As we approach the end of 2007, we can all be proud of the achievements the forum has made this year - in the last month or so in particular. Through a massive community effort and great endeavor by all of our regular members, we smashed our target of 80,000 posts several weeks ago. Everyone came together again for our new target of 10,000 posts for the year, a goal we just reached only moments ago.
In the end of year posts in the past, I’ve had a tendency to talk about how we overcame various hardships. I mean, surely everyone would need to a third hand to count on their fingers the number of times I’ve talked about the flags modification incident or the time when my cheque didn’t arrive at the webhosting company...
For a change, I thought I would explain the creation of this forum, which occurred on January 11, 2004. I was, like many of the old hands around CricketMX, part of the WinMX Community Clan (WCC) which grew from WinMXCommunity.com forum. I joined that forum in its middle ages, which was around October 2003. I am almost certain that it was October 8th, but can never be quite sure.
I was so impressed with the WinMXCommunity.com forum that I wanted to create my own forum Nowadays, you hear the constant catchphrase “you can’t create a forum without a purpose”. Just as Jerry Seinfeld created a show about nothing, I managed to do just that. Technically, the purpose was to support a small text script which you could plug data into, but it very quickly became apparent that our “purpose” was to provide a fantastic community based around a very relaxed and friendly OT Forum. Still to this day, the OT Forum is our water cooler, where we all “hang out and relax”.
We are very lucky to have a lot of the old crew from the WCC still around here, although it is a shame that we haven’t seen the likes of Freezmizer, Boozy or jctoad for quite some time, as they are several examples of people who really played a vital part in the early success of the website.
A massive applause must go to all of our current regular members - moongirl, nesman, Layzie Bone, Grinch, Beezer, hockeyjock686, Red XIII, tunebud, p2p-sharing-rules, garmabeaneth, pokesthelippyfish, LavaGale, StorbinC, Leon, vinhkhoi, Rat, krb107, the docs mum, kikkotm, prototech, dogmeat... I sure as hell hope I didn’t miss anyone - who have consistently contributed to the forum over such a long period of time. Even members who have joined recently over the last few months - kikkotm and prototech - have had a positive impact on the forum.
This forum started out on free webhosting. Now, when you get free webhosting you get what you pay for. I was lucky enough to have a very good free webhost though, in a person named Jon Stacey or jmstacey2000 on forums. Unfortunately, he never registered here, but he was a very nice person who always took the time to help me via email during the early stages of the forum. Unfortunately, he always had a lot of downtime, which caused me to move on to paid webhosting (and purchase the domain CricketMX.com), but if it wasn’t for his help in the beginning, we wouldn’t be where we are today.
This post wouldn’t be complete without a bit more information about what to expect in the future. The new site has a very nice homepage which will include various category links (P2P File Sharing, Computers, Web Design, etc...). The links will have some very good content on there which I think all forum members will enjoy reading. We will also have a brand new “articles” section, which will include comments on the aforementioned topics. Again, I think the new articles section will appeal to all members as we will cover some very interesting topics. It will also be an ongoing effort
In a few days time, it’s Christmas, so I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas as well as the best wishes if you have plans for the New Year. The forums 4th anniversary comes up on January 11, 2008, so hopefully we can all get on the forum at some point throughout the day, or even better at the same time, and join in the celebrations.
CricketMX.com.. home of bat's, rat's and other farmyard animals... My articles: view all articles by battye"OK, life [as you chose to define it] repeats until there are no more lessons to be learned." - nrnoble (June 12, 2005)
"the new forum looks awesome, it's getting bigger & better" - p2p-sharing-rules (11 Jan, 2008)
"Looks like CMX is not only getting bigger...but, also getting better!!" - moongirl (14 Dec, 2007)