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Aug 4, 2007, 09:20 AM
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MacRumors Forums (http://forums.macrumors.com/), the discussion boards for the MacRumors (http://www.macrumors.com/) family of sites, has reached another milestone: four million forum posts.

The 4,000,000th post (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=4000000#post4000000) was made by member MisterMe at 9:53 AM EST on Saturday, August 4, 2007, in a thread named It's not great viewing photos in the Finder, is it? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=337290) in the Mac OS X forum. Congratulations, MisterMe, and congratulations, MacRumors!

MacRumors.com opened on February 24, 2000, as a site to consolidate interesting Apple news and rumors. The current forum system opened in April, 2001. The MacRumors forums now have over 100,000 members and over 300,000 threads, with thousands of posts each day about Apple news, speculation and rumors, questions and answers, special topics such as design and graphics, and general discussion.

It took MacRumors 3 years and 4 months to reach one million posts, 1 year and 4 months to reach 2 million posts, 10 months to reach 3 million posts, and just over 9 months to reach 4 million posts. We attribute our rate of growth both to MacRumors' increasing rank among Apple-related sites on the web and to the increased interest in Apple and its wide range of products.


http://images.macrumors.com/article/2007/08/04/mrposts_400.png


MacRumors is celebrating its 4 million post milestone with a tongue-in-cheek contest to find the Ultimate Apple Fanatic among our membership. See our Contest Announcement (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=337324) for details. Our 3 million post milestone was marked by an Apple Ad Contest (http://www.macrumors.com/2006/11/09/macrumors-apple-ad-contest-results/).

We thank those who visit the MacRumors sites, participate in the forums, and make MacRumors the popular web destination and daily news stop for so many.

We'd also like to thank our staff for all their hard work:

Editors: arn, longofest
Administrators: Doctor Q, Knox, Mudbug

Moderators: AmbitiousLemon, Blue Velvet, devilot, edesignuk, HexMonkey, jsw, Mitthrawnuruodo, Mr. Anderson, Nermal, Rower_CPU, WildCowboy, WinterMute

Article Link (http://www.macrumors.com/2007/08/03/macrumors-reaches-four-million-posts/)



mrkr
Aug 4, 2007, 09:24 AM
Congratulations,
Nice exponential growth too!

apfelmann
Aug 4, 2007, 09:27 AM
anyone remember guns 'n' roses?

runplaysleeprun
Aug 4, 2007, 09:27 AM
Well done! Thanks to all the who keep the site going for the past, current, and future contributions to keeping this one of the best mac destinations on the net.

rijiMacDij
Aug 4, 2007, 09:31 AM
I'm sure I speak for many when I raise my glass of Tequila and say thanks to all the administrators, moderators, etc. for the hard work done to make this site the excellent destination that it is.

I've found no other forum site on the web that has such a community spirit and is so well run. The forum software delivers the impression of a rock solid and bulletproof environment and the moderators seem to cut just the right amount of slack to keep the forums interesting with the feeling that one has freedonm to speak one's mind.

Thanks to All and lets look forward to Five Million!

MajorTom
Aug 4, 2007, 09:33 AM
anyone remember guns 'n' roses?

I listened to that very track this morning! Sweet :D:p

4God
Aug 4, 2007, 09:33 AM
Congrats and thanks to Arn and the MacRumors team for providing a great place to stop by for mac news and for trading useful information. :D

applesmith
Aug 4, 2007, 09:33 AM
Great job guys. Keep up the good work.

voicegy
Aug 4, 2007, 09:34 AM
Congratulations from one of the old timers! (I remember the One Million Posts avatar contest, plus many other happy times spent here.)

By far one of the contributing factors to the huge upswell in viewership and contributions has to be the iPhone. The last time I remember being so rabidly involved in a Mac product / rumor was the first redesign of the iMac. Thousands haunted the boards looking for news on that machine - had to be one of the most anticipated Stevenotes in history.

Kudos to MacRumors, "staff" and contributors for making this THE classiest and BEST Apple news-related site on the web, bar none.:D

TheSpecialist
Aug 4, 2007, 09:35 AM
Congratulations!

Wayfarer
Aug 4, 2007, 09:35 AM
Congrats MacRumors!

Here's a special treat for everyone in comemmoration of this joyous event. :D

http://www.iwantnypizza.com/sitebuilder/images/pizza-corbett1-393x319.jpg

(Imagine it shaped like the apple logo.) :apple: ;)

masterfu
Aug 4, 2007, 09:39 AM
w00t! Nine months is pretty ridiculous for a million posts... It's great to see us growing so much. I've been reading MacRumors since about ought three, just wish I decided to start posting back then... :)

steve_hill4
Aug 4, 2007, 09:41 AM
Congratulations to all.

I can see this only accelerating, (as with iTunes downloads), as more people buy Macs and iPhones. I've certainly noticed more and more traffic here recently. Just hope we can cope.

TheSpecialist
Aug 4, 2007, 09:42 AM
Now who the hell pushed negative? Bill Gates? Steve Ballmer?

Quicksilver867
Aug 4, 2007, 09:42 AM
Wow, lots of posts, and for good reason! :)

steve_hill4
Aug 4, 2007, 09:46 AM
Now who the hell pushed negative? Bill Gates? Steve Ballmer?

More likely Steve Jobs. ;)

bob_the_gorilla
Aug 4, 2007, 09:52 AM
Where's his prize, eh? :)

Doctor Q
Aug 4, 2007, 09:55 AM
The forum software delivers the impression of a rock solid and bulletproof environmentWe've used the vBulletin forum software since 2001 and we've been pleased with how it has supported our growth.

Now who the hell pushed negative? Bill Gates? Steve Ballmer?There are always a few people who complain when there are news stories about MacRumors itself. But once every million posts we deserve to boast a bit.

Multimedia
Aug 4, 2007, 10:07 AM
I guess I was here pretty early on - 3 months later - considering the Forums didn't start until April 2001. :)

DrFrankTM
Aug 4, 2007, 10:11 AM
But once every million posts we deserve to boast a bit.

