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CRZ
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#1 Posted on 2.1.12 0035.22
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By now, you're familiar with the story: after a year of deciding we were too big for EZboard (but really, just so tired of their popup ads and strange Javascript sorcery), we hacked together our own version of acmlmboard 1.65 and opened up Wienerville on January 2, 2002 as THE place to allow the visitors of slashwrestling.com to get interactive. While slashwrestling.com hasn't been updated since October 2002, this message board has thrived and survived, largely unchanged but for two name changes to Wienerboard.com and then to The W... yet now much harder to mailiciously inject SQL code into (we hope).

Ten years later, we pause to reflect and thank the over 3000 registered users, countless others who drove by but never registered, Googlebots, Yahoo! spiders, bingbots and search engines long since bankrupted for accounting for the over 75 million page views we've logged over all this time.

We also thank you for your content generation of over 470,000 posts - almost all of which you can still read to this day if you're bored enough.

Along the way, hopefully we've managed to provide you with more positive than negative experiences.

No big bells and whistles today - "The W in HD" remains merely a concept - but given some of the more infuriating "site refreshes" of other sites, maybe the best thing to do IS to not change for a while longer. (In the meantime, you can play with the CKEditor.)

As always, if you read something you like, we'd appreciate your tweets, Likes and +1's to let the world know.

We do realise you have a choice in Internet time wastery, and we thank you for donating some valuable time over to this hood.

Here's to many anniversaries to come!
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#2 Posted on 2.1.12 0048.14
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Wow. Ten years.

Despite the ungodly amount of time I spend on the Internet, I've never been adventurous or even curious when it comes to message boards. Slash Wrestling -> Weinerboard -> The W has always been my home for sharing thoughts and opinions, first about wrestling, then numerous other matters (well, mainly movies, TV and comics). This is it for me; I don't visit any other message boards, nor do I plan to. Nor do I ever feel the need to.

And why should I? There's always interesting, intelligent, and (with usually amusing exceptions) civil discussions going on here. Some of the Ws here have gone on to become friends, and many others can regularly be counted on for insight, humor, perspective, and occasionally abuse. I like to think I've contributed my fair share of the same. It's all in good fun in an excellent online community.

Thanks to CRZ for his leadership, for linking my Back of the Head site to his new DVD threads every week, and thanks to everyone who's ever checked out my site via The W and for their contributions to The W for the last decade.

Oh, and if there's one thing I'm proudest of contributing in all the years I've been a W, it's recapping NXT season 3. Recapping ain't easy; I don't know how geemoney and It's False do it every week, and the model of excellence for many years was of course CRZ himself, but man, NXT3 made the rain fall.

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#3 Posted on 2.1.12 0057.51
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It blows my mind that I have been posting here for 10 years (plus however long I was active at the old EZBoard, I don't remember). I was 17 years old when I registered for this site. I have only a small handful of friends who I have known longer than I've been posting here.

I enjoy reading old posts of mine on here from time to time; going from age 17 to 27, I have of course changed a great deal, and it is all documented on this very site. From political views to the way I watch sports to the way I use technology, changes in all of them are preserved here.

Even though there's only one person on this site who I've ever met in "real life," I feel like there is a community of maybe a couple dozen here who have really been active since the beginning or close to it who I know really well. I can guess how most of the most frequent posters here would feel about a specific political cause; when certain sports teams win or lose, I find myself wondering how a poster I know as a fan of that team is reacting; when there's a movie or TV show I'm interested in seeing, one of the first things I do is check out what people here have said about it.

Thanks to the Zimmermans for keeping this place running; I feel like I'm somewhat spoiled by the level of discussion that is kept around here, and in the rare event I enter any other sort of online discussions, I am always annoyed that things are not moderated the same way they are here. And thanks to all the posters who have been here regularly, sharing opinions, interesting links, and recommendations on any number of things.
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#4 Posted on 2.1.12 1014.56
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I was never a message board poster until the weinerboard except on religious matters. I started reading CRZ somewhere back there in RSPW and then Wrestlemaniacs and when that died found slash and eventually here, because I discovered Slash later. My ten year anniversary here isn't for 27 more days.

