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Re: Introduction+history For My Last Post

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by kriminaal, Dec 19, 2019.

  1. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

    For those of you whom don't know.
    I believe its been 2 years now since HerpCenter's founder, creator, genius, Rich Brooks passed away.
    Unfortunately taking with him the keys to the kingdom so to speak.
    With all the privacy laws now (and for good reason) we have been very unsuccessful at getting any access to this site. Once paid subscriptions become due, it will cease to exist.
    Kind of a sad slow death to the site.

    So likely this will be my last post and I figured I'd re-introduce myself and a little History on the site.

    The site was opened in early 2005. Merlin whom is still around, was here at the beginning. It was actually 2 forums then, Herp Center and Herp Habitats.
    Which is probably self-explaining.
    I began as a Moderator on Herp Habitats in 2006, due to my knowledge of building and general good nature,lol I live in Southern Ontario Canada and have been a cabinetmaker since 1989.

    A bit of a joke, but from the get go Rich wanted Herp Center to be a great place for all reptile enthusiasts.
    As Moderators we were to enforce the rules members agreed to such as no profanity, no fighting, no text slang.
    Having members from a very young age to members where their first language wasn't English. This was to be a safe place for all.

    Moderating definitely wasn't all fun and games. For a period of time Rich has installed a "moderating calculator" of sorts. Which kept track off how much actual moderating we were doing. This type of moderating was fixing posts for grammar, spelling and general easy reading ability.
    Rich was serious about this and had actually upgraded the Spell Check feature to make sure it caught as much as possible.
    Bots didn't last long as well, it would be very rare to see a spam post from that upgraded feature blocking them as well.

    We also checked as many posts as possible for accuracy on any reptile advice that was given. Sometimes members wanted to feel important by giving out advice that they just found on the internet. Often unchecked on other forums, we would "flag" it to a moderator who had the most experience in that area for checking.

    Among all the moderators we had quite a wealth of information and with this we begun writing good care sheets that had accurate advise. Then simply directed many questions to those care sheets.

    Rich had created a separate Care website to house these. The link is still on this site but the website is off-line now. Another testament to how much work Rich has put into this website.

    I was going through some our HC staff posts and there is so much history in them I have to admit was pretty sad to realize when the site goes down how much will be lost.
    Met so many people both as staff and regular members whom have helped out so much over the years to get this forum to be the best reptile forum out there. I can proudly say we were the best before our slow demise.

    As well as stopping people from making those all too often IMPULSE buys. Or talking someone out of buying a caiman, anaconda or often too popular savannah monitor.

    Even now, the wealth of information we can see guests accessing on a daily basis even when no one is posting anymore is amazing. But that too will all be gone.

    SO a big thanks to all who helped and make this site so great.
    Will most of us be forgotten for this endeavor? Sure! But we didn't do it for a pat on the back anyway.
    We did it to give reptiles the best chance of survival possible. So MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

  2. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Well said Mike. I have been thinking about just such a post but just haven't been able to do it. Maybe hoping against hope that we would be able to get things rolling again. But I am starting to accept that it is not to be. I think one of the things that disturbs me is the amount of information that will be lost.
    I have been honored to have been a part of this creation. I seriously doubt that we will see it's like again.

    So thank you to you and the rest of the staff as well as our members who made this the best, safest family friendly site on the web. It breaks my heart to see it end this way.

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