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    A Message from Jim Boykin, New Owner of Developer Shed


    Hello Developer Shed Community Members,

    My name is Jim Boykin, and I'm the very proud new owner of the Developer Shed network of sites. I am here to serve you, the users, and to work to make each property several times more useful than they are today. It's all about you, the users and the community.

    Even though I wasn't elected for this position, I am still asking for your support in taking each site to new levels of usefulness and to grow the communities...they can grow a lot, if together we help to make these great communities. For years I've had this dream....a dream of making these properties wonderful resources for the users of the communities again. Now I have that chance, but I can not succeed without your support and your help, and your patience, and your faith in my intentions for these sites. My intentions are to make the sites way more user friendly, and to build up great communities that everyone can be proud of. My goals also include fixing, replacing, and adding new tools for the sites.

    As the owner whom is responsible to these communities, I pledge to work to serve all visitors a better user experience, better information, better tools, and even better communities. I also pledge to listen to the communities, and to respect the views and wishes of each community, and to do what I believe is best for each community based on the wishes of the community, using the resources that I have available.

    I understand that without your support, and without your sharing, and without your contributing to the community, that these wonderful websites and communities would die like a ghost town...but I also understand that we can work together towards making these sites and communities a much better place....a place of great value to the users (all of YOU) ...together, I believe we can create a place where everyone can be proud to say they are a member of, and where information can be shared without being bombarded with advertising... for that is the core of what I'm striving towards.

    Now that I have been given this chance to lead, you can be assured that I'll work to do what is best for the communities first before I look at what is best for my wallet. If there is to be advertising on the sites, then it has to be relevant, and quality, and of use to the users...and not in their face taking away from the trust and usability of the site. If I give the users quality information, and quality tools, and quality communities....then I truly believe that this acquisition will, over time, give back in business karma. I don't have to spam the users.

    We are about to upgrade these communities to a much newer version of vBulletin, and working to restructure the content so that it best serves the user on the website. Once we reach that stage, we can start looking at suggestions from that version. We'll be working on them, the best we can, as fast as we can, but it won't be overnight...if each day we get a little better, we'll be the Best by this time next year.

    I would like to thank everyone who has helped to keep these sites wonderful resources throughout the years. I'll do all I can to value and honor all of you for helping to make these sites have quality information updated for so many years.

    I'd like to thank the wonderful folks at the Developer Shed office (Jenny, James, Terri, Charles, and Eric). You guys are Awesome! Over the years your team has held together into one tight solid group that is all about doing all you can to make the sites better...even though your hands were tied in so many areas, and the higher up corporate people had goals that didn't mesh with how to best treat the community, you held together, doing all you could for the sites...I know you all deeply care for the properties, and I pledge to you to do all I can to help your team in transforming these communities into a greatness that you've all dreamed for these sites, and now we can start taking steps towards this greatness together.

    I'd like to thank all the Admins and the Moderators of each community as well. Without your direction, and editing, there would be anarchy. I thank you for taking on these responsibilities, and for helping to keep the communities places where knowledge can be shared in an organized way. I understand that you're not getting paid, and you're only going to do these tasks if you want to...and I'll do all I can to continue to have you want to help make these great communities even better with your help...my goal will be to make you prouder than ever to say that you're an admin or moderator of your community.

    I would also like to thank all the Millions of registered users who have contributed millions of threads and tens of millions of comments over the years. I will do the best I can to serve you and each of these communities. I will strive to keep as many of you happy as I can from today onward. You are the Community and I am here to answer to you. I know that many of you have seen changes over the years....some changes that were not so good...but know that I'm working hard to "Give these sites back to You...the users, and to the community as a whole."

    I'm Feeling Lucky,
    Jim Boykin
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    On behalf of the Developer Shed team (Jenny, Charles, Eric, Terri, and myself), we are all very excited to have Jim onboard - It should be an exciting next couple of months for sure. We cannot say how much of a relief it is to have someone behind us who truly does care about communities and is able to see past the dollar signs.

    Welcome aboard Jim!
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    and working to restructure the content so that it best serves the user on the website.
    Just out of curiosity, what changes are you planning, because I didn't see one request put out to the 'users' whom you seem to adore on what they thought of any proposed content changes, and how their experience could be made better by them. It was a blanket 'we're doing it' with no request at all for feedback from your "communities".

