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The Race to 2 Million


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Our very first post was made on May 17, 2001.  From that day, it took 16 years to reach 1 million posts.  In fact, the millionth post was made on June 13, 2017.  Now just shy of 5 years later, we're fast approaching 2 million posts!

As of today, we have 1,967,874 posts...  

The moderators thought it might be fun to have a contest of sorts to see who can guess when we'll reach the two million milestone.  So here's how this is going to work:

  • Members may submit a date in this thread for when they think we will reach 2M posts.  
  • Only one guess per member may be submitted.  
  • Guesses will be open for 30 days.  (This thread will automatically lock on April 8, 2022 at 12:01 AM ET)

To make things easier to track, I have created a new widget on the homepage that displays not only our current post count but also how many posts are left until we reach 2 million posts.  

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The winner of the contest will receive some of the new Company of Men swag that will be produced with our new logo on it.  The new logo should be ready by the time we have a winner.  

Good luck to all participants!

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I am wondering how you came up with May 17, 2001, as the date of the first post. I know from my own daily journals that I was posting here well before that date; e.g., from my journal on Dec. 14, 2000: "I wasted a lot of time online, especially at the M4M message board...." I am fairly certain that Hooboy told me about the forum sometime in late 1999.

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6 hours ago, Charlie said:

I am wondering how you came up with May 17, 2001, as the date of the first post. I know from my own daily journals that I was posting here well before that date; e.g., from my journal on Dec. 14, 2000: "I wasted a lot of time online, especially at the M4M message board...." I am fairly certain that Hooboy told me about the forum sometime in late 1999.

There was at least one early attempt by HooBoy to have a message board. He opened up some software, and didn’t have moderators. We must remember HooBoy had limited IT skills 😉

The attempt at a forum I’m thinking of was mayhem/anarchy (and spam) No rules, regulations. One particular nasty exchange I remember was a client accusing a well known porn performer provider of giving him “crabs”. With no moderation to speak of - it was a a mess with both the provider getting into it with the poster…and Vice versa.

Somewhere along the line Bill got involved and that first board was shut down, and another more moderated forum followed. There may have even been another iteration of board software before Bill landed on Xenfro and stayed there.

We’ve come a long way. Please feel free to comment if my history here has errors.

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I do remember that Hooboy was always having problems with the site, even storing a lot of information on a laptop once and then losing it somewhere on a trip. I have no problem with choosing a somewhat arbitrary date that those in charge now can agree upon as a starting point, since Hooboy and Bill are no longer available to consult.

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What is for sure is that the second million posts have happened a lot quicker than the first million.   Some of that may be due to the first million being mostly written posts and now there are many more gallery photos.  But I also think that the forum has gotten more popular despite the separation out of the reviews due to the whole rent boy situation.  

Well done to all that have kept this alive through the years and a special thanks to those men who have worked hard to keep it going after Daddy's passing.   

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3 minutes ago, Charlie said:

I do remember that Hooboy was always having problems with the site, even storing a lot of information on a laptop once and then losing it somewhere on a trip. I have no problem with choosing a somewhat arbitrary date that those in charge now can agree upon as a starting point, since Hooboy and Bill are no longer available to consult.

Charlie, do you remember who assigned  you the join date of December 31, 1969?

~Boomer~

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7 minutes ago, BabyBoomer said:

Charlie, do you remember who assigned  you the join date of December 31, 1969?

~Boomer~

One of the computer updates years ago automatically assigned anyone who had joined before a certain date (I think it was something like Jan 1, 2000) a default "join date" of Dec. 31, 1969; several of us real old-timers have that as our join date.

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54 minutes ago, Charlie said:

One of the computer updates years ago automatically assigned anyone who had joined before a certain date (I think it was something like Jan 1, 2000) a default "join date" of Dec. 31, 1969; several of us real old-timers have that as our join date.

I just checked my profile: I joined in January 1970, at the tender age of…..11 🤭

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1 hour ago, Charlie said:

I do remember that Hooboy was always having problems with the site, even storing a lot of information on a laptop once and then losing it somewhere on a trip. I have no problem with choosing a somewhat arbitrary date that those in charge now can agree upon as a starting point, since Hooboy and Bill are no longer available to consult.

I remember when Hooboy was in Europe and had to change hotels because the internet was bad.

Actually, I have mentioned this before because there was a bit of drama.

I agree with @Charlie on the start date

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1 hour ago, Charlie said:

One of the computer updates years ago automatically assigned anyone who had joined before a certain date (I think it was something like Jan 1, 2000) a default "join date" of Dec. 31, 1969; several of us real old-timers have that as our join date.

I realise this is a tangent and it has been mentioned before, but the start time is 0000UTC on 1 Jan 1970. What each of us sees reflects our current local time difference to UTC, so anyone in the US will see it as some time in the PM hours of 31 Dec and I would see 1100 1 Jan 1970.

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3 hours ago, Charlie said:

I am going to guess that we will hit the next million posts on April 11th at 1:00 AM ET.

As that is the end of the Palm Springs Extravaganza, I expect that would be a good date to have the odometer turn over.   I am hoping I am watching someone turnover in my bed at that time.  

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3 hours ago, Coolwave35 said:

Before I place my guess, @JoeMendozado you plan on being away from the internet for any extended periods of time in the near future that may affect your new topic posting frequency? 

yea - I have been a bit MIA the past month or two - just busy with work...might extend thru the deadline - but am pretty sure my posting frequency is not as significant as those that post in the Gallery.

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