Congrats to the Zims - and thanks.

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#5 Posted on 2.1.12 1158.02
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I second AWA, thanks for a sane place on the net.
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#6 Posted on 2.1.12 1242.09
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I agree with just about everything TheBucsFan said. Realizing this has been around for 10 years makes me feel old, though.

Happy Anniversary, everyone!
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#7 Posted on 2.1.12 1843.43
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Bucs is right on, brother! I don't frequent other message boards, either. This board has been part of my routine for so long, I can't remember not knowing this board.

I think I was one of the original testers as it says I was registered on December 11, 2001 (3674 days ago). Wow.

Thanks to Chris and Aaron for all their service over lo these many years!
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#8 Posted on 3.1.12 1150.52
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It's my 10 year anniversary today. I am probably the quietest active 10 year user in the group. I started here for wrestling but it's been years since I posted or even read a thread in that forum. There isn't a work day in the office that goes by that I don't stop in once or twice to see what I am missing out on. Of course I do follow CRZ on twitter so I think I have all my bases covered.

Thanks again to the Bros Zim.
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#9 Posted on 3.1.12 1332.25
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    Originally posted by dunkndollaz
    It's my 10 year anniversary today. I am probably the quietest active 10 year user in the group.


Well, other than the fact that my 10 year anniversary isn't for another 22 days...

Which begs the question of what I was doing for three weeks between the old board and this one.
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#10 Posted on 3.1.12 2207.24
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    Originally posted by PeterStork
      Originally posted by dunkndollaz
      It's my 10 year anniversary today. I am probably the quietest active 10 year user in the group.


    Well, other than the fact that my 10 year anniversary isn't for another 22 days...

    Which begs the question of what I was doing for three weeks between the old board and this one.


I might argue with both of you about that given my 707 posts and 0.19 posts per day average.

Having said that, even though I don't post with any regularity at all, this is still one of the places I check multiple times every day just to see what's happening. I'd also like to thank the Brothers Zim for their hard work and giving us a place that has consistently been worth visiting.

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#11 Posted on 4.1.12 1534.18
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After 10 years, the thing I appreciate most about this board is that MORE is not >= QUALITY. You can bet during the feeling out period we experienced (that continued right until about the time TopTenPro was banned and tomvejada disappeared; whichever came first) that Chris Jericho would have at least 4-5 different speculation threads about where the angle is going, that we'd have an open letter to Triple H, and 15 other threads that could be contained within a singular thought from within the RAW thread.

I haven't been a "regular" poster in about 8 years, but I certainly still make sure to check the boards daily and I still enjoy much of the content here.

Thank you Chris and Aaron for your continued efforts in ensuring a palatable dictatorship that most of us enjoy.
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#12 Posted on 4.1.12 2041.01
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    Originally posted by bash91
    Having said that, even though I don't post with any regularity at all, this is still one of the places I check multiple times every day just to see what's happening. I'd also like to thank the Brothers Zim for their hard work and giving us a place that has consistently been worth visiting.
Ditto. I used to post a lot, not so much anymore, but I still come by a few times a day. I also still watch WWE regularly and this is where I get all my newz from. I keep up with the other forums too, but mostly the Wrestling folder. So yeah, thanks Zims!

That reminds me: When we moved here from EZBoard, wasnt Aaron supposed to take over being the main mod? What happened there? Just curious.
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#13 Posted on 4.1.12 2312.21
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    Originally posted by DJ FrostyFreeze
      Originally posted by bash91
      Having said that, even though I don't post with any regularity at all, this is still one of the places I check multiple times every day just to see what's happening. I'd also like to thank the Brothers Zim for their hard work and giving us a place that has consistently been worth visiting.
    Ditto. I used to post a lot, not so much anymore, but I still come by a few times a day. I also still watch WWE regularly and this is where I get all my newz from. I keep up with the other forums too, but mostly the Wrestling folder. So yeah, thanks Zims!

