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09 Dec 2005

Lets beat the boredom and ask CS this Q

When did this forum originally start and what was the first questions like?

I guess I am around for 18 months or so and the rest of you?

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01 Jan 0001

Well, I came up with the idea of this forum ( and similar expert forums ) in discussions with the CSIR and Worldnet Africa, which was later bought over by Naspers and became Mweb, so I was at it before Mweb itself got started. But it was in the earliest days of mweb that we got the show on the road. Originally they insisted on a specific style visually, which I hated --- imagine, the pages were BLACK, with the text in white, and links or text you had read, turned dark scarlet red. Gothic, maybe, but legible, NOT. So, what year would that have been ? Early 90's I guess ? Anyone know the date Mweb started ? Anyway, we're about the earliest and definitely the longest-running psych and health site on the internet, so far as I can discover. In due time, Mweb, though still carrying our material, gave over the running to a new start-up, originally YourHealth.coza, later Health24, so well run by my colleagues in Cape Town that it has propsered and grown and gone from sucess to success.
At the very start, the concept was that questions could be posted, but not visible to the general reader --- I would select only those which seemed of broad interest and use, and answer them, and only those would appear dirwectly online. And I wrote a weekly column, on health topics and commentary on the nuttiness of the world, for some years, as well.
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