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    Well since you guys are disappointed in my short and sweet story, I'll make it more elaborate and excuse me but its everywhere. It is poorly written and I just woke up. -_-'

    I've been on the Internet ever since I was 8 years old. My first computer I ever had was an old IBM with a Pentium 3 processor. I broke it several times in which case I fixed it myself due to the desperation of being on the computer and chatting on AOL with random strangers. Later on I was banned from AOL for talking shit in which case I moved on to Earthlink and finally Comcast. When I was almost 9 years old I started designing sites for fun using Geocities in which case I was just playing around with but was really not too good at it. On top of all of this I loved playing video games. My first console was a Sega Genesis and I remember the first game my mom bought me was Road Rash. When I was 10 I was really into the whole Pokemon thing for years to come. I was perhaps the youngest Member Plus on MSN Games in which case I use to play Age of Empires a lot. I have a pretty deep gaming background.

    I did get into the whole DJ'ing thing as well when I was 14 -16. I even DJ'ed at a few clubs and plenty of birthday parties when I was 17 and 18. At that same time, I was still into the whole web development thing. I've played around with almost every programming language you can think of yet none of them I have mastered. I've played around with almost every forum there is out there including enterprise ones like Jive.

    To be honest, I have no interest in Social Media. The whole Twitter and Instagram thing to me are lame. Facebook is just as lame only I do have family on there that I talk to every now and then that want to hang out. I see them for networking purposes which is cool, I guess, but it really doesn't excite me too much.

    I'm a pretty laid back guy, I don't really talk much and I don't get upset too often. I dress pretty casual and neutral most of the time. My favorite color is black although some people don't consider it an actual color. If you ask me a question expect a direct blunt response with no sugar coated bullshit. I believe I was put on this planet with a purpose - which is what I am still trying to figure out to this day. I am not religious at all - I think it's a joke. I'm always asked to go to church, but I see no real purpose besides getting out the house. The fact that I get pressured in going makes me not want to go even more. I see certain people that are so into going to change their lives but as soon as that door opens for them to leave they are the same person nonetheless.

    Smoking weed makes me lazy and drinking makes me tired. I only drink Almond Milk, none of that dairy shit...

    Well thats all I have for now. Theres more, like my college experience, and having a child for the first time. 👍

    You were probably expecting more talks on my design background and such. Well it says introduce yourself so I think that was more than enough.

  • I'm Josh, from UK.

    Got a BSc in Digital Forensics and currently working for an IT company that provides internet, CCTV, Support, network installations. A bit of a do it all company.
    Used to be into PSP hacking codes the same as @Schamper but only with a plugin developed for the PSP, tried to get into MIPS but didn't really have the heart to get my head around it.

    I have some general knowledge about webdev, programming, servers, and tech as a whole but nothing specific.

    Games don't really do much for me any more but I think thats because i may be getting to old for gaming, 23 isnt too old is it?

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    @Scuzz, I'd love to get back into some AoK, if @trevor's interested... 😉

    The 4-pack is just $60... maybe we could get an informal group going and buy it as a group 😄

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    @psychobunny said:

    Congrats in advanced 🙂 And you have a parrot, that's amazing. Maybe we should make it NodeBB's mascot 😛

    Thanks for the congrats!

    We could do that. I'll take a picture of her and post it.


    When I was 10 I was really into the whole Pokemon thing for years to come.

    I'm the same age as you and I am still into pokemon. XD But I can only stand up to Gen 2. After that they just got really weird looking and not so cool anymore.

  • @julian I'd be down. I used to play AoE when i was like 14 or so, I loved AoM! played that loads when i was younger.

  • Chris - also from Canada. I've been into computers since before I have memories as I'd always use my neighbours or parents friends whenever we visited.I got my first computer when I was probably around 6 or so. IBM Aptiva, Pentium 166 with 16MB of ram with a 1.6GB hard drive. It had that awful Mwave combo modem/soundcard 😞

    From then on almost my entire life was/has been spent on a computer. I was on IRC by the time I was 9, and writing mIRC scripts when I was 11 and it kind of just escalated from there. My only other interest other than computers is cars as well as car audio. I compete in the former every year for sound quality. I guess I'm kind of interested in my wifey as well. And my dog.

    I have lots of interests in this industry and there just isn't enough time in the day. Over the past 10 years or so I've started a few companies which are all doing well to this day (but not well enough that I am writing this on a beach somewhere). We do on site IT support for business (we primarily support mac/pc combo offices since no one else can) with one, we do webhosting with another (shared, vps, and dedicated). I do web design and we offer web development with another company. I love all things tech and this industry because it moves so fast that you can never really get bored.

    I don't really do much personally, I spend most of the time working. The only games I play are MMO's and I've played them all and I've played them all to the end. Currently raiding in WoW while I wait for the release of WildStar and hoping that WildStar is as good as the betas have felt. Sometimes I go to movies.

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    @julian said:

    @Scuzz, I'd love to get back into some AoK, if @trevor's interested... 😉

    The 4-pack is just $60... maybe we could get an informal group going and buy it as a group 😄

    Count me in!

