Thank you for visiting phpBBHacks.com.
Today, 11 years ago, I launched phpBBHacks.com. It is time for a change. It is time for me to step back and to allow someone else to lead this great community.
This is really tough for me because I love this community so much and I am so proud of it. So tough. When I came up with the idea for phpBBHacks.com, it is an idea that came out of need. I have been a user of the phpBB software for even longer than 11 years. I liked it and liked customizing it, but there was no organized directory of hacks. So, I made one. And it grew and became the largest unofficial resource dedicated to the software.
To get to where we are, it took a long time, a lot of hard work and a chunk of my life. Along the way, we faced some interesting and unfortunate challenges. I always worked to shield the community from it and I think I earned a master's degree in the politics of open source projects. In the end, the people who were rooting against us, as powerful as they might have been in the phpBB community, failed. I think I just outlasted all of them. Heh. phpBBHacks.com is a part of the history of phpBB.
Realistically, though, it was never about any of that stuff. Since day 1, phpBBHacks.com has always been dedicated to two groups of people: authors of hacks, styles and customizations and the users of the phpBB software. We care about those two groups and that is what has guided the management of this community for 11 years. We have always had a great relationship with them and that relationship is what makes this community what it is.
I've really accomplished everything that I set out to accomplish with this community and I have great memories. It is time for me to grow and to take on the next thing. I didn't come to this realization quickly, but after a long, extended period of thought. Not days, not weeks, not even months. phpBBHacks.com has been a part of my life for so long that it is a bit of a shock to think of myself as not being involved with it. But, when I got past that shock, my next thought turned to this question: with me gone, what happens next to phpBBHacks.com?
The natural thing to do would be to sell it to someone who would take care of it. If you don't know, running my network of sites, including this one, is my full time thing. I don't have a full time team of people, just me. It takes a lot of time to responsibly manage a website like this one. When I thought about selling it to someone, I then thought about the types of people and companies who might be interested. At that point, I realized that the only people I could think of, that might be able to make a reasonable offer, are probably people who would not have the passion for it that I would like and, perhaps, would run it into the ground. Whatever amount of money I might receive, that would hurt me, personally.
So, what should I do with this 11 year old website that I have dedicated all of this time to, that offers so much value? Do I close it? I didn't want to do that. My thoughts then turned to the possibility of giving it to someone that I trusted. Someone that I felt would not only keep it on track, but would take it to new places, make it better and be passionate about doing so. As I thought about different people, one name jumped out to me: Jeremy Rogers, also known as Thoul.
There are a few big reasons why Jeremy was the best choice. He has made tremendous contributions to the phpBB community through phpBBHacks.com. Massive contributions enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people. He's done so with a kind spirit and a great approach to helping others. That is a vital trait. Jeremy was also a member of my Support Team for a long time and, most importantly of all traits, he gets it. He gets this community. He saw me, first hand, running it for many years. He understands and respects the history of this community, which is what makes it special, and he is a part of that history.
I offered him all that is phpBBHacks.com - the website, content, domain names, everything. He accepted. To help with the transition on both ends, I will stick around for a month and a half or so to support Jeremy. I will keep the ad revenue for a while, to help me move on, and I will continue to host this community as part of the iFroggy Network for at least 9 months, in order to remove the burden of hosting expense from Jeremy. After I leave staff, in a month and a half or so, I will be available to Jeremy to help in any way that I can, on an advisory level. But, I have made clear to him that I want him to take this community as his own from this day forward and to make it bigger and better than it ever has been before.
From this moment, phpBBHacks.com is no longer my website to manage. It is his.
I decided not to sell phpBBHacks.com because I care about the legacy of this community. I care about its future. I am giving it to Jeremy because I believe he is the one who will make that future great. I have shared with him what my plans were for it and where I think it can go from here and can't wait to see what he will bring to the table and how he will put his mark on phpBBHacks.com. I have complete confidence in him. Please welcome him to this new role, be patient as he familiarizes himself with it and treat him with the same respect that you have shown me.
I don't want this to be too sad or anything. I will still be around here and there and you can always reach me online. This community will always be a part of me and I will always be a part of it. I have built long term lasting relationships and friendships with people, thanks to this community, and I look forward to continuing those. For anyone who would like to keep up with me elsewhere, I'd love to continue to stay in touch. You can find me at the following places:
I'd like to take a moment to thank everyone who has supported me, and this community, over the last 11 years. It is impossible to thank everyone individually and the closest I could come was probably my 10th anniversary thoughts
. That list, and what I said in that article, applies just as much today as it did a year ago. That said, I would like to thank some people individually, in this post.
