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    13 years

    Hard to believe I joined this forum 13 years ago... Well 13 years ago on August 19th that is....
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    Re: 13 years

    Where did you find the exact date?
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    Re: 13 years

    You can look under your Profile on the about tab

    Your join date is Feb 24th, 2005
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    May 15th, 2002... that was a very auspicious day... I remember like it was yesterday... problem is I can't even remember what I did yesterday...

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    Re: 13 years

    Quote Originally Posted by techgnome View Post
    May 15th, 2002... that was a very auspicious day... I remember like it was yesterday... problem is I can't even remember what I did yesterday...

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    Re: 13 years

    April 13, 2001 here. It was also a Friday!!
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    Re: 13 years

    Me: Feb 8th, 2002 - 17 years 7 months 5 days - also on a Friday

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    Re: 13 years

    October 2001 for me.

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    August 6th, 2002. Until then the place was a howling wasteland...with a hairy lurker waiting to pounce like a hungry wallaby.
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    Re: 13 years

    well this is Fun to say... I am the youngest one, June 7th 2017....
    heading for the age of 60 though
    to hunt a species to extinction is not logical !
    since 2010 the number of Tigers are rising again in 2016 - 3900 were counted. with Baby Callas it's 3901, my wife and I had 2-3 months the privilege of raising a Baby Tiger.

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    Re: 13 years

    My Usual reply to posts like this-> "Great - Now Get a Life."

    I have a couple of 1999 join dates.... And remember when it was a big deal to break a 1,000 Posts..

    BUT, after all these years, it still makes my little heart go pitter patter when I see total strangers helping one another out

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    Quick!! Keep helping people or steve's heart will stop beating!!!
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    Re: 13 years

    For me today is exactly 13 years Sep 15th, 2006



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    Re: 13 years

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisE View Post
    well this is Fun to say... I am the youngest one, June 7th 2017....
    heading for the age of 60 though
    You might be the shortest timer here, but you're way more active than me.

    I joined Jul 6th, 2013, with fewer posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaggy Hiker View Post
    Quick!! Keep helping people or steve's heart will stop beating!!!
    Giving me a coronary or a reason to beat you with a ban stick isn't advisable

    ..............Just Kidding.........

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    14 years today. Been doing my best to keep Steve alive. Giving bad advise still counts as helping, RIGHT????

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    June 4th 2002

    August 6th, 2002. Until then the place was a howling wasteland
    Clearly my first 2 months was just me and tumbleweed
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    My sig shows 2005 but I'm actually fairly sure I joined in 2002 or 3. I think my account got reset in a forum crash.

    I remember because I finished my degree in 01 and got my first "proper" programming job about a year later. I lurked for a bit and then signed up to tell people how much better .Net was than 6... as was the fashion at the time.
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    Re: 13 years

    Sep 23rd, 2002 for me...That coincides with me moving off the IBM mainframe to the Windows platform at a new job (after taking a "Learn VB in Ten Days" course). Seems like a lifetime ago...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TysonLPrice View Post
    Sep 23rd, 2002 for me...That coincides with me moving off the IBM mainframe to the Windows platform at a new job (after taking a "Learn VB in Ten Days" course). Seems like a lifetime ago...
    It was...just not yours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FunkyDexter View Post
    My sig shows 2005 but I'm actually fairly sure I joined in 2002 or 3. I think my account got reset in a forum crash.

    I remember because I finished my degree in 01 and got my first "proper" programming job about a year later. I lurked for a bit and then signed up to tell people how much better .Net was than 6... as was the fashion at the time.
    Amazingly 17 yrs later the 6/.Net argument is alive and well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wes4dbt View Post
    Amazingly 17 yrs later the 6/.Net argument is alive and well.
    Yep, it has aged like a fine whine.
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    the 6/.Net argument is alive and well
    Alive, yes. Well... not so much.
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    Oct 4th, 2006.
    I was working on the Ministry of Labor(good times good times. Was also playing in a band in the spare time cuz the public sector is tolerate to time delays. Meaning getting there at 10 and leaving a 3(!) ) and I was starting to use visual studio 2002 or 2003 .
    I think I was making an epic windows explorer like service control application with green red yellow blue lights for service star stop starting stopping pause etc.
    Getting the service root -- tree etc. I was struggling to make the services interact with the desktop and start services on remote machines so I joined to asked some question.
    OK. I've read my initial post. I though I would be talking stupid but the post is actually well formed
    I just went over there and gave rep to the member that helped me. Lol, it only took 13 years to do so but, well, he got the rep!

    Edit JMC jumped in on my 3rd thread. He was really nice and polite back then
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    Slow as hell.

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    He was really nice and polite back then
    I refuse to believe that :/
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    Me too. I has trying to catfish him
    Slow as hell.

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    JM and I have butted heads once or twice but I think he knows I've got a huge amount of respect for him. He does a huge amount of work on the forum (probably more than any other member, I think) and, while he could be friendlier, he's never abusive or trolling. He's just very blunt and very curt. We've definitely had members who were outright rude before and we banned them. We've never (that I'm aware of) banned JM because he's never deserved it.