Indeed!!! I, for one, am incredibly grateful to everyone involved in running the site - Thanks! You've done a fantastic job! -, and would like to thank all the knowledgeable contributors who take some of their time to explain technical aspects of the rumors that I would never have a clue about otherwise. Thanks, everyone, for making macrumors what it is: The best Mac resource on the net.

lazyrighteye
Aug 4, 2007, 10:11 AM
We've used the vBulletin forum software since 2001 and we've been pleased with how it has supported our growth.

There are always a few people who complain when there are news stories about MacRumors itself. But once every million posts we deserve to boast a bit.

Which topic, here, received the fewest negative votes (either actual # or percentage)?

Subject: Apple currs cancer via Software Update!
pos: 1,365,688
neg: 3

Geesh...

Great work all!!
My one stop site for Apple chatter.

fastbite
Aug 4, 2007, 10:18 AM
Congratulations! Love this site so well done!

~Shard~
Aug 4, 2007, 10:29 AM
Let me take this opportunity to once again thank the Admins, Mods and Editors for creating such a great community here at MacRumors. It is informative, fun, very well maintained and overall a very "quality" site. :) I enjoy participating on MacRumors for various reasons and plan to always continue that trend.

It also makes me feel proud to be a contributor to this great site, as I feel MacRumors is truly deserving of it. I get so much from it I have no problems whatsoever in giving something back. And trust me, there are few sites out there which make me feel that way - MacRumors is in the minority in that respect.

So keep up the great work everyone and let's keep growing! :cool:

Mr. Amiga500
Aug 4, 2007, 10:31 AM
Yes, but how many of those 4,000,000 posts are actually worth reading? These days it seems most posts are useless "me too" or "I'm getting out my credit card" posts. Usually, out of a 10 page thread there are only 3 or 4 intelligent posts. It's getting so bad that I'm starting to skip reading the threads entirely.

I think part of the problem is the insanely high post count required to change status here. People are just posting any crap that comes into their head just to raise their post counts.

jay-t
Aug 4, 2007, 10:33 AM
Congratulations!!! Way to go MR....!!!

luminosity
Aug 4, 2007, 10:36 AM
Definitely the place to be for Mac folks :).

devilot
Aug 4, 2007, 10:36 AM
These days it seems most posts are useless "me too" ... posts. That's when we ask members, as part of this community... to help by clicking on this little guy: http://images.macrumors.com/vb/images/buttons/report.gif

verniesgarden
Aug 4, 2007, 10:38 AM
this is like when you were a kid and your mom marked your height on the wall then goes "aww look how much you've grown... it just seems like yesterday..."

rdowns
Aug 4, 2007, 10:42 AM
Congratulations MR. I'm proud to have contributed at least 6 or 7 quality posts to that total.

kasei
Aug 4, 2007, 10:43 AM
Congratulations MacRumors!

netdog
Aug 4, 2007, 10:45 AM
The best forum for community-based support for Macs and all things Apple on the Web.

techlover828
Aug 4, 2007, 10:46 AM
congats!

rijiMacDij
Aug 4, 2007, 10:52 AM
Yes, but how many of those 4,000,000 posts are actually worth reading? These days it seems most posts are useless "me too" or "I'm getting out my credit card" posts. Usually, out of a 10 page thread there are only 3 or 4 intelligent posts. It's getting so bad that I'm starting to skip reading the threads entirely.

I think part of the problem is the insanely high post count required to change status here. People are just posting any crap that comes into their head just to raise their post counts.

I agree it can be a drag sifting through the repetitive nothingness but those posts mean something to the contributors that make them. In fact the "intelligent" ones are probably useless to more people than the "me too" ones.

All in all the tone of the site is brilliantly easy going and I love it despite having to trawl through the crap, and admittedly submitting the odd peice of crap myself.

Cheers All.

Rocketman
Aug 4, 2007, 10:53 AM
I think the popularity is largely due to Macrumors concatonating from other sources and ranking their accuracy, thus adding value. That attracts the smarter and more motivated posters and contributors and the resulting good CONTENT attracts the lurkers.

Also Dr. Q's various avatars are a sight to behold. As we see today, timely too. Where's the thread just showing them one after another?

A video I posted to Google videos and linked to MR about the first AppleTV commercial was ranked 3 nationally as a result.

Rocketman

bigmc6000
Aug 4, 2007, 11:16 AM
I'm sure I speak for many when I raise my glass of Tequila and say thanks to all the administrators, moderators, etc. for the hard work done to make this site the excellent destination that it is.


You drink that stuff straight?!?! Holy crap! ;)

Looking at the graph makes me think of the # of iTunes song purchases graph that came out a few days ago. Well, shape wise, MR has a long way to go to get to 3 billion...

bigandy
Aug 4, 2007, 11:21 AM
wow, i'd completely forgotten i turned up before a million posts :)

congrats to all, especially our resident post whore™ mad jew on the new milestone. let's hope it doesn't all break down and head in to "me too" and one word posts. i'll continue to do my bit for that by, as devilot pointed out, clicking the little report post button :)

would it be a good idea to also mention to everyone to keep up to date on the forum rules (http://guides.macrumors.com/Help:Forum_Rules)? i've certainly noticed a few more breaches of them regularly :rolleyes:

DrFrankTM
Aug 4, 2007, 11:23 AM
That's when we ask members, as part of this community... to help by clicking on this little guy: http://images.macrumors.com/vb/images/buttons/report.gif

I've been a reader - and occasional poster - here for a long time, but I must say I don't know much about the report button. I'd be surprised if I was the only one. Maybe a link to the rules of when, why and how of reporting would be useful. I tried to click the FAQ/Rules button but, for some reason, it doesn't seem to work at the moment.

dizastor
Aug 4, 2007, 11:26 AM
Yes, but how many of those 4,000,000 posts are actually worth reading?

