What first brought you here?

  Forum Editor 17:42 PM 20 Jun 11
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Driving back to the office this afternoon I got to wondering - how did you first become involved with our forum?

I'm not asking when, but how - what first brought you to the PCA site, was it because you read about it in the magazine, heard about it from someone, or did you come here as a result of a Google search, or a link on another web-site? Perhaps you can't remember, it was so long ago?

If you can remember I would like to hear about it. I'm also interested to discover how many women take part in forum activities, but I do not in any way want to intrude on anyone's right to privacy - obviously there's no need to tell me if you would rather not; It's simply a matter of personal interest on my part.

  birdface 10:04 AM 21 Jun 11

Had problems with my computer and tried a few other Sites on the Web before landing on this site.

Being a newbie to computers I was having difficulty understanding what I was being told to do.

So ended up on the PCA site where everything was explained better for me to understand, and have been here ever since.

You learn something new every day.

I must admit since the new Web Site opened things have got a lot more difficult and I find it harder to use.

Still have lots of members who do not know how to use the Hyperlink so maybe bring back the copy and paste and make life easier for us oldies.

  rdave13 10:21 AM 21 Jun 11

Joined after buying the magazine and got hooked.

  johndrew 10:45 AM 21 Jun 11

I had been buying the magazine on and off for some time before I purchased my first Wintel machine and became a member of the online fraternity. It seemed a natural progression to join the PCA online as I was, by then, subscribed to the magazine.

  HondaMan 12:16 PM 21 Jun 11

I have been here longer than I care to remember. I was looking for help with a Windows problem and found this site through a search engine, Google, I think. Been here ever since!

  Macscouse 12:49 PM 21 Jun 11

I only joined to keep an eye on Bingalau and Brumas, and to ensure that they took their medication.

  Crosstrainer2 14:40 PM 21 Jun 11

I first joined in (FE will Know) when living the other side of Cardiff In around 2000? I was looking for a decent PC based forum, and PCW fit the bill exactly. I later became a magazine subscriber and active participant here.

Have just returned to the site!

  Brumas 14:44 PM 21 Jun 11

Macscouse, It’s good to see that the staff at Broadmoor were forward thinking when they finally realised that access to a computer would be beneficial and contribute to your long term rehabilitation ;o}}

  Crosstrainer2 14:55 PM 21 Jun 11

Brumas: It's good to see the banter hasn't changed LOL are you three STILL at it?

  Sapins 15:54 PM 21 Jun 11

This question has caused me to look up when I "arrived" and I find that it is my 10th. anniversary next month. I found the forum from a copy of the magazine which I bought and I have, honestly, never looked for another PC Forum which I think would be a waste of time. These forums do what they say on the tins. I will never change my name as I have gotten quite attached to it. I'll use this thread to say a word of thanks to those responsible for keeping the forums running and everyone who has helped me and I hope I have been able to help some members as well.

  Forum Editor 16:55 PM 21 Jun 11

sunnystaines

"*FE How did you end up being FE here on PCA?*"

It's a long story, but to cut it short.....

I joined the forum when it was first launched, and rapidly became hooked. In those far off days there were relatively few of us, and we mainly seemed to indulge in late night discussions - setting the world to rights, as you do.

After a few months of that we were invaded (for want of a better word) by a group of people whose main object in life seemed to be to disrupt proceedings as much as possible with offensive personal comments and unacceptable language. A few of us tried to calm things down, but it went from bad to worse, and one day, out of the blue, I was contacted by PCA with a proposal - would I be prepared to act as a behind the scenes moderator?

The idea was that I would have the ability to delete posts and ban people, but nobody would know it was me - I was a ghost FE if you like.

That seemed to work fairly well, but it became more and more difficult to maintain the subterfuge, and - again out of the blue - I was asked if I would take the forums on as a permanent Forum Editor, whilst still running my 'other' business life as an IT consultant. I said yes, thinking that it would be an interesting project for a few months; a year at most.

That was over ten years ago, and you know the rest.

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