Some History on Message BoardsNo score for this post
|December 21 2005, 9:51 PM |
As posted by a Mod on the WHL Message Board------------------
The very first junior hockey message board that I am aware of was founded in 1995 called "Puck Talk" sponsored by the Canoe media company. By happenstance, I was the first person ever to post there under the handle "WHL Fanatic". Each individual message was read by a Canoe moderator before actually being posted so it typically took 24-48 hours for new posts to appear and threads would develop very slowly. At first "Puck Talk" included a blend of posters from the WHL, OHL and the QMJHL but around 1996 or 1997 Canoe split the forum into three separate league-specific forums. One of the best and most prolific posters at the time went under the handle "Tell It As It Is"; he now posts under the handle "Glen".
Around 1997 a company called "Netbabbler" started offering free online forums in formats such as this one. A fan of the OHL who went under the handle of "Shooter" created a WHL forum which came to be known as the "Gray Board" because of the background color. With the benefit of instant posting of messages without a 24-48 hour wait, posters from Canoe's "Puck Talk" quickly migrated to the new Gray Board on Netbabbler. In the late 1990s Microsoft acquired Netbabbler and re-named all the forums "Network54", though I'm not sure if Microsoft is still the owner. Some of the great posters from the days of the Gray Board that are still around include HOMER, GCG, Ferrari, Bfa, TCA Fan, Kamfan, EZMONY, along with many others.
Unfortunately, Shooter was apparently the only moderator of the Gray Board and he dropped out of sight some time in late 1998 or early 1999. Throughout 1999, the Gray Board gradually deteriorated into a cesspool of trolling, flaming, and personal attacks. It went so far that someone violated a poster's privacy by publishing their real name, address and telephone number. Finally, Glen got fed up and took it upon himself to create this board on October 25 1999. Since then, there has been a large growth of WHL-related message boards including team-specific boards for every team in the league. Nevertheless, this specific board has continued to see large year-to-year growth in the number of posts, unique visitors and page views. Personally, I get a lot of enjoyment out of this forum and I have been a moderator here since 2001, reading virtually every post since then.
Posted on Dec 21, 2005, 9:34 AM
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