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Old 04-03-2002, 11:06 PM
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Happy Birthday to Us!

One year ago today (April 4) is the day first went online.

It's simultaneously hard to believe it's been a year already, and that it's only been a year. So many things have changed in that year (both here and everywhere else).

We started with a tiny bit of hd space on a free webserver, a freeware forum, a couple of links and one book review. I put it up and just sat there staring at it, all by myself. Only after some guilt-inducing spam did anyone even know we existed and start to visit. You can look through the oldest threads here to see some of their first posts...most of them still visit, but many don't.

Four months later we'd outgrown all our free resources, and people began to chip in so we could expand. I thought it would take forever for us to break 28 users (that was the total on our original forum), then came 50, then 100...until now we have over 400.

A lot of stuff has started here that I'd never imagined when I first started thinking about the site (the Challenges are one good example). Plus I still haven't been able to do a lot of the things I initially planned to, and still plan to, for many different reasons.

For that matter, the site overall has turned out to be a very different place than I'd imagined. And I couldn't be happier about that.

The main thing, in a way the only thing of importance, is that we seem to get the nicest people on the internet here. I just had another opportunity yesterday to be reminded about that.

I don't know if you've been out on the rest of the net lately, but it can be an unfriendly uncouth, selfish, even dangerous place. But not here. This is not my first experience with administering a website, and I have had some bad experiences before. But I am continually surprised at the generosity, friendliness, and general supportiveness, both here and in the real world, of our members.

Thank you all.

So, happy birthday to us, and here's to many more.
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Old 04-03-2002, 11:56 PM
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WOW! Nicely said!

Congratulations and thank you for crafting such a wonderful site! Your hard work and constant improvements are always appreciated.

I have only been on this site for a little over 2 months and this is by far, the most helpful and friendliest group of people I have ever been a part of on the internet.
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Old 04-04-2002, 04:57 AM
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Way to go Doug!!

I couldn't agree more. This site is fabulous.

I signed on to RetouchPro thinking I could pick up a few tips; I'm happy to report that I pick up dozens of tips every day. I've learned more in a few weeks visiting this site than I would have learned in a year by any other means.

Thank you Doug for having the vision and making it a reality; thank you fellow RetouchPro's for being so generous in your advice, encouragements and critiques.

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Old 04-04-2002, 05:11 AM
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Happy Birthday Retouch, and thanks to Doug for all his hard work at putting together and maintaining such a nice website.

I have learned a lot here and enjoy the community vibe here very much - Carl
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Old 04-04-2002, 05:37 AM
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Doug - you must give yourself a big pat on the back for all the time and energy you've put into this site - congratulations for its success ... long may it last!
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Old 04-04-2002, 08:34 AM
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Congrats Doug! A year already? Although I wasn't around the first day it opened, I do remember the leaner times (if that's a good term). A lot of hard work by you, and an exceptionally good audience has put the site on the www for what I hope is to be a very long time. I have to agree that this is a very unique group.

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Old 04-04-2002, 09:35 AM
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Doug, I remember your first posts about this new group (in I think) You were not very happy having to spam about it.... but I sure was glad you did! The first time I visited I was hooked and quit the others that I visited. I knew when I read this site is not about contests its about sharing information.....ahhhh that was the best news! I have learned so much extra from all of you that I was able to get my restoration business completely off the ground and feel confident that I have such a great peer group to ask any questions...I can even answer some now! Thanks Doug for all this hard work and flexiblity from your original is my favorite site on the web.
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Old 04-04-2002, 11:44 AM
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Happy Birthday Retouch Pro

I imagine in the beginning, it was hard to concieve of the wonderful group of members you would attract and how their own personalities, interests and ideas would start to shape the direction of the site. I think of it as a child growing on it's own but being guided along a certain path but still a long way off from what it's ultimate potential will be. I think that's what makes it so fastinating and fun. It's always changing, always getting better.
Good luck and many more birthdays to come.
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Old 04-04-2002, 02:47 PM
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Congratulations Retouch Pro, but even more praise should go to you, Doug for all of your hard work and your vision. When I stumbled into Retouch Pro and though like many others it would be a good place to pick up some hints and tips but I found much much more than I expected. I've been involved in on-line communities before but never have I found such a helpful and friendly group such as the group here at Retouch Pro. The community has helped to break the isolation of being "down under" in Australia I feel as if I'm part of a world wide family in which each member is treated with respect and their opinions and thoughts are valued.It's no wonder the membership continues to grow.
It's a place where nobody is afraid to ask, what to some seem silly or basic questions along with those more difficult or thorny ones. There is always a quick and well though out answer with helpful advice available at Retouch Pro.This is truly a unique group on the net.
Thank you Doug and the wonderful group at Retouch Pro.
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Old 04-04-2002, 02:56 PM
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Good going, Doug!!!You have a winner here...and there will be many more "Birthdays" yet to come, I'll bet.....Tom
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