I dunno about all that, but is it just me... or have the 4 million posts made Macrumors feel snappier in Safari?

Willis
Aug 4, 2007, 11:31 AM
Congrats MR, and also to everyone who posts and takes part in the threads!

~Shard~
Aug 4, 2007, 11:31 AM
wow, i'd completely forgotten i turned up before a million posts :)

Yeah, me too - even more so in fact! :)

would it be a good idea to also mention to everyone to keep up to date on the forum rules (http://guides.macrumors.com/Help:Forum_Rules)? i've certainly noticed a few more breaches of them regularly :rolleyes:

Excellent point, I don't think this is a bad idea at all... :cool:

rijiMacDij
Aug 4, 2007, 11:32 AM
That's when we ask members, as part of this community... to help by clicking on this little guy: http://images.macrumors.com/vb/images/buttons/report.gif

I've been a reader - and occasional poster - here for a long time, but I must say I don't know much about the report button. I'd be surprised if I was the only one. Maybe a link to the rules of when, why and how of reporting would be useful. I tried to click the FAQ/Rules button but, for some reason, it doesn't seem to work at the moment.

$ I've never been able to access the forum rules, and didn't know what the little guy was all about either = me too! :rolleyes:

dubbz
Aug 4, 2007, 11:34 AM
Congrats on the milestone, MacRumors. Looking forward to see contest winners :p

Schtumple
Aug 4, 2007, 11:41 AM
12 people put negative?
Sore losers?

ImAlwaysRight
Aug 4, 2007, 11:42 AM
Congratulations! And thanks for providing a great site and the most helpful Mac info on the web.

12 people put negative?
Sore losers?Nah, just plain losers. ;)

acslater017
Aug 4, 2007, 11:54 AM
Yes, but how many of those 4,000,000 posts are actually worth reading? These days it seems most posts are useless "me too" or "I'm getting out my credit card" posts. Usually, out of a 10 page thread there are only 3 or 4 intelligent posts. It's getting so bad that I'm starting to skip reading the threads entirely.

I think part of the problem is the insanely high post count required to change status here. People are just posting any crap that comes into their head just to raise their post counts.

i wonder how long it will take for someone clever to quote you, saying "i agree"? :rolleyes:

TheSlush
Aug 4, 2007, 12:00 PM
Congratulations, MacRumors! Best Apple rumors site on the Web!! Thanks for keeping us all in the know!



Sent from my iPhone

MacNut
Aug 4, 2007, 12:04 PM
That happened quicker then I was expecting. Does the winner get a free can of spam.:D

joepunk
Aug 4, 2007, 12:04 PM
Woo-hoo!

What a way to go. Keep up the good posting and y'all take care now, you hear?

Joshua8o8
Aug 4, 2007, 12:07 PM
Congratulations! Thanks for all the hard work! Appreciate it!

Joshua8o8
Aug 4, 2007, 12:10 PM
That happened quicker then I was expecting. Does the winner get a free can of spam.:D

I would take a can of spam! I heard people on the main land dont like spam... Why is that? Its not worse for you than eating a hot dog.

Why i think im going to eat some for breakfast...

NOV
Aug 4, 2007, 12:16 PM
That graph does look a lot like the sold-iTunes tunes graph, any correlation there?

:)

severe
Aug 4, 2007, 12:20 PM
Congrats and thanks.

twoodcc
Aug 4, 2007, 12:45 PM
congrats macrumors! i'm just glad to be a part of this. thanks everyone for the hard work it takes to keep macrumors going!

AdeFowler
Aug 4, 2007, 12:55 PM
Congratulations on a fanbloodytastic milestone.

Thanks to Arn and the his army of helpers ;)

InfernoSoul
Aug 4, 2007, 01:14 PM
What does this have to do with iPhone?

Tsurisuto
Aug 4, 2007, 01:18 PM
And big thank you for helping get my current job. I wouldn't know half the things I know about the Mac if it wasn't for MacRumors.

I hope the site grows even more... I look forward to MacRumors reaching it 10th million post!

bigandy
Aug 4, 2007, 01:21 PM
I've been a reader - and occasional poster - here for a long time, but I must say I don't know much about the report button. I'd be surprised if I was the only one. Maybe a link to the rules of when, why and how of reporting would be useful. I tried to click the FAQ/Rules button but, for some reason, it doesn't seem to work at the moment.

$ I've never been able to access the forum rules, and didn't know what the little guy was all about either = me too! :rolleyes:


would it be a good idea to also mention to everyone to keep up to date on the forum rules (http://guides.macrumors.com/Help:Forum_Rules)? i've certainly noticed a few more breaches of them regularly :rolleyes:

note the link there in my previous post ;)

it is, and always has been, easily accessible from guides.macrumors.com (http://guides.macrumors.com).

apparently the button towards the top of the page died during a forum software upgrade and hasn't played ball since... :rolleyes:

johnee
Aug 4, 2007, 01:48 PM
the graph shows an exponential curve. judging the best I can, here's what I see:

Months it took Post Milestone
42 1000000
18 2000000
9 3000000
12 4000000

I predict 10 Million posts in approximately 5 years.

Do I win something if I'm right? :D

Blue Velvet
Aug 4, 2007, 01:54 PM
the graph shows an exponential curve. judging the best I can, here's what I see:

So when do you predict the total number of iPhones sold will match the total number of posts on MacRumors? ;)

Tattoo
Aug 4, 2007, 02:24 PM
I have a serious question.

Is MacRumors a "real" company? On the Stock Market?
Meaning, MacRumors has an office (somewhere) with full time employees that get a pay check with medical insurance and benefits? or is MacRumors created by Arn running a server in his basement?

Please don't take my post as being disrespectful. Im genuine in asking who owns MacRumors? How does MacRumors make money? Does Arn own MacRumors?

I saw Arn on MSNBC - Does MacRumors get paid for interviews on TV?

Do all the moderators work for Arn? or do they all work full time jobs and just post as a hobby?