  • I'm Nicolas, a developer freelance from France. I'm 32, married and 2 children. I speak little (bad) English, that's why I participate little in the forum but I read you regulary 🙂

    I develop websites and manage dedicated servers (Linux) since 2001, I developed mostly PHP but since I tasted NodeJS I make only JS 🚡
    Now I develop multiplayers games and I addicted to caffeine and Spotify (as many developers ).

    Oh! ... and me too a day I will go live in Canada 😄

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    @Nicolab You should definitely visit Montréal! It is by far my favourite city in all of Canada (not that I have been to many places...). There is always something happening, some festival or other. 🎊 🎈

    ... plus they speak French, but Quebécois French, not Parisian French 😄

  • @Nicolab Bonjour! J'ai appris français pendant quelques mois, et de programmation pour moins. Française est belle, comme la programmation.

  • @julian said:

    You should definitely visit Montréal! It is by far my favourite city in all of Canada (not that I have been to many places...). There is always something happening, some festival or other.

    ... plus they speak French, but Quebécois French, not Parisian French

    It seems yes, friends greatly appreciated Montreal and Quebec !
    The accent of the Quebecécois is close to the accent of the old French

  • @Kamal-Patel Hey! 🙂

  • The user base (and developer base) is much younger for NodeBB than any of the other forums I've seen. Result: much more laid back. Faster development (or is that node?).

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    Really? It seems much older than what I am use to. I'd say for the most part the developers and the users of most forum scripts land at an average of 18. But I could be way off on that assessment. It sure would be nice to take a survey to know for sure.

  • @HolyPhoenix Here's more detail, from my admittedly limited experience. I'd be interested to see the younger ones you've run into.

    Discourse: lead developer is 40-something, team average is 30-40. User base is the same average, although some younger.

    Q2A: old lead developer is probably 40 or so, new developer is the same. User base is highly international with some language barrier because of that.

    Vanilla: user base averages 30-35

    Askbot: developer is 30s or 40s, not many frequent posters in community forum.

    OSQA: not many regular users or development, so likely older

    Moot.it: not sure, but could be younger. However not forum with similar functions as the rest

    phpBB, vb, xenforo, etc: pretty large developer bases and user bases, spread between wide age ranges, averages 25-40 maybe? Lots of old school forum users though.

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    Hmmmm.... Things have really changed then. I suppose that makes sense since forums are more of an old-school thing.

    Lately I've spent all of my forum time with Mybb. I think many of their developers still tend to be quite young. I believe back when I started up using forums phpbb and several others (not the paid vb and IPB) were developed mostly by people 18-20. Maybe things have just aged more than I thought. Or maybe people appear younger to me online than they actually are in real life.

  • It's kinda like when you graduate from college, then a few years go by and you're like "We're not old...are we???". Then a few more years go by and everyone who was 18-20 in your head is suddenly mid 30s. Mybb does seem a little bit more "hip".

  • I'm from Ireland, I'm in High school at the moment I will be studying computer science this September at Uni. From a young age I have been running different communities on the web, some more successful than others. I have always had a passion for marketing and design, but decided that I want to study computer science because I always have ideas for new projects but I can't do much with my html skills 🙂

    I have been learning php on codeacademy (to get familiar). If anyone recommends any php books let me know

    K peace out bye 😛

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    I'm Brian. I guess compared to most of you guys I'm a bit of a lurker 😄

    I've just relocated to San Francisco from San Diego working as a developer for an enterprise community software company called Lithium. Kinda followed my girlfriend up here but I have family and friends up here too that I'm reconnecting with.

    I've been in California my whole life but after graduating in '12 from UCSD (comp sci) I went travelling in Europe and Asia. I used to go to Mexico a few times a year in San Diego and I've even been to Canada! I went to Victoria though so not much experience in Canada... Yet. 🙂

    I love making music and if it paid more that's what I would actually be doing, but a close second is programming and webby stuff. I've been online since around 96 when I was in middle school, putting up pages in angelfire and geocities, using cutting edge technologies like frames! I even started dabbling a little in JavaScript to make a fancy navigation bar. Little did I know how big this language was going to be...

    I stopped doing that for a while though to meander off into studying music and biotech in community college, where I earned a degree in biotechnology production and a certification to be a bio technician, which I abandoned right after earning it :D. It did come to my aid, because that degree got me a job at Diageo in wine country for their wines division which was awesome. I started building computerized systems for them (as a technician, which was waaaay outside my job description), so I knew I should study computer science.

    So yeah now I'm just getting settled (back) into the Bay Area, which is completely different from when I left... In a good way 🙂

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    @Carl just in my own humble opinion, you can get away with not learning PHP. It's a bit of a broken language, and an older technology. You should take a look at things like NodeJS, ruby, JavaScript, .Net etc, for web stuff. Languages like Java, C/C++, Python, and the like will only make you way better; learning the different languages and their paradigms will be super beneficial in all your other coding endeavors!

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