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Title: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on October 24, 2015, 05:26:34 am
1 year ago, it happened: CodeWalrus became a thing. It was the day the walrus started to fly. While the idea was first brought up on September 6th 2011 then discussed in June 2014, it is on October 24th 2014 that this new website and forum project officially started. At the time, no official name had been chosen yet, although TI-Walrus, CalcWalrus and TI-Legacy were among the first being considered. A few days later, a name that is less calculator-centric was chosen: CodeWalrus. Then the http://codewalr.us domain name was registered. A logo and the Walrii mascot (the latter which eventually generated a fanart thread (https://codewalr.us/index.php?topic=38) of over 140 little walruses and close to 1000 replies) were designed on November 4th. The forums were finally installed on November 11th and remained mostly private, then everyone got access on January 1st 2015.

What happened next is the revival of a long-lost community past, because people wanted it back and it had become clear that the only way to bring it back was via CodeWalrus. Then CW eventually grew into an active and friendly discussion environment where there is a significant sense of community and involvement. We would like to give 24402 thanks all the contributors who have helped CodeWalrus grow over the year and helped us going through hard times. As always, we welcome site suggestions (https://codewalr.us/index.php?board=1.0) to improve and encourage everyone to share their creations (https://codewalr.us/index.php?action=forum#c2) and give feedback on others, be it calculator, mobile, other platforms or simply art. Remember that we also have an IRC channel called #codewalrus (https://codewalr.us/index.php?topic=78.0) on EFnet network (http://www.efnet.org/?module=servers). We hope for more years of CodeWalrus with you. :walrii:

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Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 years old
Post by: Max Leiter on October 24, 2015, 05:28:36 am
Kinda upset I found it so late (Thanks @Ivoah d:); happy birthday CW :)
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 years old
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on October 24, 2015, 05:19:11 pm
Lol that happens with new websites or websites that switches URL. Traffic is always low at first because people can't find us easily via Google.
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 years old
Post by: Snektron on October 24, 2015, 05:34:13 pm
Woo for CW :D  :w00t: :walrii:
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 years old
Post by: Juju on October 24, 2015, 06:18:44 pm
Well, that was quite the ride, I like how our little project became successful despite literally everything, hope it stays around for quite a while. Happy birthday!
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 years old
Post by: aeTIos on October 24, 2015, 06:26:52 pm
Eh, the first recorded chat message in the 'New site' telegram group (now bearing the very appropriate name of "Praise Karpet and James Hetfield and The Magical Python of Doom and Salvador Dali and The Game and Walrii") was sent on oct 28th, if I'm not mistaken. Happy birthday to CW anyway!

Edit: I re-read the OP and I stand corrected, indeed on oct 24 DJ first talked to me about starting a new site.
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 years old
Post by: Streetwalrus on October 24, 2015, 09:39:18 pm
Happy anniversary CW !
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: Strontium on October 25, 2015, 09:44:14 am
Happy birthday to you / happy birthday to you / happy birthday dear codewalrus / happy birthday to you!

yay!
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: DarkestEx on October 25, 2015, 10:28:26 am

Happy birthday CodeWalrus!

I hope for another awesome year here and that CW will exist for a long time.
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on October 26, 2015, 04:58:40 am
Quote from: DarkestEx on October 25, 2015, 10:28:26 am

Happy birthday CodeWalrus!

I hope for another awesome year here and that CW will exist for a long time.
I wish that this cake was more 2D so I could do a :walrii: out of it. But I could always try to make my own cake sprite then walrify it. :P

My next goals and hopes for CW is that future staff keeps the site like it is, mentality-wise, since, after all, that's a bit why the site started in the first place. I'll most likely remain CW staff and that grocery store job for the rest of my life, but if I was ever forced to step down or if anything else happened, I also want to ensure that CW continues to thrive no matter who runs it, to avoid a repeat of past events. Otherwise I hope I eventually get motivation to finish a few more calculator projects and hope that people will continue showcasing their stuff regardless of the platform.

Something I like overall is that people here are generally open-minded towards other members, regardless of the platform (calculator brand, computer OS, etc), site allegiance (if any) or programming language they use. We can joke about platforms and languages in jest or create debate topics, but I mean that no one gets singled out, which is good. I also like how involved people get in this part of the TI community: For example the Walrii fanart, the Android and PC post notifiers, programming/project help.
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: Ivoah on October 26, 2015, 12:02:00 pm
Quote from: Max Leiter on October 24, 2015, 05:28:36 am
Kinda upset I found it so late (Thanks @Ivoah d:); happy birthday CW :)


I'm glad you joined!
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: Araidia on October 26, 2015, 06:12:31 pm
Congrats on be a year old! :w00t:
Let's hope that this will be the first among many anniversaries!
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on October 27, 2015, 03:08:47 am
It will. I and @Streetwalrus are already dedicated to keep CW the way it was originally founded for and @Juju is most likely committed to keep CW as it is (by that I mean its DJ-era Omnimaga mentality from 2011 and before). I don't know about the rest of the staff such as @Cumred_Snektron and @Ivoah since they joined after the split but with the "truth about CW" thread I think they got the message. Basically, there will not be any drastic site policy/administration changes regardless of if I am part of the team or not.

The problem is my life and health have been on shaky ground for at least a year, especially lately (which is why my activity dropped so much), and I had a past history of similar events. As a result, since the beginning in October 2014 I always had to operate CodeWalrus as if I would be forced to leave at any moment, hence why I always pushed for having active staff who gives feedback to other projects when they can, even if I am sometimes annoying about that,  and elite coders who are involved in CW, over staff/EC that posts once a month or worse. CodeWalrus is here to stay as long as staff can afford to pay the hosting and domain name bills *pokes juju to stop buying several dozens of domain names every month <_<*.


