

Congrats to Brett, the current and past admins & mods and all others who have contributed to WebmasterWorld.

My first BBS was started mid sept 1984.

A bit off topic, but can't resist this:
Ho boy! Were'nt those the days - PCs running Intel 8088 @ 4.77 MHz over DOS, 256 KB of RAM and whooping 360KB Floppy Drives!

7:49 pm on Sept 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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> My first BBS was started mid sept 1984

WOW , was a small boy in an dusty south indian town and i think i saw television for the first time that year :)

8:25 pm on Sept 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Wow in 84 I was ..........

Hey, just Congrats.

9:49 pm on Sept 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Ho boy! Were'nt those the days - PCs running Intel 8088 @ 4.77 MHz over DOS, 256 KB of RAM and whooping 360KB Floppy Drives!

Yup - that was pretty much my first box in March 1984.... 20 years - yeah, it's a lifetime in tech for sure!

10:13 pm on Sept 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I for one am glad Webmaster World is around. Don't know where I would be without you. ;)
11:49 pm on Sept 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Great Site, probaly THE most influential to us.
12:50 am on Sept 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It has been a tremendous help to us. Congrats and Thank you.
11:36 am on Sept 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Great going Brett. Congrats and best wishes.
1:38 pm on Sept 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Wonderful job Brett you make the internet a better place :)

I'm coming up on year 3 here, and I must say that I love this place :P

I too ran dialup BBSes, and I'm very curious if you could recount for us the BBS software you used? (Wildcat, PCBoard, WWIV, QBBS... Celerity? :)

Cheers

1:51 pm on Sept 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>> Wildcat, PCBoard, WWIV, QBBS... Celerity

he-he... remember all of them, but what about one that Brett is preparing to launch (Best BBS)?

Brett, how much longer?

3:32 pm on Sept 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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> Ho boy! Were'nt those the days -
> PCs running Intel 8088 @ 4.77 MHz over DOS,
> 256 KB of RAM and whooping 360KB Floppy Drives!

Hardly!

64k CBM 64 at 1mhz with 170k floppy drive that took 4-5minutes to load a single 32k file. That was an upgrade from the dual cassette we had the previous year.

Funny thing though, those 64 based bbs's could usually blow the doors off the PC based bbs's.

I'll never forget the elation at getting that software based 300 baud modem to crank up to a staggering 450 bps.

4:30 pm on Sept 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I just want to say "thank you" for the site. I have learnt a lot. I just wish that search was giving better results... is it just me, or is it regular that most of threads are ommitted? I search for a term/phrase that is in thread X, but it does not show up.
12:19 pm on Sept 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Just to add my congratulations to Brett and all the mods, and thanks for sharing.
12:29 pm on Sept 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Likewise.

Cheers guys

2:05 pm on Sept 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Smayler- Brett launching another board? Best BBS? Heh whats going on here? heh
3:43 pm on Sept 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Congrats Brett!

Sid

6:14 pm on Sept 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Way to go Brett, this site has certainly grown very well! Ah.. BBS's brings back the memories of the old days, MajorBBS, Fidonet, etc. Sigh..
3:24 am on Sept 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Who'd a thunk one could make a living by giving a bunch of propellor heads, spammers and spin doctors a place to talk shop?
11:34 am on Sept 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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not to mention geeks and nerds ...least we don't have to drive home ...and the beer and wine is good at my table
 

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