Does someone literally sift thru the Internet all day long looking for any info on the Internet regarding Apple News/Rumors?

Does Arn have direct access to people at Apple?

Who is Jelsoft Enterprises?

I just think MacRumors and its origin is very interesting and exciting!

How does MacRumors hold all this info (millions of posts)? Xserve? Data Centers?

Arn, would you care to give your members some history about MacRumors and how it all began? Please?

Thanks for your time!:D

SmokyD
Aug 4, 2007, 02:26 PM
There are lots of ways of looking at the exponential growth of the posts. Here's another: since about 1 million posts (a good place to start) it looks like the number of posts has been following...

Moore's Law.

Freaky... I'd like to see where this leaves us in a few years. 16 million posts by August 2010? Any takers?

CalBoy
Aug 4, 2007, 02:33 PM
the graph shows an exponential curve. judging the best I can, here's what I see:

Months it took Post Milestone
42 1000000
18 2000000
9 3000000
12 4000000

I predict 10 Million posts in approximately 5 years.

Do I win something if I'm right? :D

Wait...didn't it say that it took 10 months for 3 million posts and 9 months for 4 million?

And I think we'll hit 5 million posts by the end of the year or early January. There are a lot more new people here now than 9 months ago. I'm guessing 10 million posts by mid 2009.

PlaceofDis
Aug 4, 2007, 02:35 PM
congrats MacRumors. :D and here's to 4 million more and beyond!

AHDuke99
Aug 4, 2007, 02:35 PM
I have lots of respect for macrumors, as they never forgot who their users were and who their base was. as a long time spymac member and active member before the expansion, I am glad to see macrumors didn't sell out to try to make a quick buck and basically tell its members to go jump.

Tattoo
Aug 4, 2007, 02:39 PM
I have lots of respect for macrumors, as they never forgot who their users were and who their base was. as a long time spymac member and active member before the expansion, I am glad to see macrumors didn't sell out to try to make a quick buck and basically tell its members to go jump.

I did notice how SpyMac is totally dead now. Interesting comments you made. I went to go look at SpyMac and I thought I was on a MySpace page! Horrible!!!

MacRumors has such a professional look to it. Almost like a News Blog. Even Think Secret's Web Page looks long in the tooth old.

uraniumwilly
Aug 4, 2007, 02:47 PM
As a newby, I think it's important to recognize those who made all of this possible. I'd first like to thank my parents for having me. And then of course my agent. But most importantly then, my lawyer, who set out to make this shark ride the greatest man-eating machine in the industry.

And of course, my fans. Thank you. All of you, without whom none of this could have been possible.

RealMcCoy
Aug 4, 2007, 02:48 PM
Congratulations !

AHDuke99
Aug 4, 2007, 02:49 PM
I did notice how SpyMac is totally dead now. Interesting comments you made. I went to go look at SpyMac and I thought I was on a MySpace page! Horrible!!!

MacRumors has such a professional look to it. Almost like a News Blog. Even Think Secret's Web Page looks long in the tooth old.


After Jan 2004, spymac basically said to its members that it was more important to grow in size thanks to their new 1GB email service rather than keeping the community that was. I had lots of fun and interesting times there, but after their "version 3" launched, the community was gone. We had lots of spammers come in and most of the old users left. Some of the best we had couldn't take it anymore. Since then, they have launched a Myspace/Youtube hybrid looking site which has essentially taken spymac out of the mac community for good. It isn't even a mac site, anymore. The forums are still there somewhere, but last time I checked, the most recent threads were from June.

It's sad that the owners got greedy and ruined one of the best mac community on the net from 2002-2004. I racked up 10,000 posts there before I left. Now, no one I know is there.

Darkroom
Aug 4, 2007, 02:59 PM
http://www.sweetkarmadesserts.com/images/Specialty%20Cakes/SpecialtyAdult/congratulations.JPG

Aperture
Aug 4, 2007, 03:16 PM
Congrats MR. It has really grown big, recently. I don't think I'll submit an entry for this contest but for the 5 million post contest, we should do something like (http://www.engadget.com/2006/03/16/engadgets-birthday-cake-winners/) Engadget did.

inkswamp
Aug 4, 2007, 03:46 PM
Congratulation, Macrumors! Keep up the great work. This has been one of my "visit daily" sites for many years, and there's no other site out there that can match the frenetic energy of this place right before an Apple event or when a hot rumor is circulating or anytime before a given Tuesday. :rolleyes: :D

That reminds me. I hear a rumor from a very reliable albeit completely anonymous source that you guys are already working on the 5 millionth post and plan to unveil it sometime later this year. Yeah, I know it sounds crazy, but hey... my source is pretty credible.

Mafio
Aug 4, 2007, 04:12 PM
Congratulations!!! What a great forum :)

john123
Aug 4, 2007, 04:38 PM
I wonder if any old-schoolers are still around and remember me....I was among the first to tread these grounds.

Ibjr
Aug 4, 2007, 05:05 PM
Congrats.

Blue Velvet
Aug 4, 2007, 05:31 PM
Do all the moderators work for Arn? or do they all work full time jobs and just post as a hobby?


All the moderators, including me, are volunteers. I have a full time job and this is just one of my volunteering activities.

Tattoo
Aug 4, 2007, 05:33 PM
All the moderators, including me, are volunteers. I have a full time job and this is just one of my volunteering activities.

Thanks for the update!

Peace
Aug 4, 2007, 05:35 PM
Wow!

I came in when MR hit a million and now 4 million..

Congrats!!

Good milestone to hit!!

DoFoT9
Aug 4, 2007, 05:51 PM
congrats MR!!! this is one mighty feat. i hope ill be here for 5million, and 6million, and 7million :P. or all of them!!!

hows the storage going lol is it getting full?? or do u have that all under control

bigandy
Aug 4, 2007, 05:54 PM
Website started in Feb 2000. It started with an early version of PHPSlash... which was a PHP port of Slashdot.

