Hard to believe it's been ten years but that's where we are at now. First a little bit of history, as most of you know I was in the coal delivery business, a business my Great Grandfather started with a horse and wagon in the early 1900's. <cue dramatic music> I continue that today into a new century.
When I took over the coal delivery business in 2000 one of the first hings I did was establish a web site. After researching and finding the costs for building one quite expensive I decided to build it myself since I already had a lot of experience with computers dating back to the early 80's with my Commodore 64.
After a few years I started Nepadigital.com as a side business, more of a hobby than anything. Having used forums a lot I decided to install one in the hopes of attracting the local people of NEPA for a place they could discuss local things, that first click of the install button occurred exactly on Fri Oct 01, 2004 8:35 pm. Here is the archive
of that from December of 2014. 13 members and 107 posts, most of them from me.
That failed miserably....
.... however one section of the forum was linked from my coal delivery website and in 2005 really started to gain some attraction. By December of 2005
in this one little section I had a whopping 205 topics and 1386 posts. This was just after Katrina and that really was the catalyst.
By the fall of 2006 I had ditched my original idea and axed all the sections and expanded the coal forum, in the fall of 2007 I outgrew the $10/month shared hosting plan. I moved the site to a much more powerful VPS and shortly after moved the whole forum to it's own domain, NEPACrossroads.com.
That's where we are at today. I want to thank all of the people that have participated through the years that have made this possible, without you this forum would just be another empty wasteland like so many other forums that come and go. I'd like to list everyone but here is the top ten longest active posters all of whom joined in 2005. They are ordered by the oldest first. Surprisingly some of these names may seem unfamiliar.
Sun Aug 03, 2014 9:44 pm
Sun Feb 16, 2014 7:11 pm
Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:30 pm
Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:06 pm
Wed Sep 10, 2014 6:33 pm
Wed Jun 11, 2014 8:45 pm
Sun Sep 28, 2014 11:57 pm
Wed Oct 01, 2014 9:57 am
Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:56 pm
Fri Feb 28, 2014 10:01 am
Here is some forum stats:
Number of posts: 433080*
Posts per day: 118.60
Number of topics: 28149*
Topics per day: 7.71
Number of users: 7760*
Users per day: 2.13
Number of attachments: 42542
Attachments per day: 11.65
Database size: 1.3GB
Size of posted attachments: 12GB
*One thing to note about these statistics is they are not bloated with spammers, people that have registered and never posted or even the classified ads that are purged. Here are those stats with those included:
Number of users: 21K
Number of topics: 35K
Number of posts: 450K
So what's the future? Over the coming year I'll be making some additions like a responsive layout for mobile devices. I'll be adding a few forums like an expansion of the soft coal forums and the addition of a baseurner/antique forum. The knowledge base is getting the axe however I'm going to begin building many static pages such as a static business directory, reviews, maps etc.
Again I'd like to thank everyone past and present that has participated and made this possible, hope to you're around for another 10 years.