I have been very fortunate to have had a number of great and loyal people join my staff and help me to do the things that we've been able to do here.
They have played an instrumental part in the success of the site. Thank you Jared W. Smith
(Jared here in the forums) - your support and unwavering friendship has meant more to me than I can express. Thank you Jeremy (Thoul) - for being a visible, important part of this community for so long, for always being loyal to the ideals that we share and for continuing the mission.
Thank you Frank Clemens (Acid), Brandon Levan (Triumvirate), Thomas Rutter (mmj), Vincent Grouls (FB-ke), Scott Stubblefield (Scott), Marc Philpott (McPhilly), Billy Sauls (Nivisec), Jamie Jackson (Zarath), Tanner Smith (Tanner), Ryan Zieno (Truestar) and Dimitri Seitz (Dwing). You've all been so great.
There have been so many great phpBB hack, template, style and graphic authors that I have had the pleasure of getting to know over the years. I really value these relationships. If you have ever listed your work here, I'd like to thank you for believing in us and believing in the value and importance of third party resources. It means so much to me that you trusted us with your great work.
There have been so many great members of our forums who have kindly helped others. I have always been proud of our forums and the manner in which people help others - kind, helpful, respectful. It's about pointing people to the right resource, not telling them to look somewhere else or to search. I am very thankful to everyone who has kindly assisted another member in our forums.
We have always enjoyed a great connection with international phpBB sites. I'd like to thank phpBB.de (Philip Mayer, who was so nice to me when I launched this site - I never forgot that, and Sascha Carlin), phpBB.ro, phpBB.cz, phpBB Turkey, phpBB-fr.com (Jester), phpBB-TW.net, phpBBservice.nl (Raimon), phpBB Portugal, phpBBpersian.com (Ali@php) and others. Keep building great resources for your communities.
Thank you to the phpBB Group and everyone who has worked to develop the phpBB software and bring the phpBB community in a positive direction. Thank you to Meik Sievertsen (Acyd Burn), Frank Feingol, Doug Kelly and Nils Adermann.
Any list of people that I thank will be incomplete (please refer to the 10th anniversary
page for a longer list). But, on my way out, in particular, I would like to thank Niels Christian Rød (Niels Chr. Denmark), Karsten Ude (OXPUS), Pierre Roge (Ptirhiik), Heiko Carstens (lefty74), Wicher van der Hoek (Wicher), Nicolas Coustures (Abble CoSa NoStrA), Ayman Abdallah (kber), Ken F. Innes IV (primehalo), Hoang Ngoc Tu (Smartor), dav.bo, Igor Wiedler (igorw), Rodney Angell (~HG~), Vjacheslav Trushkin, Adam Roberts, Nathan Guse (EXreaction), Jim Wigginton (TerraFrost), Nick Mahon, John McKernan (JohnMcK), Shea Layton (JSLStudios), Rick Howland (Ricky_Racer), Quiff Boy, Syren, Daniel Carroll (Lightninghawk), FuNEnD3R, AmigaLink, Niekas, Christian Knerr (CBACK), gokin, Pigne, Kenny Cameron (cherokee red), Craig Armstrong, Felix Mueller (femu), Swipesy, Jalal Noureddine, Spinebuster, AngusThermopile, battye, Daniel St. Jules, Andrew Charron, Ishimaru Design, Bill Sturgell, Mighty Gorgon, Kooky, ErDrRon, Sko22, Nuttzy99, RC-Technologies, Jakob Persson, spyka, Elglobo, Richard Fitzgerald (fitz), Derek Ashauer, Sylver Cheetah54, A.J. Quick, Maëvah, Hotschi, RustyDragon, Christian Bullock, lithosphere, _Vinny_, Dustin Baccetti, Theonaute (Romain K.), ABDev, Rickey Gu, Vladimir Sokolov, Morgyanne, A_Jelly_Doughnut, Ramona Iftode (dojo), lumpy burgertushie, Dogs and Things, Bobsnox, Big Boards, Hot Scripts, Stoyan Stefanov, Reuben Regier, Packt Publishing, Apress, Tom Beddard, Matt Wade, Douglas Paterson, Stephan Segraves, Chrispian Burks and Brandon Eley.
As silly as it may sound, I'd like to thank my family and my parents for enabling me to do what I love. When I started this community, I was 15 and I was on the family computer. I was kind of a computer hog, but they gave me the opportunity to play around with this stuff and 11 years later, here we are.
And I think that is everything I want to say. It's been a great run and I'm thankful for all of you. Let's keep in touch. Jeremy, it's your turn now.