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History of OC Net
« on: August 29, 2007, 05:44:20 PM »
This is just a stupid question but I can't find the answer anywhere on the oldests posts to OC.Net going back to 2002, or on a search.  I'm just curious about the history of OC.Net and why, how, who founded it.  Anyone have a post that explains this?   Thanks :-[
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Re: History of OC Net
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2007, 06:46:03 PM »
Somewhere on the homepage (not the forum), I'm sure there was an article with a brief history of how OCnet started, but I can't seem to find it now.
I'll keep looking. A "history of OCnet" link on the homepage would be a great idea I think.
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Re: History of OC Net
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2007, 07:42:51 PM »
If my memory is  :P it was there under the old format...I'm sure Mr. Robert can find it.

now back to NYY & the BoSox...

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Re: History of OC Net
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2007, 09:03:28 PM »
I will author a comprehensive document later since there is interest but suffice it to say...

Robert and I desired to make a website to promote Eastern Christianity and continue our knowledge of the Orthodox Church (we were Byzantine Catholics back then, and wanted to promote Church unity between Eastern Christians).  In 2001 we bought the domain byzantines.org (inspiration was from byzantines.net and byzcath.org) and started there.  Nothing really came about until Robert and I were sitting in a car discussing making a webforum.  Robert and I knew Philip (Mor Ephrem) from byzcath.org and so Philip was interested in the project as well. We went live on May 12, 2002.

Byzantines.org survived until September 2002 when Robert went to Italy.  While he was gone, Philip and I recruited Nik Stanosheck (now Fr Dcn Nikolai) to be the third administrator and we decided to make it a truly Orthodox-oriented website instead of "pan Byzantine Rite" since those professing such views could easily go to byzcath.org to post, renaming the site orthodoxchristianity.net on October 2, 2002. Nik was on the path to officially becoming Orthodox, and I was now at St Vladimir's Seminary studying about Orthodoxy to make my decision (yeah, I go all the way when I am interested in something).

Robert returned from Italy after some changes in plans and resumed duties as an Administrator.  Soon Nik decided to make a website that was more oriented towards traditionalist views, so he resigned to focus on his site euphrosynoscafe.com.

By 2003, we started to add on a moderation team since we could not handle it by ourselves, and over the next few years the current structure came into being.  In 2006, Philip resigned and we added Fr. Chris as an administrator. Over the years, both Robert and I became Orthodox officially.

Now we are just trying to develop content and the forum to be the best it can be.
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Re: History of OC Net
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2007, 08:58:19 AM »
I will author a comprehensive document later since there is interest but suffice it to say...

Robert and I desired to make a website to promote Eastern Christianity and continue our knowledge of the Orthodox Church (we were Byzantine Catholics back then, and wanted to promote Church unity between Eastern Christians).  In 2001 we bought the domain byzantines.org (inspiration was from byzantines.net and byzcath.org) and started there.  Nothing really came about until Robert and I were sitting in a car discussing making a webforum.  Robert and I knew Philip (Mor Ephrem) from byzcath.org and so Philip was interested in the project as well. We went live on May 12, 2002.

Byzantines.org survived until September 2002 when Robert went to Italy.  While he was gone, Philip and I recruited Nik Stanosheck (now Fr Dcn Nikolai) to be the third administrator and we decided to make it a truly Orthodox-oriented website instead of "pan Byzantine Rite" since those professing such views could easily go to byzcath.org to post, renaming the site orthodoxchristianity.net on October 2, 2002. Nik was on the path to officially becoming Orthodox, and I was now at St Vladimir's Seminary studying about Orthodoxy to make my decision (yeah, I go all the way when I am interested in something).

Robert returned from Italy after some changes in plans and resumed duties as an Administrator.  Soon Nik decided to make a website that was more oriented towards traditionalist views, so he resigned to focus on his site euphrosynoscafe.com.

By 2003, we started to add on a moderation team since we could not handle it by ourselves, and over the next few years the current structure came into being.  In 2006, Philip resigned and we added Fr. Chris as an administrator. Over the years, both Robert and I became Orthodox officially.

Now we are just trying to develop content and the forum to be the best it can be.

Thank you Anastasios for the explanation.  It's amazing where things start and where God leads them.  I really enjoy the forum so I'm glad you do jump in with both feet or we wouldn't have OC.Net.
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Re: History of OC Net
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2007, 03:08:37 PM »
There was some great stuff between 2002 & 2005...how bout a section "The Bestest of OCnet or The Chronicles of OCnet...

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Re: History of OC Net - 1 year anniversary of "The Great Hack"
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2007, 01:58:15 PM »
Since we're discussing OC.net history, I thought I should point out that we're at the 1-year anniversary of the turk-hack of our beloved site.

It's been good to see the board bounce back, especially in the last 2 months (2nd best two-month stretch for posting ever on this board).
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Re: History of OC Net
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2009, 10:18:11 PM »
Moderators or Those In The Know,

 I thought I'd use this thread to piggy-back a question about a practice OC Net used to employ but, seemingly, no longer does.  So OK, if you visit some old posts, I think older than '05, when you look at the names of people who started the particular thread, their names are in black.  I clicked on the thread and under their names it reads 'Guest'.   Just curious, but why don't we still do that? 
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Re: History of OC Net
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2009, 10:58:53 PM »
**Bump**  :)
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Re: History of OC Net
« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2009, 10:41:48 AM »
If someone has a name blacked out and it says Guest under it, they deregistered back when that was possible, or their account was deleted because of a database corruption issue.
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