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(semi) public meetings of geeks - one month later.

posted in Tech Talk on September 14th, 2007

Exactly one month ago, I launched xdaflameusers.com, a micro community aimed at providing XDA Flame users (d’oh) with a place to discuss, rant and rave (about) their Pocket PC.

During the last weeks, the site managed to attract some 90 users, who, collaboratively, created 824 posts. While this might not seem all that much when compared to, for example, xda-developers.com, I am still very proud of what XFU (our hot, internal acronym) managed to accomplish.

On a more technical note, I am quite happy about the fact that we rank #1 on Google for not only XDA Flame Hacking but also XDA Flame Forum.

We have a #1 spot for XDA Flame User and XDA Flame Users and we even managed to enter the forums with the rather generic Flame Forum.

We had the #1 and #2 spots after only ten days, which is quite a feat considering that we did not do anything in regards of SEO.

That said, while I spearheaded the idea of the site itself, I am certain that I we would not have made it this far without XFU’s awesome team:

Thierry and cwkj have both been great moderators, asking interesting questions, coming up with great solutions and helping as needed.

My Second-in-command (so to speak), leek, on the other hand has not only focussed on providing great advice in the forums, but also kept himself (and, on occassion even me) busy with enhancing the forum in any way possible so that people who would use their Pocket PC to access the site would have the same (great) browsing / reading / commenting experience as those that would use a PC.

leek of course is Lee Killough, famous not only for his ports of the computer game Doom, but also for his other works, such as, oh, working on supercomputers and other stuff I can not even begin to understand.

I feel privileged to be able to work with these guys and am glad that xdaflameusers.com turned out more hot than not.

Here’s to you guys, XFU would not be what it is, without you.
Thank you.

 

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(semi) public meetings of geeks

posted in Tech Talk on August 14th, 2007

Everyone who ever used a Pocket PC or Smartphone more than for just typing a quick email in Outlook or entering some contact details has probably come across a community called xda-developers.com at one point or another.

With more than 100,000 threads and a tad more than 350,000 members, it is probably one of the biggest, if not the biggest, mobile technology community focussed on Pocket PCs and Smartphones ever to exist. And the best thing is, these guys keep growing and growing.

xda-developers.com is, hands down, the best resource you can wish for if you are looking to enhance your XDA based device. That is, let me clarify, it does not really have to be a XDA, it only has to be manufactured by a company called HTC.

This, in my eyes, silly, rule is what keeps the friendly staff at xda-developers.com from creating a sub-forum for the XDA Flame. The reasoning for that is that it is not being manufactured by HTC, but rather by a company called Arima Communications.

Forum users at xda-developers.com have voiced their opinions on many occasions, yet the moderators have decided against granting the users this simple wish.

Be that as it may, there is no rule that prohibits other users from setting up their own forums, so, without furder ado, here is xdaflameusers.com.

The goal of the site is simply to be a meeting point for all XDA Flame users, because one thread simply does not cut it, if you ask me.

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