The code wasn't in a very advanced state, and limited comment support was added... but in the end vBulletin was used and implemented in 2001.

I started MacRumors... and it's been a hobby site since it started. I'm not sure what details you're interested in.

The purpose of the site when it started is basically the same as it is today. To track/follow rumors/news on Apple. Lots of rumors appear in non-traditional rumor sites -- mainstream sites, patent applications, etc...

I guess I was the first member.

arn

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=29267


It's not run on servers in a basement, it's run on four dedicated machines with a lot of RAM - but they're linux based.

Money is made to support MacRumors from the advertising on the pages, and also through contributing (http://forums.macrumors.com/payments.php).

I wouldn't have thought anyone would get paid to do an interview on a news channel, but that's just my experience talking. I'm just speculating, but I expect the US networks are the same when it comes to news - nobody getting interviewed gets paid.

Do all the moderators work for Arn? or do they all work full time jobs and just post as a hobby?
Well BV answered that :)

Who is Jelsoft Enterprises?
The company that make VBulletin (http://www.vbulletin.com/), the software that runs the forums.macrumors.com site.

And the rest of your questions, I can't answer at all...

Does someone literally sift thru the Internet all day long looking for any info on the Internet regarding Apple News/Rumors?

Does Arn have direct access to people at Apple?

I just think MacRumors and its origin is very interesting and exciting!

Arn, would you care to give your members some history about MacRumors and how it all began? Please?

However, this last bit is answered in a forum post. I can't find it, maybe someone else can. The stages of MacRumors, or ages of, or something like that. I bet the other demis know what I'm on about.

devilot
Aug 4, 2007, 06:08 PM
A little bit of history as to some of the older and more prominent posters was revealed via "interviews" from Q starting with this post (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=3254051&postcount=312). (Click "View Entire Thread" to read the following relevant posts.)


Also, Revenues generated and costs of running (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=277413).

Bigandy, I know which thread you're referring to, but can't for the life of me find it right now. Argh. Er... so a kind demi pointed the way to the thread but as per forum rules, I can't post the link here. :o But yes... it exists. Teehee.

Yes! I found it! HA! Here it is-- a glimpse (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=31967) into MR's past.

DoFoT9
Aug 4, 2007, 06:13 PM
yea im also interested in all the stuff about MR, particularly how the server operates and that. like how much storage do you guys have? that would have to be a hell of alot. i cant even comprehend how much youd have.

you should do tours of MR HQ :p i so would come to america just to see that!!!

NiteWaves77
Aug 4, 2007, 06:34 PM
Yes, but how many of those 4,000,000 posts are actually worth reading? These days it seems most posts are useless "me too" or "I'm getting out my credit card" posts...

Me, too!

I mean, ditto, Rush!

I mean, er ...

I pressed negative, just because the post was a self-congratulatory pile of garbage. I hate it when people give themselves a pat on the back for doing their job. And I'm an ass. Nice graph, fellas. What do you think this is, a keynote? Save it for your sponsorship kit.

p0intblank
Aug 4, 2007, 06:36 PM
Congratulations! :D

Blue Velvet
Aug 4, 2007, 06:37 PM
I hate it when people give themselves a pat on the back for doing their job.

What job is that then?

kddpop
Aug 4, 2007, 06:52 PM
my son just asked, "why is this the only mac site you go to?"
seriously, he asked this as i clicked on the macrumors bookmark...then i find this thread and i realized...

this is the only mac/apple site i visit regularly anymore. i used to have a bunch that i checked daily.

but macrumors gives me everything i need in a mac site:
rumors
news
buyers guide
a community/forum that is fun and lively.

congrats and keep up the great work.

~kyle

japanime
Aug 4, 2007, 07:04 PM
4 millionth post today...

5 millionth post next Tuesday!

offwidafairies
Aug 4, 2007, 07:30 PM
i love my macrumors for my Mac Rumours (im australian) ;)

ps: im glad to have contributed to the greater good :)

OK! I did. :D

thats really cool

JGowan
Aug 4, 2007, 07:30 PM
Congrats MacRumors!

Here's a special treat for everyone in comemmoration of this joyous event. :D

(Imagine it shaped like the apple logo.) :apple: ;)OK! I did. :D

steve_hill4
Aug 4, 2007, 07:44 PM
Me, too!

I mean, ditto, Rush!

I mean, er ...

I pressed negative, just because the post was a self-congratulatory pile of garbage. I hate it when people give themselves a pat on the back for doing their job. And I'm an ass. Nice graph, fellas. What do you think this is, a keynote? Save it for your sponsorship kit.

Ungrateful swine. This is not a job for moderators, it's a hobby. I have been a mod on forums in the past, (max size about 500 active members), and it is often thankless and you get nothing but abuse whenever you go against a popular member or group.

If you don't like this opinion, don't visit this place or better still, set-up a rival site, try to build up a sufficient membership that will contribute, gain advertising revenues and the respect of your members and peers running other sites. When you fail, as you would almost certainly do, return here, apologise and have a little more gratitude to those running and helping out this fine forum.

Some of us are interested in knowing about the 4 millionth post and the competitions that are associated with it. While it is inevitable that this topic would turn into praise for the moderators and admins, how often does that go on around here?

toughboy
Aug 4, 2007, 07:55 PM
anyone remember guns 'n' roses?

anyone who doesnt??... ;) :) :)

psycoswimmer
Aug 4, 2007, 07:56 PM
OK! I did. :D

Haha, that's really cool!

And congrats MR!

synth3tik
Aug 4, 2007, 07:59 PM
Thanks must go out to Arn for this great site. I have been on Macrumors or less then a year, but it has become my most visited site.

bigandy
Aug 4, 2007, 08:20 PM
A little bit of history as to some of the older and more prominent posters was revealed via "interviews" from Q starting with this post (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=3254051&postcount=312). (Click "View Entire Thread" to read the following relevant posts.)


Also, Revenues generated and costs of running (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=277413).

