Thanks. I pop in from time to time and I've been monitoring the move to Discourse. I also talk to Sarah (@HAWK) fairly regularly and keep in touch with various SitePointers. There are so many nostalgic moments that I have from my time here. I was a volunteer staff member for 11 years, 4 months, 4 weeks and 1 day. When I joined, these forums had 40,000 posts, 6,000 threads and 2,500 members. When I became a member of staff, it had 175,000 posts, 25,000 threads and 7,000 members. REALLY! I can never hope to remember all of the great moments.
First and foremost, I met some of my closest friends here, people I'll know for the rest of my life, like Brandon Eley (@beley), Chrispian Burks (@Crowe), Stephan Segraves (@Hartmann), Brad Williams (@Thing) and Ted Sindzinski (@Ted_S). I am tremendously grateful for that and always will be.
And that's just the list I talk to regularly. I keep in touch with so many people I met here.
Here are some other random things that come to mind:
- This is the first article I wrote for SitePoint. It stands up remarkably well for being 12 years old. But at the time, a really influential member of the community went after me pretty hard. Specifically about having hyphens in your name (who came out on the right side of history on that one, heh).
@Jeremy_W defended me, just as directly as the other person had criticized me. To the 17 year old me, that meant a lot and Jeremy will always be my friend.
I served under 5 different admins. Wayne Luke (@Hierophant), Nicky Danino (@Nicky), Thomas Rutter (@mmj), Sarah Large (@Sarah) and Shayne Tilley (@ShayneTilley). All had good traits.
When Brad started the thread pitching the idea of a SitePoint Podcast. It was his idea, his thought and his push that got it going. Stephan and I just jumped along for the ride. We recorded the pilot ourselves. Kevin Yank (@Kevin_Yank) jumped on for the first episode and it was an amazing run. Louis Simoneau (@Louis_Simoneau) and Kevin Dees would join us later and be great. I valued the opportunity to get to know Brad, Stephan, Kevin, Louis and Kevin on a deeper level. We had a lot of fun. I really look back fondly on the live shows that we did, in person.
Carl Longnecker (@longneck) and Karn Broad (@WebKarnage) did a great job as editors, as well. Winning the .net Magazine Award was special.
All in all, a lot of work went into building a popular podcast and it was a wonderful experience.
There are so many forum threads that it is hard to come up with any particular ones. Which is kind of disappointing. But, like life, the days blur.
SitePoint members have gone on to to do so many great things. Start great companies, work at great companies, become respected leaders in their industry, write books, etc. It's amazing. That is, to me, a good part of the legacy of the SitePoint Forums. What all of us went on to do. If you just listed every staff member ever and what they've accomplished - it's staggering.
I've met a lot of SitePointers in person, both employees and community members.
Those who know me know of my work in the online community space and I've been fortunate to have an impact there. SitePoint was really influential to me, especially how Wayne laid the groundwork. I learned a lot here about community.
That's what I have for now. It's hard to do it justice. SitePoint has impacted my life is a very positive way.
Long live SitePoint.