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Posted: 10 January 2017 01:42 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Dave, in view of the welcome given to unwed widow alias Podkayne OM, I wondered which current posters are the longest-serving on the old board, or even which of us current posters joined this board more or less at its inception (I know I did, but who else)?  I think Dr Techie, aldi and Steve G (still occasionally around) are among the longest-serving members from Yuku days or before, but I may be wrong. I can’t remember when I joined - nineties maybe?

I agree with uw - squabbles and scraps aside, it must be fairly unusual for such a diverse international family to have built up on the net over such a period of time. Kudos to you for that.

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Posted: 10 January 2017 05:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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The website, in one form or another has been around since 1997—twenty years. I registered the wordorigins.org domain name in 2001. The move to the current forum, away from Coolboard/Yuku, was in January 2007—ten years ago.

Those who came over from Yuku in 2007 and who have posted or logged-in in the last few months are, in order of registration:

languagehat
ElizaD
aldiboronti
Dr. Techie
happydog
Richard Hershberger
jtab4994
donkeyhotay
Faldage
JimWilton
Reb Wlm
BlackGrey
Skibberoo
kurwamac
jointgib
lionello
droogie
OP Tipping
Syntinen Laulu
frma
Oecolampadius

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Posted: 10 January 2017 07:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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The earliest LH post I can find that mentions Wordorigins is this one, from January 19, 2004, so I presume I was around these parts at least by 2003, but it would be nice to know when my first comment here was.  Is there no way of retrieving this information?  (I presume, sadly, the answer is “No.")

Edit: Great question, and I join Eliza in thanking Dave for creating and maintaining this place!  The only other site I eagerly visited every day was wood s lot, and that’s been silent for half a year now and appears to have bit the dust, so I appreciate the longevity of Wordorigins all the more.

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Posted: 10 January 2017 07:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I think you have me beat by a year or so, eliza. I can’t remember whether it was Ezboard (Yuku) or the one before it when I came but I do know that you, Dave (of course), Doc, Jim, oeco (under another name), pod (I think) and others were busily wording it and had been for some considerable time when I showed up.

Goodness, it’s been a while, hasn’t it?

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Posted: 10 January 2017 02:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I have no idea why I remember this, but I joined the EZboard version in Nov of 2001. I thought Aldi was already here.

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Posted: 10 January 2017 04:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Oecolampadius - 10 January 2017 02:49 PM

I have no idea why I remember this, but I joined the EZboard version in Nov of 2001. I thought Aldi was already here.

You’re right, oeco, I was here by then. I feel we’ve all known each other for so many years that it’s difficult to recall exactly how long.

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Posted: 10 January 2017 04:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I think I joined back when we were on Coolboard, though not a long time before the transition to EZboard.  I know I antedate languagehat, though perhaps not Eliza or aldi.  The earliest yuku/ezboard archives are from 2002, and as I recall we had been going for a while at least, before they started persistent archiving.  Before that, old threads just dropped off the bottom into the bit bucket.

So close to twenty years, at least, if not longer.... Oh cripes, I’d better go put another quarter in the parking meter!

In http://wordoriginsorg.yuku.com/topic/9517/Hacker#.WHV8WJK3iMQ on EZboard/yuku, aldi links show that the transition from coolboard was made in late Feb-early March of 2001.

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Posted: 11 January 2017 10:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I don’t recognize many names from that archived Coolboard page. Dave, of course, and possibly Steve, if it’s the same Steve I’m thinking of. I could have sworn that you were here, Doc, when I first arrived but it is difficult to be certain. Well, we’ve gone through three boards and don’t I recall Dave saying that he’s thinking of migrating to another one soon? I do hope we can carry over the archives this time.

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Posted: 11 January 2017 12:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I did a quick run-through of some of the profiles on the old Yuku site, and it appears that this is when we registered with WO (some may have registered with Yuku in general before they joined Wordorigins, though I think my own registration date is correct). I couldn’t find anything about Dave or Dr Techie.

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14/10/01 aldiboronti
11/01/02 Oecolampadius
18/01/02 Kurwamac
31/01/02 ElizaD
03/06/02 faldage
12/09/02 RichardHershberger
18/05/03 OP Tipping
08/01/04 blackgrey
19/01/04 languagehat
06/08/04 Jim Wilton
20/06/04 Skibberoo
14/04/05 Syntinen Laulu

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Posted: 11 January 2017 01:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Thanks very much, Eliza!  So apparently I posted at LH about WO the very day I registered, which I guess isn’t surprising.

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Posted: 19 January 2017 10:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Have done some digging into my archives. Dave’s list shows me as coming on board on June 20, 2004. That is when it became mandatory to ‘register.’ Previously I had participated as an ‘unregistered user’ of EZboard (as it was then known). My records show that my first post was on 4/3/02. At that time registered users such as Dr Techie (1231 posts), WG (781), Moodindigo1 (52) and many others were extant.

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Posted: 20 January 2017 02:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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ElizaD - 11 January 2017 12:23 PM

I did a quick run-through of some of the profiles on the old Yuku site, and it appears that this is when we registered with WO (some may have registered with Yuku in general before they joined Wordorigins, though I think my own registration date is correct). I couldn’t find anything about Dave or Dr Techie.

D/M/Y
14/10/01 aldiboronti
11/01/02 Oecolampadius
18/01/02 Kurwamac
31/01/02 ElizaD
03/06/02 faldage
12/09/02 RichardHershberger
18/05/03 OP Tipping
08/01/04 blackgrey
19/01/04 languagehat
06/08/04 Jim Wilton
20/06/04 Skibberoo
14/04/05 Syntinen Laulu

That’s very helpful, Eliza. As for Dave and Doc I think it’s fitting that no firm date can be found for them (although of course Dave knows for a certainty that he’s been here the longest!) I’ve always thought of the two of them as the pillars which support our community and long may they continue so to do.

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Posted: 20 January 2017 06:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Hear, hear! (he vociferated, adding verbiage to satisfy the software).

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Posted: 20 January 2017 08:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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I think of my date of joining as lost in the mists of iniquity.

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Posted: 20 January 2017 12:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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How did you do that Eliza? I clicked on some of the names and when I did so, I got the same thing as you did for aldi, But Dave’s is 15/11/05 which can’t be right and Dr.T is the exact same date. Mine (Jgorman64) could be right at Nov of 02, though I thought it was ‘01.

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Posted: 31 March 2017 07:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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Hello to all
Fortuitously on one of my rare “drive byes” and I noticed this thread.  So logging in to keep myself current ;-)

Apologies for being a rare visitor and contributor, but I can only offer starting my own company, ongoing work on a old house (and several old cars) and last but by no means least, 2 grand-children.  Intellectual diversion time is reduced....

But will try to find more time.

Trouble with this thread is I am now trundling through my mental archives trying to remember what phrase or word set off my search that led to me finding the old site.  Also what was the first question or contribution I made on the pre-yuku days.

cheers
Steve

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