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Happy Forum Birthday to Me

RamiusRamius Joined: July 19, 2000Administrator, ClubPA admin
And a shout-out to those who remember when the forums looked like this:
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and the homepage looked like this:
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    BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User, Moderator mod
    the peak of year 2000 web design

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    BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    ramius are there any active people with join dates that predate yours

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    Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Brolo wrote: »
    ramius are there any active people with join dates that predate yours

    Larlar's join date used to be in the BC

    Humor can be dissected as a frog can, but dies in the process.
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    I needed anime to post.I needed anime to post. boom Registered User regular
    I'm so sorry.

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    see317see317 Registered User regular
    One year closer to Forum Deathday.

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    UsagiUsagi Nah Registered User regular
    Your PA account can drink legally in the US

    Jeeesus chrimmas that makes me feel old as hell

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    3cl1ps33cl1ps3 I will build a labyrinth to house the cheese Registered User regular
    Another year, another failure to break the curse that binds us here.

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    TubeTube Registered User admin
    Happy Birthday Ramius! Hope we can catch up soon.

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    Kane Red RobeKane Red Robe Master of Magic ArcanusRegistered User regular
    Happy forum birthday!

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    ChicoBlueChicoBlue Registered User regular
    On this day in 2000

    Matchbox Twenty's Bent was #1 on the Billboard charts, ousting Vertical Horizon's Everything You Want.

    The highest grossing movie was X-Men.

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    JuggernutJuggernut Registered User regular
    The pinnacle of human existence.

    It's been downhill ever since.

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    AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    I... never saw this version of the forums, or the PA website.

    OMG, I feel young! I am not used to this!

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    RamiusRamius Joined: July 19, 2000 Administrator, ClubPA admin
    edited July 2021
    Brolo wrote: »
    ramius are there any active people with join dates that predate yours

    It's hard to say. All join dates have been reset over later forum iterations. Mine is the only one that the archeologist dug up and placed on display.

    EDIT: It was Penny-Arcade Year 2, so there's a good chance that someone other than Gabe and Tycho are still around from Year one.

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    DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    My account says 2003, but I could have sworn I first started posting in 2002. Maybe I just think that because I started reading the comic in 2002, who knows?

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    durandal4532durandal4532 Registered User regular
    edited July 2021
    I feel like I have probably been posting since around then if not under this account. I can recall that homepage at least!

    Edit: The most terrifying thing I can imagine is to be forced to read all of my posts from the beginning.

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    UrielUriel Registered User regular
    I think I remember that homepage or a similar one slightly later. Probably 02 to 04.

    I first started reading the comic after a bit on tech TV where leo Laporte was showing a computer program to aggregate webcomics and mentioned in passing that penny arcade was one not suitable for kids. So I being a teen, immediately looked it up .

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    RamiusRamius Joined: July 19, 2000 Administrator, ClubPA admin
    Mark Zuckerberg was 16 years old. He could have been a forumer at that time.

    Top Five Selling Games of the Year 2000

    Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Units Sold
    1 / Pokémon Stadium / Nintendo / N64 / 1,701,820
    2 / Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 / Activision / PlayStation / 1,553,269
    3 / Tony Hawk's Pro Skater / Activision / PlayStation / 1,300,029
    4 / The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask / Nintendo / N64 / 1,206,489
    5 / Gran Turismo 2 / Sony / PlayStation / 1,155,469

    (NOTE: This list might not be reliable. Other sources point to Pokemon Silver/Gold and The Sims being conspicuously missing from the list)

    A top mobile phone looked like this:
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    the iPod hadn't been invented, yet.

    Bill Shepherd, Yuri Gidzenko, and Sergei Krikalev became the first to enter the International Space Station on November 2, 2000.

    Verizon was formed on April 4, 2000

    Microsoft bought Bungie to get Halo on the upcoming XBox ( Relevant comic: https://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2000/06/19/bob-we-hardly-knew-ye )

    The domain twitter.com came online on January 21, 2000.

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    Librarian's ghostLibrarian's ghost Librarian, Ghostbuster, and TimSpork Registered User regular
    God. I feel so old.

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    ShortyShorty touching the meat Intergalactic Cool CourtRegistered User regular
    Darmak wrote: »
    My account says 2003, but I could have sworn I first started posting in 2002. Maybe I just think that because I started reading the comic in 2002, who knows?

    could also be because the forums went fully down for a period of time in there. iirc it was in august/september of 2002, or thereabouts. they didn't come back officially (there was a succession of ezboards in the interrim) until, I want to say, spring of 2003.

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    UrielUriel Registered User regular
    Pokemon stadium owns

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    DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    Shorty wrote: »
    Darmak wrote: »
    My account says 2003, but I could have sworn I first started posting in 2002. Maybe I just think that because I started reading the comic in 2002, who knows?

    could also be because the forums went fully down for a period of time in there. iirc it was in august/september of 2002, or thereabouts. they didn't come back officially (there was a succession of ezboards in the interrim) until, I want to say, spring of 2003.

