Good question. I can think of some of the sites I was a part of - probably not all, but they included:
- were-here (and whatever its successor was, twelvestone?)
- actionscript (I believe there was both a .org and a .com)
Naturally they’re all Flash sites because I was a big Flash guy . And most of my particular knowledge came from those forums, answering other people’s questions, figuring out the answer on my own if I didn’t already know it. Problem solving was a big part in my flashucation.
Funny story about me and kirupa.com. As with the other sites, I was heavy in forum activity and thought it would be funny and try to appeal to the dweebs who kept asking to be mods - this was a thing back then, nobodies pleading to get modded. So I thought I’d play a joke by telling them there was a secret way to get mod powers. That post of me explaining that had since been deleted, but I did just find the super-secret hidden in the mods-only forum post where the mods of the time were talking about it. It starts with this (apparently I had already established myself as a prankster or troublemaker ):
Senocular is at it again!
This time he posted to others how he could have moderator status. I deleted the post, but here is what he said:
actually, I know a secret (dont tell any of the actual mods this though) but you can trick the server into thinking you’re a mod if you make a new account with your current account name sith $mod at the end of the name ie.
for me its
and then just reply to 10 posts which you created with that original name (alex) and the server will see the $mod name as a moderator user - just that your name wont appear in bold in whos online or appear in the members list as a mod because the name wasnt originally created to be a mod… but shh, dont let this out to everyone ok? It could cause disaster for ANY vBulletin forum!
I personally think we should block anyone from having a ( $ ) sign in their name for security reasons! Maybe even ban senocular for being a prick and exposing it to all these other little kids that could screw with the forums. I’m sure senocular can read this if he wanted to, here ya go senocular…
Yes, I started with “(dont tell any of the actual mods this though)” in a public posting, because, you know, that’s gonna keep it hidden. Yup, my blossoming career almost ended as soon as it started