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History of the Forum?
« on: July 28, 2012, 07:36:39 AM »

I was wondering if there is a thread about the history of the forum?

Who were the founder members, details of their first Mk5 GTi's or other cars at the time etc.  :happy2:

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Re: History of the Forum?
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2012, 07:39:52 AM »
Nope not something we have at present but will put some details together on the history a bit later today  :happy2:

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Re: History of the Forum?
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2012, 07:55:51 AM »
Nope not something we have at present but will put some details together on the history a bit later today  :happy2:

Great, cheers Steve  :happy2:

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Re: History of the Forum?
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2012, 09:24:24 PM »
OK, here's a start  :happy2:

Part 1 - The Humble Beginnings: -

The site was created by Tom (Top Cat) and myself in October 2008. We felt there was a gap in the big world of the t'interweb for a site more focused towards the current generation (as it was at the time) GTI.

We gave ourselves a simple brief that the site had to be free of the ties from commercial sponsors and advertising. So all the initial costs where covered by us.

We number of people got involved during mid October to help test and prove the site before we formally launched later that month. This included people like Greeners (or Greenouse as he was known then  :laugh:), 182_Blue and 08Micsta. 08Micsta was the main person who helped with the forum design and some of the images used on the site.

We all meet through the Golf GTI forum that covers all marks of the Golf, golfgtiforum.co.uk.

Back then Mk5 GTI ownership was a common theme between us as well, I had a Steel Grey Edition 30, Top Cat had a Candy White GTI, Greeners was in a Diamond Black Edition 30, 182_Blue owned a Candy White Edition 30 and 08Micsta at the time didn't drive but his family owned a Tornado Red GTI (He comes from South Africa).

The site officially launched on the 30th October and through word of mouth / internet chatter grew to 150+ members in it's first month.

Initially the member base was made up of purely Mk5 owners but quickly this began to expand to all things 2.0TFSI and more recently pretty much anything VAG.



More to follow  :happy2:
« Last Edit: September 06, 2012, 09:08:28 PM by SteveP »

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Re: History of the Forum?
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2012, 09:29:28 PM »
 :notworthy:  Great topic
« Last Edit: July 28, 2012, 09:41:25 PM by Tfsi_Mike »

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Re: History of the Forum?
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2012, 10:38:04 PM »
Subscribed  :popcornsoda:  :congrats:

More please  :party:

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Re: History of the Forum?
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2012, 10:40:37 PM »
Wow Ian. Great post. Cant wait for this to evolve more. Compelling reading so far steve.  :congrats:

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Re: History of the Forum?
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2012, 10:57:31 PM »
Interesting to know! I only joined this site fairly recently, but in that time I have learned so much from here! I have had all kinds of questions answered and have even managed to help other people with theirs. I have had my MKV GTI from when they first came out, and I wish I had found this site much sooner! :notworthy:
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Re: History of the Forum?
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2012, 11:08:24 PM »
very interesting, i did not think when i bought my mk 5 this site could lead to so much.

it is brilliant but it has completely reduced my savings to zero ha ha
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Re: History of the Forum?
« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2012, 10:52:40 AM »
So what happened to the Mk6 version of the forum as I can see you set one up, but it seems to lack any traffic with most owners over on the generic GTi forum.

By comparison this has far more info and obviously all the subsections which is great, and even though I don't own a mk5 I still like coming on here, weird I know :stupid:

Do you think the mk6 will naturally evolve as the cars drop out of warranty and the owners start tinkering more?

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Re: History of the Forum?
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2012, 10:37:53 AM »

Brilliant, thanks Steve, really interesting.  :happy2:

This forum has enhanced my motoring life, and I'm sure that's the case for a huge number of us on here. I have learnt an incredible amount, and the knowledge has been freely and enthusiastically given. I'm really enjoying going to meets and learning more about my car and all the others closely linked to the Mk5 GTi.


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Re: History of the Forum?
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2012, 10:51:59 AM »
Interesting reading. :smiley:

As another member who doesnt actually own a Golf, I still find this the most friendly of all the Forums I've ever used. Everyone is welcoming and freindly, maybe I just need to buy a Golf now! :happy2:


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Re: History of the Forum?
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2012, 10:55:09 AM »

a simple brief that the site had to be free of the ties from commercial sponsors and advertising. So all the initial costs where covered by us.


In my opinion one of the best things about this forum. Far too many others are crippled as they are in the pockets of big tuning companies.

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Re: History of the Forum?
« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2012, 11:12:22 AM »

a simple brief that the site had to be free of the ties from commercial sponsors and advertising. So all the initial costs where covered by us.


In my opinion one of the best things about this forum. Far too many others are crippled as they are in the pockets of big tuning companies.

Glad to hear people still support this way of working  :happy2:

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Re: History of the Forum?
« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2012, 11:19:14 AM »

a simple brief that the site had to be free of the ties from commercial sponsors and advertising. So all the initial costs where covered by us.


In my opinion one of the best things about this forum. Far too many others are crippled as they are in the pockets of big tuning companies.
+1 , i dont mind throwing in a few ££££'s once in a while to keep things running as they are. Great place to be this place. :happy2: