What first brought you here, and when?

  Forum Editor 11:36 29 Oct 2012
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Perhaps, as we near the end of our forum's twelfth year on-line we might take a little stroll down memory lane.

Can you remember what first brought you into the forum, when it was, and what the experience was like - did you come here because you had a problem that needed solving, or simply to see what went on? Some of you have been here for a very long time, and presumably you're still here for a reason.

I hope we can run a thread like this without it descending into a discussion about your pet dislikes, but if it goes that way, so be it, I can take it.

  hastelloy 12:05 29 Oct 2012

My daughter recommended the forum and I joined in July 2006. Apparently I've posted 816 times - I wouldn't have guessed it was as many as that but I guess others will be way ahead of me.

I have found the help here is unbeatable and try to contribute when I feel able. Unfortunately there don't seem to be as many posts now as there used to be. Inevitable some "older" members will withdraw - I often wonder what happened to some like Stuartli and Marcus and VoG doesn't seem to post very often now.

  Condom 12:20 29 Oct 2012

It appears that I am now into my 7th year and my first approach on line would have no doubt been a problem with XP. I had taken the magazine for some years before that after moving from PC Direct and PC Magazine.

In those days it seemed most people on here built their own PC's and there always seemed to be a ready supply of answers to most problems. Since the arrival of Win 7 these problems appear to have all but vanished.

I was probably bored one evening and tried the Speakers Forum and I have contributed off and on ever since. Seen many familiar names vanish over the years and some have re-appeared but of course not everyone sticks with the same name. I have often thought about changing my own name but what is the point. Nowadays I just look from time to time to see what is being said about things or occasionally just make a posting to stir the pot.

  exdragon 12:48 29 Oct 2012

I joined in February 2001, after having retired from work where I had a technical department to call on when things went wrong. I'd just bought my own computer and was almost scared to turn it on. I think I found you from a magazine article (Computer Active, perhaps?) and after lurking for a while, tentatively posted some questions, convinced that I wouldn't understand the answers. However, people were very patient and I've picked up a lot over the years and have answered one or two questions myself. Not many, considering the number I've asked, but never mind!

A few years ago, I did part time work and it was good to know that you helped me to be the 'expert' in situations where everyone was a lot younger than me - it boosted this pensioner granny's ego no end!

  Brumas 12:53 29 Oct 2012

When I had a windows PC I was forever asking questions, in Helproom, on what had gone wrong or why does/doesn't this happen. When I finally saw the light and migrated to an iMac the problems that I had had didn't seem to occur so regularly, so I lurked around the Speaker's Corner and now I feel like part of the furniture!

Friday nights, for me, just wouldn't be the same unless I was clogging up the bandwidth on Speaker's Corner, having said that I'm pretty sure many others may disagree ;o}}

  Quickbeam 13:13 29 Oct 2012

Looking at my first 3 posts, it was the usual niggly XP/Win 98 problems that required investigating at a deeper level below the surface than I understood at the time. Windows 7 seems to have cured that requirement by way of self diagnostic and repair abilities.

Why do you ask? Are you looking to send some of us off packing...

  Forum Editor 13:42 29 Oct 2012

Quickbeam

"Why do you ask? Are you looking to send some of us off packing..."

As if I would want to do a thing like that.

I'm simply interested to know about the circumstances in which you first arrived here, and perhaps why you've stayed. Call it market research if you like, and speak freely - nobody is going to be sent packing or placed on a black list.

We've enjoyed a degree of success over the years, but that's not a reason to believe that things will stay that way forever. We need to know what people are thinking - hence the 'so be it' remark in my opening post.

We know that lots of forum users rarely visit other parts of our site, for instance, yet the forums only account for a small percentage of our total site traffic. Why is that, do you think?

  carver 14:10 29 Oct 2012

Joined in 2001 after having problems with a Gateway PC, and this site was recommended.

Why have I kept coming back, it's because there are some very decent people on this site with a wealth of knowledge who are prepared to share that knowledge.

I've gone from not knowing the first thing about computers to now building them for other people and if I get stuck there's always some one on this site to help.

  Flak999 14:28 29 Oct 2012

I have been here over eleven years and I first came by this site when I was looking to change from an old CRT monitor to a new TFT screen. As others have said there is a wealth of information to be gleaned from the forum and by and large the people you converse with are a cut above other forum dwellers on the web.

I have found that I generally inhabit speakers corner as I find (in the main) the discussions stimulating and generally the quality of the responses are much better than elsewhere on the net. I used to subscribe to the magazine for for a few years but tended to find that as with some other technology based magazines after you have been a subscriber for a while the same topics seem to come round at fairly regular intervals.

I think that as is the trend with most print media the time is coming when subscriber driven printed matter is coming to the end of it's life. The future for all publications ultimately lies online!

  wee eddie 14:39 29 Oct 2012

I first started buying PCA when I was trying to decide on the PC to buy to replace my Apricot, black screen, green text, only. I had Dabs make up a W'95 desktop for me, it had no speakers, I couldn't imagine why I should want sound when I had a colour Monitor and a Dial Up Modem, built in!!

I think that I joined the Forum some time after it's arrival but with a different Handle (Can't remember what it was). If I remember rightly, I was a rare visitor in those days and only became a regular in the run-up to the Millennium.

My fondest memories were of my almost total disbelief of "Flecc's" stripped down version of W'98, which launched in a couple of seconds. My Aptiva, W'98se, took about 5 minutes or so!

  john bunyan 14:51 29 Oct 2012

Been here for 6 years. Came as a reader of the PCA magazine as I found (and still find) the Technical forum very useful, and about 1/2 my posts have been asking for or giving advice on that forum. I also keep an eye on speakers corner, and enjoy that, especially Brumas' puzzles, but also other issues (if only they did not get so personal on occasions).I wish that the tone on this speakers forum could be along the lines of a University debate, ie "This House believes that.... " rather than the display of rigidly held political beliefs.

I think the "Core" must be the Technical help as this gives advice that is difficult to obtain from other sources.

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