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History of the forum

Postby bmouthboyo » 04 Sep 2018, 12:14

just wondered if anyone knew the history of this great resource. I read that sadly one of the founding members passed away so got me curious.

When was the site started? Who by?

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Re: History of the forum

Postby itchyfeet » 04 Sep 2018, 18:28

press the members button up there on the right^^^

then press 'joined' column once or twice and it will put members in order
you will see the first was Sept 27th 2005 on this version of forum

I think there was a different bulletin board before this but before my time.

hit the posts column once or twice and you will see who has been most active too.

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Re: History of the forum

Postby shepster » 04 Sep 2018, 19:09

Baxter, of Brickyard fame , and Steve Shaw started it way back in the early 2000's I would guess, maybe earlier.

Older, original members still active include Mocki, Ian Hulley, Rob, T'onion and Tracey(Mrsmercdoctor) but to name a few.

I've only been around since '04 so still a relative newcomer!
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History of the forum

Postby Mocki » 04 Sep 2018, 20:09

As has been said Steve Shaw and Simon Baxter started the club back in ‘99 after "meeting" on the old JK message board , Unimpressed by the lack of accurate information about T25s they started this place . Steve set up the web site on his servers ( he was running "Netsure" in those days ) and invented a message board ( forums didn’t really existed back then)
It looked like this
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You can see select snapshots of the web site using https://web.archive.org

We moved from the first message board in 2003 to the ezboard system , in 2004 Steve Shaw stepped down as admin and myself and Andy took over the admin and webpage and in October 2005 we built this forum ( Clive &Jenny and Jake (syncroand101)and Stephen( Lonegunman)built this forum ) which is hosted by Club80-90 and managed by Clive ( Harrymann) and Jenny (Jennytyger)
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Re: History of the forum

Postby bmouthboyo » 04 Sep 2018, 20:16

Awesome to know a little about the forums humble beginnings, thanks :)
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Re: History of the forum

Postby mrhutch » 04 Sep 2018, 20:48

blimey, just checked, I joined on Fri Jun 09, 2006 9:27 am

Where did that go?
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Re: History of the forum

Postby silverbullet » 04 Sep 2018, 22:00

How time flies when you should be doing something more...er...

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Re: History of the forum

Postby Jim San » 05 Sep 2018, 08:46

Amazing how many people join and never post - especially in the more recent years around 2015.
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Re: History of the forum

Postby moggymorgan » 05 Sep 2018, 10:18

Met Steve Shaw in 2009 and he told me about this forum that he started with Simon Baxter.been a member ever since. Seems to be down to a few core members now though, best club I have found regards info and friendly banter. :ok
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Re: History of the forum

Postby bmouthboyo » 05 Sep 2018, 10:38

I agree, my only worry is the erosion facebook must be having on the forum?

It says below the most ever online was the 31st August 2017 but I am surprised that is true.

Has the forum seen a decline or increase in posts and visits over the years or has the speed of facebook kind of taken a lot of people away?
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Re: History of the forum

Postby zenecho » 05 Sep 2018, 11:00

I started to help run a simlar structured phpBB forum (Music, Djing and Festivalling) about 10 years ago. I endered up as admin. It was very popular in its hayday about 2013 ish... it declined very quicky with users leaving to Join Facebook. Sadly it became a victum like many other forums to the success of facebook. The Forums that are left seem to be the ones that have a VERY specific raison d’être. ie T25's. Music, Djing and Festivalling was just too wide and was covered by other services. I am about to move, and hopefuly have just ordered a faster Broadband/fibre Internet connection that means that I could host an old version of the site on my own server, It would probably be like a private club (damn spammers), by invite ONLY, or you have to already know a member I imagine it would be very tiny maybe 50 -100 active users?
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Re: History of the forum

Postby diabolov » 05 Sep 2018, 11:03

I wouldn't worry about the erosion on this forum.....have you read the "pooh" advice on facecloth!? :shock:

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Re: History of the forum

Postby bigbadbob76 » 05 Sep 2018, 12:10

The facebook page has it's place but here you get definitive information and you can read and search past topics easily.
Another forum I was on died due to facebook being more convenient for what was posted on it but this forum is different and I don't see it dying any time soon.
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Re: History of the forum

Postby bmouthboyo » 05 Sep 2018, 12:33

I agree that this place is where you seem to receive much more informed responses to questions. I must admit however the immediate responses to questions you get on facebook has its place but only in certain groups and if you know who to listen to. I recently did a GTI conversion and the facebook group for that is thriving and well informed, the main T25 page however I only use if it is a quick lazy question.

What I love about forums is how that I can really take time to add detail to posts with images, well laid out and comprehensive.

I do think people should point folk to this forum more on Facebook.
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Re: History of the forum

Postby tforturton » 05 Sep 2018, 15:52

bmouthboyo wrote:I agree that this place is where you seem to receive much more informed responses to questions. I must admit however the immediate responses to questions you get on facebook has its place but only in certain groups and if you know who to listen to. I recently did a GTI conversion and the facebook group for that is thriving and well informed, the main T25 page however I only use if it is a quick lazy question.

What I love about forums is how that I can really take time to add detail to posts with images, well laid out and comprehensive.

I do think people should point folk to this forum more on Facebook.

I regularly direct people here from Facebook, but I do wonder how many of them actually take the time to look.
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