Dear 100 Hour Board,
The online version of the 100 Hour Board turns fifteen this year.
How has the Board changed since you first became involved with it?
In what ways do you think the Board will have changed in the next ten years?
What do you hope for the Board?
Dear Ardilla Feroz,
What a great question! And loaded too. There are quite a few questions like yours and probably the best place to start would be to search the archives.
You were totally waiting for that answer, weren't you?
I was at BYU in 1999 when the Board was in its infancy. So I've seen the thing go from the stone age all the way through the later versions of the Board. This current version is past my day but it's nice and still functioning and as long as nobody has to go and manually put HTML code around Board answers to be published online then the world is a great place.
I have way too many memories. And don't ask why I still have photos like these (I'm kind of a sentimental geek so I'll save you the time), but I have past images of Board UI! Once upon a time the Archives looked like this... (eww)
And the Ask a Question page looked like this...
And then we decided to kill the Board and do an amazing new version before Christmas 2004, and Fractile had a little bit of fun with it...
(The inception thing was a joke; yes we know how to properly use that word.)
And here is an example of byte cancer (I laughed so hard at all of these, but this is just an example of the page totally screwed up):
Have you check out the Board history? There's a lot of interesting stuff in there about the Board's past too. And not just mine.
My hope is that the Board will continue but that the writers will improve their writing and come back to the Board as it once was, people who loved answering questions for the love of writing and researching. I'll always love the Board because of my history with it, but the Board is only as good as its readers, and therefore its writers—else there be no readers.