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« Topic Start: December 13, 2010, 05:00:09 pm »

Today is the thirteenth anniversary of the day The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum opened for posting!

Thirteen years ago  -- after three frustrating days when only Elspeth, Ann (Empireone), and myself could post -- The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum opened its doors to the general public on the Delphi online service. This was before it was known as Delphiforums and back when user forums, then known as "Custom Forums" had a presence on both the paid Delphi Online Service (in wonderful a pure text/command line like environment) and on their new free Web forum version. The forum was an instant success with 60 or 70 messages posted that December and hitting 1000 messages within six months or so. That's 1000 messages total, not 1000 messages a month.

The Cauldron was started as a Yule gift from me to Elspeth -- you had to pay Delphi for forums back then (six months in advance). It was staffed by Elspeth, Ann, and myself with an able assist from our friends from the dying GEnie Online Service. We started a web site for the forum in the web space I got with my Delphi account in January of 1998, although we did not get domain name for a couple of years.

Our forum has done well in the years that followed, although TC has had to move around a lot. From Delphi to a mailing list. Then back to Delphiforums (Delphi's new name). When Delphi's poor service and pricing got to be too much to much in early 2004, Bob offered us server space and we moved to our own site. First with Beehive's Delphiforums-like software (two incarnations), then (very reluctantly) to SMF early in 2007 when it became apparent that Beehive software just could not meet the needs of this forum. Bob's server gave up the ghost in 2008 and we had to move to our own Linode VPS. The first time in our existence that have had to pay a monthly bill for the message board. Fortunately, our members have stepping up and are donating every month to make continuing this board possible. As the SMF software is have problems, we may be moving to another forum software in 2011 -- at least these time we should be able to take the current messages with us.

It has been a very interesting 13 years. Sometimes it has been interesting in the "may you live in interesting times" sense of "interesting," but mostly it has been interesting in the good sense of the word. Lyricfox and I met through TC and married over five and a half years ago. We all made many new friends via TC. It's also been a lot of work. Work which has been shared with our staff members -- without them, this forum would not be here today. This is especially true this last few years as the hosts have been dealing with cancer and have not been nearly as active on the board as we had been in the past. However, the reason The Cauldron's message board is still here isn't the Hosts or the staff, it's our members: the wonderful people reading this message (and now funding the monthly server costs). Without you, this forum would be a ghostly place haunted by memories of discussions past.

It's been a great thirteen years. In "Internet time" we are as ancient as the dinosaurs, but we are still here, still doing our thing, and still enjoying ourselves doing it. We have great plans for The Cauldron's 13th year and we hope you will join us and help make them happen. With any luck, these plans will work out better than our plans for this last year did. Oh well, you win some and you lose some, but just being around 13 years is a big win. Thanks for being along for the ride!
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« Reply #1: December 13, 2010, 05:33:06 pm »

Today is the thirteenth anniversary of the day The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum opened for posting!

Happy anniversary and many more! Thanks, guys, for providing this place for us all to gather and shoot our mouths off (and even sometimes listen...I've learned lots here...)
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« Reply #2: December 13, 2010, 07:12:18 pm »



TO-GA! TO-GA! TO-GA!

*cough*

I mean . . . Wow, it's been THAT long? Well done, ALL of you! I've been here for probably 11 of those 13, starting when I was Wiccish, through my no-longer-Wiccish-not-sure-what-I-am phase, to my still-nascent-four-years-later Tibetan Buddhist time. All through those years, TC has been here--and a source of information and support. You guys were the best when I lost my mom two years ago. I still smile when I remember telling her that people were pouring blessings down on her like water--and she quipped "So that's why I'm wet half the time!"

You're the BEST. ALL of you.

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« Reply #3: December 13, 2010, 07:55:43 pm »


Happy birthday, TC, and many many more! And a great big thanks to the amazing staff and regulars who make it the awesome place it is. Though I may be here sporadicly at best, TC will always be home.
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« Reply #4: December 13, 2010, 08:16:32 pm »

Today is the thirteenth anniversary of the day The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum opened for posting!

