CoasterBuzz turns ten!

Posted Saturday, January 30, 2010 2:28 AM | Contributed by Jeff

CoasterBuzz was launched on January 30, 2000, and has since been visited millions of times by roller coaster enthusiasts from around the world. Here's a brief look at its evolution.

Visit the CoasterBuzz X page.

Monday, February 1, 2010 10:21 AM

My first of many online forums I became a part of... of course many of the other ones have since folded or I lost interest.

One thing that is awesome about this place is that my core group of friends that I have today are because of this site. Very cool that CBuzz is still around, despite not posting nearly as much as I did in the past.

~Rob

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Monday, February 1, 2010 12:01 PM

While I am not very active anymore, it's amazing to realize that I was one of the first CB members at the time and that my brother and I were (I think) the second farthest group who made it to that very first CB outing at KI right after Coastermania that long ago, only beaten out by a couple coming out from Fla.

It's been pretty amazing, and may CB continue for a long time to come!

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Monday, February 1, 2010 12:28 PM

You can see when your account was created if you click on your name in the forum. Greg, your sign-up is 2/1/2000, so you must have been busy the first day. :) Scott, yours is 1/13/2000, probably because you helped get some of the basics into the coaster database.

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Monday, February 1, 2010 1:32 PM

I don't think my sign-up is accurate. I think it was deleted and recreated at some point. I think I've been visiting since 2001. 7 years since "What happened to Coasterbuzz"??!

Hey, I'd REALLY like to know why Chitown was booted!

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Monday, February 1, 2010 1:34 PM

Yikes - that's when I was still up in Michigan. Now I feel really old :)

I see from the link for my account info that I'm id# 11. How many registered users have there been over the years?

Last edited by ShiveringTim, Monday, February 1, 2010 1:38 PM
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Monday, February 1, 2010 1:43 PM

Well over 33,000. Back in the day, I used to do a lot of "cleaning" of inactive accounts, but I let stuff just kind of hang out now. The next time the site is rebuilt, I may nuke inactive accounts after some number of years.

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Monday, February 1, 2010 5:03 PM

Jeff said:
I also have an unworn original GTTP shirt. What a hassle what stuff was, having it printed and distributed myself and all.

I still have one of those too!! :)

Jo
Lifetime Raptor flights: 2175 :)

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Monday, February 1, 2010 9:34 PM

Congratulations! Quite an accomplishment (and I have been around 6 of those years, though haven't posted much).

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Monday, February 1, 2010 10:36 PM

Haven't posted in a LOOOONG time... but wanted to say Congratulations, Jeff! 10 years is an incredible achievement... although a bitter reminder that time can move WAAAAAAY too fast!

nick

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010 1:31 AM

Jeff said:


I still have a virgin yellow CB shirt................What a hassle what stuff was, having it printed and distributed myself and all.

I still have my bright yellow shirt. I have not worn it in in about 4-5 years ( I was a big boi back then) but I do remember when it was delivered all the postage labels were handwritten. I remember thinking to myself, dang, he sits and write all these orders by hand.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010 10:32 AM

Jeff, comngrats on building a great site & helping nuture a fun-loving community. Here's to another 10 fun & wonderful years!

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010 12:35 PM

While I don't feel like I'm a regular part of the community here and I rarely post, I have been around since 2004. I enjoy dropping in a couple of times a day and seeing what's going on.

The level of conversation here is above any other forum I have been a member of. I have laughed, cried, ranted and raved along with everyone else on this board. That says something about this site and both the person who runs it, and those who populate it.

Thanks for the ride, Jeff. Thanks to the community as a whole. Here's to another 10!

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010 5:02 PM

In my opinion, the best move of the decade was making the news forum sort by most recent activity. I remember looking at the news and posting in the topics and thinking, "How the heck am I going to remember to check this thread when it goes to die on page 2?'

Last edited by ApolloAndy, Tuesday, February 2, 2010 5:03 PM
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Tuesday, February 2, 2010 5:35 PM

Yeah, there was always an integration issue there. The problem on the old site had to do with some seriously broken content management issues. Now, the forum simply knows to fetch an associated news item and put it as the first "post." You can still get at news from the news section though, outside of the forum.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010 6:18 PM

May Coasterbuzz continue to live long and prosper.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010 8:14 PM

Jeff said:
You can see when your account was created if you click on your name in the forum. Greg, your sign-up is 2/1/2000, so you must have been busy the first day. :)

Duh -- I forgot about that. You're right that I must have been busy the first day, because I know I was involved early on -- I can remember helping you behind the scenes way back then (you've since long since eclipsed my meager web knowledge, I'm still an old-school C++/Java/Perl type :) )

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010 10:15 PM

I still have a lot of respect for people who can deal in C++. I think they get far less done, but respect them nevertheless. :) But yeah, late 2000 was the point where it was obvious that I had to learn object oriented programming, and frankly I didn't know many people who did it back then. Weird also that now I work at the mothership, many years after you did.

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Friday, February 5, 2010 2:43 AM

Happy belated birthday Coasterbuzz! Thanks for the hard work Jeff and to everyone else here in the buzz community!

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