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Old 08-30-2006, 07:20 AM   #1
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Smile Why do you register at forums?

I thought it would make an interesting discussion as to what motivated you to join your first ever forum? How did you feel when you first joined? And how many do you now belong to

For myself, it was searching for answers on the mailbits international demise and how to get the money that was owed to me. I found geekvillage
As I had never seen a forum prior to my search, I found it confusing, wondering how all those people could post on a website After giving it a bit of thought, I read the guidelines and figured out that if I wanted to post, I would have to register. So I spent a few days getting my head around all the rules and felt safe that I wouldn't go too far wrong.

After settling in finally and getting to know the natives, I discovered two Aussies were members of yet another forum. So I popped over there for a bit of a look and joined after a little while so I could participate in the Ad revenue section. Then came another which I can't remember offhand (Steve's buddy Jim's forum) and so it goes on

I am probably a member of 15ish forums now, but only active in five, semi-active in two and rarely visit the remainder
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Old 08-30-2006, 08:38 AM   #2
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Well GV was actually me first forum

I was searching for various things about advertising and every site I found recommended here so I registered. I found here to be very friendly and informative and so have stayed for the last ahlf decade

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Old 08-30-2006, 09:07 AM   #3
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Then came another which I can't remember offhand (Steve's buddy Jim's forum) and so it goes on
That was JimWorld.
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Old 08-30-2006, 09:08 AM   #4
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Default Geekvillage was my first one

thinking about it Geekvillage was my first ever forum. I joined in to share and get some answers.
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Old 08-30-2006, 01:53 PM   #5
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My first was my own video game boards back in 1997, but it wasn't until 2001 that I discovered webmaster message boards...Geekvillage being my first one. When I joined, I was shocked that a webmaster board even existed!! I had never even thought to look for one. Jack (All the oldies will remember him.) gave me a URL through AIM...then a second URL a little later and I finally registered.

I visit around 10 webmaster boards. I just wish I had discovered webmaster boards back in 1996...if there were any!!!
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Old 08-30-2006, 11:37 PM   #6
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Joining forums is a huge interest by learning from others, and their expertise of what they have learned and resources they use to gain the web. Staying at one forum is great, but using so many at the sametime is a huge success.
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Old 08-31-2006, 12:40 AM   #7
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If I remember correctly (it was awhile ago that I first joined GV ^_^) I think I was searching for info about CyberThrill Casino. (Oldbies will know that one!) Luckily I found GV so I didn't get s***med ... I don't know for sure, but I probably lurked for awhile and then finally registered a few weeks later The moderate success I've had so far probably wouldn't have been possible (or at least, not nearly as easy) without these boards.

Edit: Oops, that was CyberThrill, not CyberGold. I guess "cyber" was a popular pre-boom Internet buzzword There's also CyberBounty, which, I am somewhat surprised to discover, still exists today! Wonder if my ancient account still works ... nope. Owells!
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Old 08-31-2006, 02:21 AM   #8
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My first was Webmaster-Talk in 02, when i was looking for information on web design related stuff. then spread from there.

now active in 13-15 forums and lurk in another 4 or 5.

now i register at forums based on my need for information at that time and if i like it, i hang around else i move on.
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Old 09-12-2006, 09:34 AM   #9
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I first joined a forum when playing Morrowind. I registered at Elderscrolls.com and found out more about the game. Then I registered at a Karate site and so on. Now I am active in more than 100 forums and I also run 9 of my own.
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Old 09-14-2006, 07:28 PM   #10
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well...i found this forum by acident when i was looking a way to monetize a site i just maid back then.
this was my first and since then i visit many but only continue reading/visiting around 4. the ones i feel good i'm member the rest are just "passing by".
i maintain 1 forum at the moment along with a friend.
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Old 09-15-2006, 06:56 AM   #11
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the ones i feel good i'm member the rest are just "passing by".
Nice to know you still feel geek/talk is good Joćo We are happy to see you continue posting after being a member for so long
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Old 09-18-2006, 06:11 PM   #12
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I register at forums for a variety of reasons. Some times because I need help and support. Other times its for entertainment. When I found GV (over 6 years ago...I'm member #15) I needed to learn from the GV natives.

I had launched my own website 2 years prior and was trying to find information about advertising...I was very excited to find folks online who knew info that I needed. It was my first brush with monetizing my own site.
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Old 09-18-2006, 06:51 PM   #13
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Kathy, the exact reason escapes me. It might have had something to do with some testing or something. It just won't come to me right now. But those user numbers are a little confusing and don't mean what they might look like they mean. Here are some examples using four members, including yourself.

emmzee - Joined July 3, 1999 - USERID Number 157
Czar - Joined August 2, 1999 - USERID Number 7
Kathy (you) - Joined June 4, 2000 - USERID Number 15
Nintendo - Joined February 14, 2001 - USERID Number 1890
Jan - Joined May 4, 2001 - USERID Number 10

As you can see, there is no logic to those numbers when you look at the date each member joined and compare that with the user number.

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Old 09-18-2006, 07:20 PM   #14
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Weird Larwee. It does seem odd. I, too, have a vbulletin forum and the USERID (member number) is assigned at registration and does not change within the system. In other words, if some members are removed, those left don't all change member numbers, moving up the ladder.

I have no explanation for my member number but I do know I joined early....but have no clue how I got to be 15.
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Kathy, you, Czar and I were among the testers of the vBulletin forum prior to the changeover from UBB
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