Bigandy, I know which thread you're referring to, but can't for the life of me find it right now. Argh. Er... so a kind demi pointed the way to the thread but as per forum rules, I can't post the link here. :o But yes... it exists. Teehee.

Yes! I found it! HA! Here it is-- a glimpse (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=31967) into MR's past.


I didn't want to say, but I knew you'd find it. I was going to refer to you as googilot or something, to highlight your incredible (and slightly worrying) macrumors searching ability :p

That's the exact one I was thinking about, thanks :D

<bookmarks to avoid another incident not being able to find it>

danvdr
Aug 4, 2007, 09:06 PM
It took MacRumors 3 years and 4 months to reach one million posts, 1 year and 4 months to reach 2 million posts, 10 months to reach 3 million posts, and just over 9 months to reach 4 million posts. We attribute our rate of growth both to MacRumors' increasing rank among Apple-related sites on the web and to the increased interest in Apple and its wide range of products.


Congratulations on 4 million. I really enjoy visiting this site--both for your stories and for the comments generated by them.

And just to be a nit-picker, you're above statement could be stated better. It would be more clear if the word "another" was placed before the numbers 1, 10, and 9. (Sorry if this was a repeat, I didn't read the previous 90+ posts.)

I'll check back again in another 4 months when you're celebrating 5 million posts :)

Yankees 4 Life
Aug 4, 2007, 09:13 PM
i love the fact that i finally found an excellent home to talk properly and respectfully about apple products :)

mad jew
Aug 4, 2007, 09:31 PM
I didn't believe this so I started counting the posts myself. I'm up to twelve.

VespR
Aug 4, 2007, 09:48 PM
Many contragulations MR, whilst I don't contribute often, it is my number one source for apple related information and advice/hacks (loosely) on the web and since "switching" 2 years ago I must frequent at least 3-5 times a day for updates.

No thanks to the staff and community that support it, and myself whenever I have a problem.

Thanks again, and please don't stop whatever it is you're doing to support this wonderful resource.

lb

robPOD
Aug 4, 2007, 10:03 PM
Wow 4 million posts, Congratlations MR, 5 million posts in 5 months?

arn
Aug 4, 2007, 10:08 PM
I have a serious question.
....
Arn, would you care to give your members some history about MacRumors and how it all began? Please?


I think much of this has been hinted at above.

MacRumors started as a hobby site in February 2000, out of personal interest. I frequented the rumor sites, news sites etc... and back then there was a much greater gap between the two. Mainstream news sites would avoid any rumor-related topics, and rumor sites were more focused on their own sources. There was a fair amount of content that was interesting/relevant that didn't get reported on, and MacRumors consolidated all that.

MacRumors is owned by myself. While it is a business entity for financial purposes, there are no full time employees. Everyone who works on the site, including myself, have full time jobs outside of MacRumors. Money is made on advertising, and while none of the mods/volunteers really have salaries, they are compensated in various ways when we can.

Answers to other questions

- We rely a lot of user submissions for interesting tidbits news/rumor hidden on the internet.
- We don't have any direct access with Apple. We don't get invited to their media events etc...
- Jelsoft writes the forum software (vbulletin).
- I don't think anyone gets paid for CNBC/news appearances

arn

EagerDragon
Aug 4, 2007, 10:25 PM
No place like MacRumors, way to go

jbembe
Aug 4, 2007, 10:36 PM
arrgh, I wanted to be the 4 millionth poster. Congrats anyway.:cool:

m-dogg
Aug 4, 2007, 11:04 PM
Wahoo!

Rock on MacRumors, rock on!

japanime
Aug 4, 2007, 11:20 PM
And in a related story, Barry Bonds just hit his 4 millionth home run today. :D

AidenShaw
Aug 4, 2007, 11:31 PM
http://www.sweetkarmadesserts.com/images/Specialty%20Cakes/SpecialtyAdult/congratulations.JPG

I hope that the people doing the work that Ives gets credit for don't see that cake - if they do we might see another wave of Flower Power and Dalmation Imacs!

Those blue roses in particular give me the shivers....

brepublican
Aug 4, 2007, 11:41 PM
Congratulations MR! Thanks for doing a great service to the Mac community, you guys rock. Keep on keepin on :)

winmacguy
Aug 5, 2007, 12:14 AM
Pretty good for a company that only has 5% worldwide market share in personal computers ;)
Just don't forget everything else:D:apple:

DoFoT9
Aug 5, 2007, 12:24 AM
i just wanna say thankyou to all of the volunteers, especially ARN! they devote their spare (and working) hours to keep the site going. this forums is getting bigger and bigger, that many people rely on it for their news.

i think the next step is to bring a short 15min tv (postcast??) show called MRN (MRNews) that highlights all of the latest news for the week.. haha, or maybe not...


thank you MR and all mods. you ROCK!

iSpud
Aug 5, 2007, 12:54 AM
Well, we are on page 5 of the congratulations, I'd like to put in my two pennies.

I love the site! I visit 2 - 3 times a day, more on those busy Tuesdays and Apple Events. I love the news/rumors and love to read the commentary the forums give in relation to those rumors. When I have a question, I don't hesitate to ask it on the forums because most everyone here will answer quickly and politely.

THank you MacRumors and Thank You Community!

P.S. Keep the clean web design...and if you change it, keep it clean! :)

Fairly
Aug 5, 2007, 01:22 AM
Yes, but how many of those 4,000,000 posts are actually worth reading?
You don't know until you read them. And what you find interesting might not be what someone else finds interesting.

