Administration and Moderation and Community:
Notebookforums.com is a forum and resource site driven by content submitted by notebook enthusiasts. People from all over the world visit our site to find notebook news, hardware/software support, reviews/benchmarks, pricing, modding tips, guides and more. Our forum has a wide variety of subjects which cover a large range of notebook related interests. It is often that new members post questions in the wrong sections or people sign up to spam our site. Much of our moderation energy is spent cleaning up our forum sections or addressing concerns raised by members visiting our site. We have a simple management system in place for these purposes.
Our admins are responsible for manging internal stuff like forum settings and member accounts/login access. They also ban accounts on members who cause problems and require their privileges revoked. Admins do a lot of the backend grunt work on the site like entering specs on newly released systems and indexing reviews or benchmarks under them. They also feature content on our homepage and throughout the site.
Mods are responsible for manging the content that flows through our forum sections. They move differing threads into proper sections and they alert the admins to suspicious activity. Some admins also moderate forum sections.
CRs are responsible for representing the forum community to the mods and admins on our site. When site feature request are made or bugs have been spotted CRs bring these to attention.
History: I started programming with a couple friends for fun back in 1998. I was 15 and at the time I played around making programs and games in QBasic and on my TI-83 calculator. I slowly graduated to VB and C/C++ and now practice in PHP/MYSQL where most of my job experience lies.
Currently, I develop and maintain both http://www.notebookforums.com (NBF) and http://www.desktopforums.com (DTF).
When I started I had absolutely no experience with vBulletin, in fact I was answering phone calls as a part of a related work, but I was still given the opportunity to experiment with the site, on the side. I started modding the forum and soon after started developing a website around the forums. The goal was to develop a system to centralize user reviews within our forums for better accessibility. Capabilities of this system evolved to collect extensive sets of data for laptops including specifications, reviews, benchmarks and ratings. The system also compiles a list of laptop pricing from resources like eBay and CNET.
The site has become a popular laptop resource site for computer enthusiasts. It originates several techniques for data integration within a vbulletin forum . All pages surrounding the forum (including homepage) are built using vbulletin's template and plugin system and are self-contained so that upgrades are relatively painless - I've completed several upgrades and facelifts since I started. I also try to make sure all pages are W3C validated and have deployed sophisticated functionality for SEO.
Most recently I launched Desktopforums.com as a sister site to NBF. We had enough desktop content on Notebookforums.com to build desktop related site. Desktopforums.com uses a modified version of the NBF software to power itself and the user base is shared across NBF so users don't have to sign up again to post on DTF. Other projects I've been involved with - which are out of my hands now - include backend development for PCTorque.com and the initialization and launch of StrafeRight.com.
Hobbies and Stuff:
I play piano often and will soon be a Papa come January. I work from home and hope to continue development for this site. If your having problems with the website or wish to contact me please PM username "shaun" within our forums.
History: Where do I start?? I’ve been playing with notebooks and desktops since my Amiga 500 to my 20 pound brick of an IBM laptop. I joined the NBF community back in 2004 when I was invited to check out the forums on my SETI@Home Alienware group, (my first post on the forums). At this point technology was really starting to ramp up with notebooks and I went on a notebook buying craze, reviewing everything I could get my hands on and anything that could play games. I joined the staff of NBF in 2007 the same year I graduated from college with a BSEE degree..
I’ve worked in the high-tech industry since 2004, from the department of defense to video editing to high capacity storage, positions ranging from board design to diagnostics and debug to quality support. I’m currently pursuing my MBA and MQ CQE certification.
I love playing with notebooks. I’ll continue to buy them each time new breakthrough technology is introduced. My favorite notebook EVER was the Alienware m15x.
Hobbies and Stuff:
I stay active, if you can believe it. I work out at least twice a day (running and gym), and I also play soccer, in a softball league, box on a regular basis and once in a while I’ll yoga it up. I love video games and movies and I’m a die hard Red Sox fan. Die hard anything Boston fan really. Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics… not so much hockey.
Dawn of the Dead, High Tension, The Decent, Army of Darkness, The Life Aquatic, Ghostbusters
Hed PE, Tool, Sublime, Bad Religion, Reel Big Fish, Atmosphere, Jedi Mind Tricks, In Flames, Bane, Five Finger Death Punch
Counterstrike: Source, Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress 2, Uncharted 2, Half-Life Series, the Witcher, Final Fantasy III, Final Fantasy VII
History: I've been known by several names around NBF. I'm sRc now, although the regulars will refer to me as 'Conda' as I used to go by 'The Anaconda'. I've worked as technical support for several big computer companies through the years, and that's what brought me to NBF in the first place, joining in 2004 to clear up some confusion in the eMachines section over an issue that was happening at that time.
After my purpose for joining was finished, I never left, hanging around to help other people with various computer problems that I had expertise in as they came up, and enjoying the casual chatting of the Off-Topic section. My unusual knack for remembering everything that was being posted led to my ending up becoming an advisor to the Moderator staff in cases where conflicting information made decisions about problems difficult, and that led me to being asked to step up as a Moderator for the Off-Topic section as another one had to step down as life got in the way.
Likely because of my nature as a technical support agent, I hold a policy of trying to keep all my Moderator actions with the members as transparent and diplomatic as possible, always trying to make sure rumor and hearsay don't cause members to assume things and blow them into much worse proportions. As an Administrator, I work with the rest of the staff on keeping information in the Review Database up to date, work constantly to combat the ever-present problem of spam bots by continually revising the ways the forum automatically combats it, and communicate often with Shaun about any technical issues with the site, offering a "fresh pair of eyes" whenever I can to make sure that issues are caught and dealt with before they interfere with the general use of the site by its members.
Hobbies and Stuff:
Outside of NBF, I run several other websites as well. I am an independent video game developer, living by my own creed of 'the story is paramount' and currently working on my first major project designed for the public to publish on the PC and XBOX Live Indie Games. I am also a contract web developer, and also follow and contribute when I can to several open source projects in C++ and C# programming languages. I also am an avid writer, study linguistic concepts as a hobby, and run a personal blog to host several ongoing public writing projects as well as various musings about writing, programming, the internet, and various languages. In addition to that I have a passion for music, enjoying most the 'Classic Rock' of the 60s-80s but always expanding my tastes, and play the trumpet and am working on learning the piano.