And I just noticed that I was only ten when this forum started up.  Or maybe I have noticed it before and I keep forgetting.....

*watches as other posters begin to feel old and retreat into a corner*

Anyway, I've been here for six of those thirteen years and I can't wait until next year when I can say that I've been here for half of TC's existence.
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« Reply #5: December 13, 2010, 08:32:06 pm »

Today is the thirteenth anniversary of the day The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum opened for posting!

Happy birthday, TC.  I wish that Ann and Elspeth were here to celebrate with us.

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« Reply #6: December 13, 2010, 11:49:46 pm »



*pops open champagne*

Woohoo! Happy Birthday TC! 13 years is a LONG time in internet age! I've only been here for 3.5, right after the move to SMF.
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« Reply #7: December 13, 2010, 11:57:11 pm »

Woohoo! Happy Birthday TC! 13 years is a LONG time in internet age! I've only been here for 3.5, right after the move to SMF.

Happy Anniversary, the Cauldron!  Thanks to all the mods and hosts and staff for all their hard work.
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« Reply #8: December 14, 2010, 02:29:23 am »

Today is the thirteenth anniversary of the day The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum opened for posting!

Happy birthday TC! I've only been here for just over 13 months, but I've loved every minute of it. Thanks to all staff of every level for keeping it going and please, keep it going!

(Also, thanks to Mel for reminding me that I am 13 years older than he is!)

Is it me or are there lots of number 13's in this post? Huh
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« Reply #9: December 14, 2010, 04:42:18 am »

And I just noticed that I was only ten when this forum started up.  Or maybe I have noticed it before and I keep forgetting.....

*watches as other posters begin to feel old and retreat into a corner*

Anyway, I've been here for six of those thirteen years and I can't wait until next year when I can say that I've been here for half of TC's existence.

I would've been 7 and a half. ..... Wooow. Cheesy

Gosh, I remember when I first started coming here. Profile says it'll be 4 years come April. I was still kind of in that Wiccish phase, completely amazed that other people were doing these things that were so different from the only other pagan forum I had been frequenting, and getting so tired about the constant repeat questions and no one every really talking about anything. I also remember being totally amazed in learning that most modern forum software could totally handle double-posting, and that it was pretty much an urban myth that it was any more taxing than regular posts. Those things totally changed my world, for some reason. Cheesy

Thank you for making this place, and for keeping it open and relatively sane these 13 years. Smiley
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« Reply #10: December 14, 2010, 05:52:21 am »

Today is the thirteenth anniversary of the day The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum opened for posting!


Happy (slightly belated because yesterday was crazy Internet-access-wise) birthday to us!
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« Reply #11: December 14, 2010, 08:11:49 am »

Happy birthday, TC.  I wish that Ann and Elspeth were here to celebrate with us.

So do I. There absence makes me feel very old.
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« Reply #12: December 14, 2010, 08:21:22 am »

Today is the thirteenth anniversary of the day The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum opened for posting!

Oh wow, I had no idea TC had been around that long!  I've been here but a few months, but TC is slowly becoming my new internet home.  Thank you all for the input you've compiled here in those 13 years, you've truly made TC a rare gem of the internet.  Smiley
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« Reply #13: December 14, 2010, 10:00:24 am »

Today is the thirteenth anniversary of the day The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum opened for posting!

 Shocked That's at least a thousand in Internet years, isn't it?

Happy anniversary, TC!  Thank you Randall, Lyric, staff, volunteers, and posters for making this such a remarkable and wonderful resource.  May the next thirteen be just as wonderful!
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« Reply #14: December 14, 2010, 10:10:14 am »

Today is the thirteenth anniversary of the day The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum opened for posting!

Happy anniversary!

I may not post much, but I come here and read every day. I've learned so much from the people on this site. I can't tell you how much TC has helped me. Thank you Randall, and everyone, for everything you do here!
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