    I can see this place going much beyond my liking advertisement-wise, and I just joined here a few months ago.

    Peace, and good luck! (I mean that with respect and honesty).

    -spek
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    Hey,

    Thats probably my fault - I posted Jim's note all over the forums, so there are break out convos on some of the forums where we are trying to gather feedback, such as in the Moderators section and in the Suggestions and Feedback forum, especially over at forums.seochat.com.

    But yes, we are definitely interested in everyones opinion on how things should go. Please feel free to offer up any thoughts or ideas in the suggestions and feedback section!

    Thanks.
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    I'm not sorry to say that the *CEO*'s statement is childish in nature.

    It is repetitive, over-verbose, anti-friendly and generally non-indicitive of something that is "community" oriented.

    Again... I've only been here a few months, but it smells to me that this new *CEO* is going to market out the user information for profit. I don't care that he says he cares about his 'users'. I don't buy.

    Prove it. Have him prove it.

    This is a sell out imho... period.

    There was no "community" discussion thus far, so perhaps we should have one now. Otherwise, let the "community" decide.

    -spek
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    this is a sell-out.

    'night.

    -spek

    Update: I highly recommend you don't use my personal information for your gain.
    Last edited by spek; June 6th, 2012 at 11:53 PM.
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    spek,

    You may be correct in your assessment and I agree with a good portion of it, but at this point it's probably a little premature to make judgment.

    If your worries are realized, then I for one, and I think a number of others, will drop this forum like a hot potato.

    Ron Bergin

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    Spek,
    I agree that I have to prove it...I'm just asking for a chance, and ideally, your support, in going through these changes.

    I agree with what Ron said
    If your worries are realized, then I for one, and I think a number of others, will drop this forum like a hot potato.
    You've been here for a few months....I was member #2 of SEO Chat (another Developer Shed forum) (since 2002). Over the years, at times I would return...and feel sad for what had happened to my community.

    Even back as far as 2006, on my personal blog, I wrote about wishing I could fix the sites (search google for Jim Boykin SEOChat).

    so you say "prove it"....ok...that's where I started...I bought the network faster than Mark bought Instagram...within 10 days I had 95% of the advertising GONE from the site...

    Why...well, step #1 was giving the users a much better experience than they were getting...want to know the cost of that??? I'm paying employees, programmers, designers, servers, etc etc...The sites had been profitable before I bought them 2-3 weeks ago...will it be profitable over the next year....I don't know....I know that when I took away 95% of the advertising on the site that that was going to cost me A Lot of money...You ask me to "Prove it?"...How about I tell you how much it cost to buy all these properties, and how much it's going to cost me over the next year?...to me, it's an investment....if I can do good to the community, I know that it will come back to me....if I do bad to the community, I know that I'll loose a lot of money, and faith in people...

    FYI, as far as user input, I've been spending a lot more time on SEO Chat talking with them, and having threads there where I'm asking for, and getting advice from, the community...they seem to be giving me a chance there...Feel free to go there and see the discussions....fyi, some of the discussions there are going on in the "Jackets Forum" which is only for admins, mods, and senior members...so you can't see those threads....
    but the plans were to start with SEO Chat....get their ideas...do those changes...keep getting their ideas....then, go here and get everyone input, make those changes....then apply something similar to the other 5 forums.

    Look, I'm on your side....believe it or not...prove it...well, I believe I've taken the best first steps that I could....am I here to bastardize these sites and suck every penny I can out of this....NO...I'm a webmasterworld member since 2002, and I've been in several other forums over the years....I understand communities...I'm not some corporate guy here who sees this as money...I see this as a community...I'm not here to destroy it, I'm here to do all I can to make it better for the community.
    Google my name....see what others say about me....I'm asking you, and everyone else to just give me a change...don't make me guilty first....and please, without your support, we'll all lose.
    Jim Boykin
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    Now that the news has spread, I am closing this thread and opening a new one located here:

    http://forums.devshed.com/suggestions-feedback-121/looking-for-feedback-suggestions-911577.html

    Please drop by and leave any feedback/suggestions you have regarding the site and any changes you would like to see. We want to mold the community to reflect the wants and needs of you guys, the users, but can't do it without your input, so please drop by and let us know your thoughts!

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