This is all relative anyway: the 4,000,000 has to be compared to other forums and the number of posts they have - with the same spread of different types of posts. It's not an absolute. It's not something like this. :D
http://tendancehightech.com/blog/images/event/Absolut-vodka-blingbling.jpg

Mozutaka
Aug 5, 2007, 03:03 AM
Just wanted to say, I've been a very long-time reader and new poster, but even us quiet folk appreciate all the effort that goes into this site. Rock on guys!

rockosmodurnlif
Aug 5, 2007, 04:16 AM
After Jan 2004, spymac basically said to its members that it was more important to grow in size thanks to their new 1GB email service rather than keeping the community that was. I had lots of fun and interesting times there, but after their "version 3" launched, the community was gone. We had lots of spammers come in and most of the old users left. Some of the best we had couldn't take it anymore. Since then, they have launched a Myspace/Youtube hybrid looking site which has essentially taken spymac out of the mac community for good. It isn't even a mac site, anymore. The forums are still there somewhere, but last time I checked, the most recent threads were from June.

It's sad that the owners got greedy and ruined one of the best mac community on the net from 2002-2004. I racked up 10,000 posts there before I left. Now, no one I know is there.

SpyMac was the first Mac community site I joined after I got my iBook. I remember joining because it had forums, email, and an RSS feed on the front page that could monitor all the other Mac sites. Then they started trying to be .Mac only better and I stopped visiting when they got all fancy with the login. You not only had a password but had to verify pictures and on top of all that it just became hard to navigate. The rumors and news seemed to get posted a day after being posted elsewhere and they were "encouraging" everyone to become a paid member. The SpyMac webmail still works though. And it even supports advanced features on Firefox now.

I started visiting MacRumors in March of this year, after abandoning Apple only sites, mainly because its the only rumor site I need to visit. Anything worthy from ThinkSecret or AppleInsider gets posted here and the forums are pretty on point too. Then there's the buying guide. The ads aren't leaping into your face. The site just works.

Now MacRumors and MacWorld are the only Mac only sites I visit regularly.

Yes, but how many of those 4,000,000 posts are actually worth reading? These days it seems most posts are useless "me too" or "I'm getting out my credit card" posts. Usually, out of a 10 page thread there are only 3 or 4 intelligent posts. It's getting so bad that I'm starting to skip reading the threads entirely.

I think part of the problem is the insanely high post count required to change status here. People are just posting any crap that comes into their head just to raise their post counts.
That's when we ask members, as part of this community... to help by clicking on this little guy: http://images.macrumors.com/vb/images/buttons/report.gif

Are you serious? You want us to report "me too" posts?

Mitthrawnuruodo
Aug 5, 2007, 04:26 AM
Are you serious? You want us to report "me too" posts?Oh yes. We haven't got a chance of finding all of them with out your help...

netdog
Aug 5, 2007, 04:49 AM
So who made the 4,000,000th post?

Mitthrawnuruodo
Aug 5, 2007, 04:51 AM
So who made the 4,000,000th post?Read the first post:


The 4,000,000th post (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=4000000#post4000000) was made by member MisterMe at 9:53 AM EST on Saturday, August 4, 2007, in a thread named It's not great viewing photos in the Finder, is it? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=337290) in the Mac OS X forum. Congratulations, MisterMe, and congratulations, MacRumors!
:rolleyes:

k2k koos
Aug 5, 2007, 04:58 AM
great job, and keep it up!!

As for the negative voters, I do not understand you, you are either: Mac haters, Mac rumors haters, or just plain "W**ers", and I understand even less, what on earth you are doing on this site.....:apple:

Dagless
Aug 5, 2007, 06:02 AM
How is this negative in any way? It's fantastic news.

kristenz
Aug 5, 2007, 06:36 AM
Kudos to MacRumors! I am new to Mac and I'm happy to have stumbled upon your site. I check the new entries every day and this is where I get all my information.

Much Ado
Aug 5, 2007, 07:03 AM
Let's pump up this thread to 5 million!

bigandy
Aug 5, 2007, 07:16 AM
Are you serious? You want us to report "me too" posts?

Oh yes. We haven't got a chance of finding all of them with out your help...

Ooh, look, bigandy's mentioning the Forum Rules (http://guides.macrumors.com/Help:Forum_Rules) again!

If you actually read them you'll see the whole lot of 'not to do' stuff right up to 'instantly bannable offences':

Useless posts. Do not bother making posts with only one or two words (e.g., LOL) or a smilie, or post simply to have the first reply in a thread. Such posts waste everyone's time and will be deleted. Posts saying "I agree", "me too", or the equivalent are also routinely removed.

http://guides.macrumors.com/Help:Forum_Rules#Things_Not_to_Do

Reporting Posts
Posts that violate any of the forum rules should be reported to the forum moderators by clicking the Report Post icon (http://guides.macrumors.com/images/b/b7/Report.gif) on the bottom left of the offending post. If you are unsure whether a post should be reported, report it anyway and a moderator can decide whether any action needs to be taken.

If the post is a duplicate thread, please provide links to any existing threads when reporting the post. After reporting a post, avoid replying to the offending post to state that it breaks the rules or has been reported. This gives more exposure to the post and makes more work for the moderators.

;)

Rocketman
Aug 5, 2007, 09:53 AM
When I joined there were in the range of, perhaps less than, 100,000 posts total. But the apparant value was already higher than other "Mac" sites.

I also like the reader feedback methodology of slashdot.org. That adds real value.

Rocketman

MattyMac
Aug 5, 2007, 10:02 AM
MacRumors is an excellent site and sometimes very addictive. You all have done a wonderful job keeping it organized, free of spam, and very very interesting. Thanks you!

~Shard~
Aug 5, 2007, 10:45 AM
Are you serious? You want us to report "me too" posts?

Absolutely. A Forum such as MacRumors is only as good as its members. The Mods cannot catch every single offense, useless post, duplicate post, etc. so everyone is encouraged to help out as part of the community - it's only right, actually. :)

Read through the Forum rules (something you should have done when you initially signed up on MacRumors anyway) and you'll fid all the rules, etc. explained. :cool:

Some_Big_Spoon
Aug 5, 2007, 11:05 AM
I came to MR after they predicted 12" - 17" PowerBooks dead on a few years ago.

Macrumors.com is now my homepage.

tjcampbell
Aug 5, 2007, 11:25 AM
anyone remember guns 'n' roses?