    That sounds familiar, could be what happened. Regardless, I've spent close to half of my life on these forums.

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    ElaroElaro Apologetic Registered User regular
    2000...

    July 19th, 2000...

    I didn't have internet back then.

    Children's rights are human rights.
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    MulysaSemproniusMulysaSempronius but also susie nyRegistered User regular
    Happy Birthday! Hope you have fun!

    If that's all there is my friends, then let's keep dancing
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    see317see317 Registered User regular
    Athenor wrote: »
    I... never saw this version of the forums, or the PA website.

    OMG, I feel young! I am not used to this!

    Get off my lawn!

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    XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    Happy Birthday!

    I think I started posting in 2004?

    When was SE++ called H&R?

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    BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User, Moderator mod
    was like, 2003 or 2004 for me? I started posting to post in the WoW subforum then migrated to G&T.

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    Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    was like, 2003 or 2004 for me? I started posting to post in the WoW subforum then migrated to G&T.

    WoW didn’t come out until 2004

    Humor can be dissected as a frog can, but dies in the process.
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    DirtyboyDirtyboy Registered User regular
    Avatar is accurate representation of their forum account age.

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    ToxTox I kill threads he/himRegistered User regular
    was like, 2003 or 2004 for me? I started posting to post in the WoW subforum then migrated to G&T.

    WoW didn’t come out until 2004

    Battlenet was only a year old in 2000

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    BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited July 2021
    was like, 2003 or 2004 for me? I started posting to post in the WoW subforum then migrated to G&T.

    WoW didn’t come out until 2004

    was probably 2004 then! I was in the beta the summer before it released but I don't think I found PA until after that

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    JasconiusJasconius sword criminal mad onlineRegistered User regular
    edited July 2021
    damn I can't say I saw the original color scheme but I am pretty sure I saw what came right after which was a very dark blue with orange trim circa 2002

    *edit* it used to look like this https://web.archive.org/web/20010526193054/http://www.penny-arcade.com/phorum/list.php?f=8

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    Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    I have a very firm grasp on when WoW came out because that was my freshman year of college and I spent way too much time on it

    Humor can be dissected as a frog can, but dies in the process.
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    DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    I remember the banner ad on MegaTokyo suggesting that the website "lacked wang," and that one should direct themselves to Penny Arcade instead.

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    JarsJars Registered User regular
    edited July 2021
    Tox wrote: »
    was like, 2003 or 2004 for me? I started posting to post in the WoW subforum then migrated to G&T.

    WoW didn’t come out until 2004

    Battlenet was only a year old in 2000

    it launched in 1996(dec 31st, really, 1997). I remember playing diablo 1 on it

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    ToxTox I kill threads he/himRegistered User regular
    Jars wrote: »
    Tox wrote: »
    was like, 2003 or 2004 for me? I started posting to post in the WoW subforum then migrated to G&T.

    WoW didn’t come out until 2004

    Battlenet was only a year old in 2000

    it launched in 1996(dec 31st, really, 1997). I remember playing diablo 1 on it

    Oh hmm that was apparently the Warcraft 2 Battlenet edition.

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    ASimPersonASimPerson Cold... and hard.Registered User regular
    My join date is more impressive than it should be. I signed up as a freshman in college with my own debit card for the first time intending to join the original iteration of Club PA.

    Naturally, that was shut down like 2 or 3 weeks later. Then I proceeded to not post until I landed my first job out of college in 2007.

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    MvrckMvrck Dwarven MountainhomeRegistered User regular
    Man, I do not remember that website layout at all, even though I know I was seeing it multiple times a week.

    Back in 2000? 2001ish? I would print out the previous days comic and post it on my dad's white board in his classroom. He is a high school math teacher, and he had one board with a section dedicated kind of as a fun community area where you could post stuff or write messages within reason. Basically an actual in person message board, before the digital equivalent became so ubiquitous.

    So it collected all kinds of wacky stuff like Weekly World News articles with names replaced with teachers names, sports results clippings for bragging rights, Homestar Runner shit, etc. I got into the habit of posting the PA comic. Definitely also remember signing up for, then pretty quickly noping out of those old school forums. "Oh, this is probably way not appropriate to be reading on my dads work computer."

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    SanderJKSanderJK Crocodylus Pontifex Sinterklasicus Madrid, 3000 ADRegistered User regular
    Wasn't there a Great Forum Crash in 2003 that killed most accounts?

    I was reading the forums before, but I'm not sure if I had an account on the previous incarnation.

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    A duck!A duck! Moderator, ClubPA Mod Emeritus
    The forum went down in late 2002. I blame Evander.

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    DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    Happy birthday, I will bring the limes and anime

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