    If you're ever on the receiving end of one of JM's tongue lashings you can tell yourself that it's maybe a little harsh, but you should also reflect on the fact that his underlying criticism is probably right.
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    Make him and admin, see how the world will collapse!
    I think it's something like what happens when you start on a new job and you meet some "peculiar" people that you don't want to have anything to do with them at first.
    But as the time goes by you get used to and maybe find out that this is just their character and you get closer by the years.
    Also that backs up my next argument that working on a multi person environment, like a big corporation may teach you some "job manners" . That is visible to almost every person here that has a job experience, involving groups of people.
    This may apply on the forum but in not the exact way as we rarely have the chance to meet in person and see what the person behind the computer really is like.
    I mean Funky have met me and after that he rarely gives back answers here, frequently avoids me and is clicking the ban - unban button on and off as I can see my rep bar goes green-red-green-red-green constantly

    Anyhow this is just a forum not real life so I don't really get offender or something by anyone(except maybe the Skopje guy that thinks he is Macedonian but he doesn't speak Greek.Offended by the stupidity). In real person to person talks that may differ, for good or for worse, as I've stated above.
    Slow as hell.

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    and is clicking the ban
    I've never banned you! It's an option though

    I mean Funky have met me and after that he rarely gives back answers here
    To be honest, I pretty much never give answers on the forum any more. I became a contractor 5 or 6 years ago and have specialised more and more in databases and no longer really touch anything else. My .Net knowledge is now so rusty that I really have very little to offer in the main forums. I still get to chime in in the database section though.
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    I have met a few vbf members as well as cg members when going to MS for their mvp summits. Always good times and great getting to meet some long time members and mod staff.
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    I probably met some VBF members at a dev conference in Orlando, but then got distracted and didn't confirm that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaggy Hiker View Post
    but then got distracted and didn't confirm that.
    By dev Sexy Girls?
    Slow as hell.

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    There have been a few.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FunkyDexter View Post
    I've never banned you! It's an option though
    what was the worst thing said or done by somebody that was then banned ?
    to hunt a species to extinction is not logical !
    since 2010 the number of Tigers are rising again in 2016 - 3900 were counted. with Baby Callas it's 3901, my wife and I had 2-3 months the privilege of raising a Baby Tiger.

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    The Snake Game.

    Somebody may dig up that thread. The AUP was less strict about language back then, and the censors were less effective, so I think some of the asterisks were actual words when the thread was created. Basically, a guy asked for help with his 'game'. If you ran his code, it was a bit of a Trojan horse, as it downloaded and installed on your system a tool that allowed the OP to make some modest cash. A few replies in, somebody saw what it was doing...and a whole lot of asterisks followed, especially from one of the mods at the time.

    I went digging, and here's the thread. It's probably the most interesting thread ever posted on here:

    http://www.vbforums.com/showthread.p...ight=snakeyboy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaggy Hiker View Post
    The Snake Game.

    Somebody may dig up that thread. The AUP was less strict about language back then, and the censors were less effective, so I think some of the asterisks were actual words when the thread was created. Basically, a guy asked for help with his 'game'. If you ran his code, it was a bit of a Trojan horse, as it downloaded and installed on your system a tool that allowed the OP to make some modest cash. A few replies in, somebody saw what it was doing...and a whole lot of asterisks followed, especially from one of the mods at the time.

    I went digging, and here's the thread. It's probably the most interesting thread ever posted on here:

    http://www.vbforums.com/showthread.p...ight=snakeyboy
    WOW !!
    I've only read the first Page from that Thread, I bet He/She is banned for Life
    to hunt a species to extinction is not logical !
    since 2010 the number of Tigers are rising again in 2016 - 3900 were counted. with Baby Callas it's 3901, my wife and I had 2-3 months the privilege of raising a Baby Tiger.

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    Yeah... that was an interesting time. It's one of the main reasons we don't allow compiled bits on here any more. It's also the reason some us long timers have trust isues when it comes to others when it feels like they are being less than forthcomeing with their intentions and information.


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    Yeah the snake game was probably the High (Low?) point where banning was concerned.

    I remember just after I became a mod someone posted some pornographic gifs in the middle of a post. I was able to clear up the post text but hadn't worked out how to remove gifs and images yet so it had to stay up until my American colleagues woke up in the morning. About 8 hours.

    Also, adverts for Viagra. Lots and lots of adverts for Viagra.
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    Oh gawd... I remember those threads.... man... those were some serious NSFW russian roulette moments where you didn't know what you were going to get and if you were on a monitored network.... you best hope you were on good terms with the guy doing the monitoring/filtering.


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    Quote Originally Posted by FunkyDexter View Post

    Also, adverts for Viagra. Lots and lots of adverts for Viagra.
    Those never stayed up for four hours, though, so it wasn't a problem.
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