Guns n' Roses still rule! Nice one.

DoogieWoogie
Aug 5, 2007, 11:34 AM
congratulations to everyone at Macrumor, even though it should be spelt mac rumours.

al3000
Aug 5, 2007, 11:45 AM
I <3 Macrumors :D:apple:

Doctor Q
Aug 5, 2007, 12:02 PM
arrgh, I wanted to be the 4 millionth poster. Congrats anyway.:cool:

Congratulations to jbembe for being the 4,001,987th poster in the MacRumors forums!!!

Your prize, a box containing 4,001,987 iPod socks, each a different color, is now being shipped! :D

CJD2112
Aug 5, 2007, 12:17 PM
You don't know until you read them. And what you find interesting might not be what someone else finds interesting.

This is all relative anyway: the 4,000,000 has to be compared to other forums and the number of posts they have - with the same spread of different types of posts. It's not an absolute. It's not something like this. :D
http://tendancehightech.com/blog/images/event/Absolut-vodka-blingbling.jpg

That's a cool pic, did Absolute really release a gold special edition for the Holidays or is that a Photoshop mock-up? Pretty good either way...

Mac-Mariachi
Aug 5, 2007, 12:57 PM
Congratulations for a job well done.

Here is for 10,000,000 more!

Nick12945
Aug 5, 2007, 01:46 PM
CONGRATZ MacRumors!

ImAlwaysRight
Aug 5, 2007, 01:54 PM
This "atta-boy" is just a smoke screen because no one has any info on the iMacs specs! I'll bet the post count is really only 3,965,294 and NOT 4 mil.

What kind of Mac rumor community do we have when T-minus less than 2 days to iMac launch and we don't even have the specs yet! Sheeesh.

:p

WilliamLondon
Aug 5, 2007, 02:01 PM
Hmmm. How long would it have taken to pass this milestone without the iPhone to comment on endlessly?<wry grin>

Nick12945
Aug 5, 2007, 02:02 PM
This "atta-boy" is just a smoke screen because no one has any info on the iMacs specs! I'll bet the post count is really only 3,965,294 and NOT 4 mil.

What kind of Mac rumor community do we have when T-minus less than 2 days to iMac launch and we don't even have the specs yet! Sheeesh.

:p

ITS A CONSPIRACY DUDE!

inkswamp
Aug 5, 2007, 02:12 PM
How is this negative in any way? It's fantastic news.

Well, remember when Arn stood on stage last year and promised that we'd be at 5 million posts by this time next year? ;)

Manatee
Aug 5, 2007, 04:19 PM
Congratulations to Arn and company. This site is a great resource for those of us interested in Apple-related news. The forums are great, and have helped me solve many problems.

Bobjob186
Aug 5, 2007, 05:30 PM
macrumors is my spot baby

johnee
Aug 5, 2007, 07:53 PM
Wait...didn't it say that it took 10 months for 3 million posts and 9 months for 4 million?

And I think we'll hit 5 million posts by the end of the year or early January. There are a lot more new people here now than 9 months ago. I'm guessing 10 million posts by mid 2009.

care to make it interesting? :D
that graph is hard to read, also, if apple comes up with any new devices/offerings which brought a lot of people to MR like the iphone did, you might be right.

So when do you predict the total number of iPhones sold will match the total number of posts on MacRumors? ;)

Love the new avatar... :) I will refrain from commenting on iphones :(

TurboSC
Aug 5, 2007, 09:34 PM
Congrats! I look forward to the future expansion of MacRumors.

No one knows it yet, but Apple based websites are going to rule the world!

Macmaniac
Aug 6, 2007, 08:29 AM
Congratulations MR, a well deserved milestone.

This site is the #1 resource for all Mac News and Rumors, it provides a great snapshot of the Mac Rumor net in one swoop. I am still shocked to think I was here before post #1, and 3 months before the forums came into existence.

A tribute to Arn and everyone else who has worked to hard to keep MR running.

I look forward to millions more posts to come, and of course 2010, when we have a big 10 year celebration. :apple:

Rantipole
Aug 6, 2007, 09:10 AM
I'd like to see that total-posts graph done on a logarithmic scale. ;)

~Shard~
Aug 6, 2007, 12:48 PM
I'd like to see that total-posts graph done on a logarithmic scale. ;)

That sounds like something which would be right up Doctor Q's alley! ;)

mad jew
Aug 6, 2007, 01:15 PM
This site is the #1 resource for all Mac News and Rumors, it provides a great snapshot of the Mac Rumor net in one swoop. I am still shocked to think I was here before post #1, and 3 months before the forums came into existence.


What exactly happened back then? I mean, a forum without posting... :confused:

DoFoT9
Aug 6, 2007, 03:57 PM
That sounds like something which would be right up Doctor Q's alley! ;)

i can feel a 4D pie chart comming on haha:p

PlaceofDis
Aug 6, 2007, 04:05 PM
What exactly happened back then? I mean, a forum without posting... :confused:

the front page was still there i believe.

MisterMe
Aug 9, 2007, 10:37 PM
It was a most pleasant surprise when I learned mine was the 4 millionth post on MacRumors. I have been a Mac user early 1989 and an owner since later that same year. I joined MacRumors in 2003 in anticipation of the impending Power Mac G5.

Since 1989, I have purchased three Macs with my own money: a Mac IIcx (1989), a Power Mac 9500/132 (1995), and a dual 2.0 GHz Power Mac G5 (2003). At work, I have purchased several Macs including three beige 266 MHz Power Mac G3s (1998), a PowerBook G3 (Pismo) (2000), a dual 2.5 GHz Power Mac G5 (2005), and two eMacs (2005). Oh yes, I am also the proud owner of an 8 GB iPhone (2007).

Doctor Q
Aug 10, 2007, 01:40 AM
Impressive, MisterMe. You're just the kind of long-term dedicated Apple customer it's an honor to honor!