    That reminds me: When we moved here from EZBoard, wasnt Aaron supposed to take over being the main mod? What happened there? Just curious.
I found out it was faster for me to teach myself PHP and MySQL and just do my own programming rather than ask him to realize my creative vision through writing his own code. I think. (Also, I inevitably read almost everything posted here way before he ever did.)
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#14 Posted on 5.1.12 1857.59
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    Originally posted by CRZ


    No big bells and whistles today - "The W in HD" remains merely a concept - but given some of the more infuriating "site refreshes" of other sites, maybe the best thing to do IS to not change for a while longer. (In the meantime, you can play with the CKEditor.)




I'll go along with that ... No need for dem new-fangled "Web 2.0" doodads that all those darned kids are talkin' about these days!

Keep things nice and simple ... That's what keeps me coming back (even if I personally contribute less and less as the years go by).
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#15 Posted on 5.1.12 1952.51
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    Originally posted by bash91
      Originally posted by PeterStork
        Originally posted by dunkndollaz
        It's my 10 year anniversary today. I am probably the quietest active 10 year user in the group.


      Well, other than the fact that my 10 year anniversary isn't for another 22 days...

      Which begs the question of what I was doing for three weeks between the old board and this one.


    I might argue with both of you about that given my 707 posts and 0.19 posts per day average.

.14 posts per day. Boom. 10 years later, 10 years greater!*

*(Me, not the board.)**

**(But also the board.)
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#16 Posted on 6.1.12 1431.43
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Eh. We went through a series of power struggles and I gave up. CRZ wins.

It's almost never worth arguing with him, so I kind of defer to everything. Plus, if he codes it, who am I to complain?

I'm still here all the time - I just don't ever post.
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#17 Posted on 9.1.12 0831.36
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    Originally posted by Dr Unlikely
      Originally posted by bash91
        Originally posted by PeterStork
          Originally posted by dunkndollaz
          It's my 10 year anniversary today. I am probably the quietest active 10 year user in the group.


        Well, other than the fact that my 10 year anniversary isn't for another 22 days...

        Which begs the question of what I was doing for three weeks between the old board and this one.


      I might argue with both of you about that given my 707 posts and 0.19 posts per day average. (image removed)

    .14 posts per day. Boom. 10 years later, 10 years greater!*

    *(Me, not the board.)**

    **(But also the board.)


Ooh, are we having a "who has been here 10 years and posted the least" contest? Do I have to wait the remaining 21 days until my registration anniversary or can I go ahead and point at my 0.13 post per day average?

All kidding aside, I'm glad to have this place. I rarely post anything and I don't visit every day, but in this place I've discovered new music and books, learned to appreciate multiple political viewpoints, shared my opinion on various matters (if rarely...), and more. Thank you for the work and expense that you go through to keep it up.
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#18 Posted on 10.1.12 0028.40
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    Originally posted by rinberg

    Ooh, are we having a "who has been here 10 years and posted the least" contest? Do I have to wait the remaining 21 days until my registration anniversary or can I go ahead and point at my 0.13 post per day average?

    All kidding aside, I'm glad to have this place. I rarely post anything and I don't visit every day, but in this place I've discovered new music and books, learned to appreciate multiple political viewpoints, shared my opinion on various matters (if rarely...), and more. Thank you for the work and expense that you go through to keep it up.


Can I make it to September, and maintain my 0.12 post per day average to steal the crown?

I would echo the sentiments here, and it must warm CRZ's heart to see that, while a bunch of people may never actually post, The W is still a part of the daily routine, and much appreciated.
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#19 Posted on 10.1.12 1047.44
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In four days I'll be here for ten years. Many thanks to the Zimmermen for their hard work and efforts in keeping this message board community around, and keeping the culture of this place the way it is.

"Community", that's what this board really feels like. A real community, just one that spans multiple countries. During my time on this board I:

- Graduated from college twice.
- Was homeless.
- Got engaged.
- Got married.
- Had child with my wife.
- Bought a house.

All of that stuff happened, and this place was a constant element in my life. My thanks to all of you who make this place *the* place to be.
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#20 Posted on 20.1.12 1820.07
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Winner:

http://the-w.com/​u/​4

He was just online.

User 4, 39 posts. You aren't beating that. No one is.

I don't count Adam.

(edited by Guru Zim on 20.1.12 1621)
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