EDIT: Also this song was ironically made around when CW started, although it's dedicated to a completely different and unrelated community. However, the lyrics would have fitted well with CW premise: https://albion.bandcamp.com/track/live-on-stage-edit
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: Streetwalrus on October 27, 2015, 09:21:49 am
Oh yeah, that song is nice. :)

And yeah, I'm determined to keep CW as it is as long as I'm around.
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: GalacticPirate on October 30, 2015, 02:02:04 pm
Happy 1st :walrii:-versary CW ! That's cool !
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on October 30, 2015, 06:59:03 pm
Hmm... walriiversary, that is a good idea for next year.
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on November 12, 2015, 05:23:58 am
And now this SMF 2.0 forum has been in operation for 1 year exactly today
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: Juju on November 12, 2015, 06:30:24 am
Happy forumniversary!
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: Streetwalrus on November 12, 2015, 01:18:25 pm
It's nice that we made it so far. A big thanks to everyone who contributed to the community, we couldn't have done it without you guys. Looking forward to the 1st year of public activity. :)
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: p4nix on November 12, 2015, 01:22:38 pm
You are the guys that made it so far :P Without you, the community here wouldn't exist :P I don't know about other calccommunities, but I joined here because all english/german casio forums already died and because I can't really have fun on planet-casio without being able to read french...

So thanks alot!
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: alexgt on November 12, 2015, 05:09:06 pm
Thank you staff, you guys made CW look inviting and that is what made me join the community ;)
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: Juju on November 12, 2015, 07:11:47 pm
Hehe, I'm glad we grew to this point in only one year. One year ago, we started the revolution, and I'm glad many people followed. I'd like to thank everyone of you for making this project possible.
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: Snektron on November 13, 2015, 12:11:25 am
Congrats CW :) On to many more years! :P
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: alexgt on November 13, 2015, 01:37:17 am
Quote from: Cumred_Snektron on November 13, 2015, 12:11:25 am
Congrats CW :) On to many more years! :P

And many more projects, posts, users, and stuff :)
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on November 13, 2015, 06:57:19 am
Quote from: Juju on November 12, 2015, 07:11:47 pm
One year ago, we started the revolution
Actually, the revolution almost started four years ago. I just found one old post by me on Omni, made out of anger in September 2011, mentioning that I was about to start a new calc/music forum (juju had to edit it when I calmed down and changed my mind, because I was banned for 2 weeks) O.O
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: alexgt on November 13, 2015, 06:14:20 pm
Wow, that is kinda crazy that it lead to CW (personally I am glad it did but sad it was under those circumstances :()
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on November 14, 2015, 10:07:47 am
Yeah true, although sadly it was inevitable and only a matter of time, honestly. I wish other alternatives could have been used, but it became clear at one point that they would not work out. Perhaps CW should have opened at least one year earlier, though.
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: Streetwalrus on November 14, 2015, 10:09:21 am
To be honest I didn't see any reason for us to split before last year. I was gone for a while during winter/spring in 2013/2014 though.
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on November 14, 2015, 10:24:31 am
It might be that you didn't see everything, since at first it was mainly on IRC. Reasons to split started happening by November 2013, but they didn't spread over the forums until the March 2014 upgrade. Either way, here we are now.


Edit: if we opened too early, maybe we would not have gotten the walrus idea, thus, no :walrii: O.O
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: Streetwalrus on November 14, 2015, 10:57:04 am
Well I've always been on the irc channel even when I was gone from the forums, I was still sort of active there, but I didn't really see s*** happening until a while after the forum upgrade (besides the backlash that it caused).
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: DarkestEx on November 14, 2015, 12:47:21 pm
Hopefully we will reach 2 years before the world fully explodes :/
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: Streetwalrus on November 14, 2015, 12:49:21 pm
Hahaha, you don't need to be so pessimistic. The times are hard but we'll make it. :)
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on November 14, 2015, 02:33:24 pm
What Street said. My main worry is our human rights being reduced just because of ISIS ruining them for everyone else.
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: p4nix on November 14, 2015, 11:08:32 pm
And the results of their terror. Such as more surveillance and so-called 'security'. I mean even Germanwings Flight 9525 wouldn't have happened if their were no unnecessary (not to be confused with necessary) security arrangements.
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: alexgt on November 14, 2015, 11:54:19 pm
Yeah, there can definitely be a thing as too much security <_<
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: unknownloner on November 15, 2015, 02:42:43 am
O N E Y E A R A N N I V E R S A R Y H Y P E
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on November 15, 2015, 03:01:35 am
I can't read your post... or almost <_<

Also nice to see you again :walrii:
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: unknownloner on November 15, 2015, 03:03:07 am
Y O U M E A N W R I T I N G S T U F F L I K E T H I S M A K E S I T H A R D T O R E A D ? W E I R D .
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: Araidia on November 15, 2015, 04:23:06 am
Quote from: unknownloner on November 15, 2015, 03:03:07 am
Y O U M E A N W R I T I N G S T U F F L I K E T H I S M A K E S I T H A R D T O R E A D ? W E I R D .

It's just that we're not accustomed to someone typing like that  ;D
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: Streetwalrus on November 15, 2015, 09:26:05 am
No problem reading it here. :P I can read all kinds of weird ways to type though lol.
Title: Re: CodeWalrus turns 1 year old
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on December 02, 2015, 02:34:21 am
I can too, but it's quite hard. Plus there are times where the lack of punctuation and capitalizing will lead to stuff like ExpertsExchange being misinterpreted as ExpertSexChange or worse :P