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Denis W.

Who is the youngest staff :D

19 here, I have a feeling Mike Brown is the youngest.

Joshua Seed is 15.

Wrong. Colin-uk is 12, he said so :p

(in all seriousness, Mike is right. Josh is the youngest)

I always wondered what Neobond and other staff members do apart from handling Neowin, like for a living.

In school, studying computer science at the University of Toronto. Planning to do a specialist in software engineering. As for employment... nothing yet this summer. :/

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bruNo_

Don't know how many South American members Neowin has, but is there a possibility to do a Neowin Meeting like you guys do in England every year? :whistle:

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Matt B

Who is the youngest staff :D

I'm 19 and about halfway through my second year of a journalism degree

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Steven P.

Don't know how many South American members Neowin has, but is there a possibility to do a Neowin Meeting like you guys do in England every year? :whistle:

Fan meets have taken place in the US, UK and Canada before but those fan meets aren't funded by Neowin ;)

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thugilex

can we have a thread or an Arabic section ?

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PL_

can we have a thread or an Arabic section ?

Unlikely. We don't allow any languages other than English because of the headaches involved with moderating two languages. Using something like Google Translate isn't practical and phrases that aren't necessarily insulting before translating could be seen as insulting after translation (or vice versa).

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thugilex

Unlikely. We don't allow any languages other than English because of the headaches involved with moderating two languages. Using something like Google Translate isn't practical and phrases that aren't necessarily insulting before translating could be seen as insulting after translation (or vice versa).

instead of looking to a translation you can have someone who understand arabic as mod for that section because i noticed alot of Arabs joining so was just wondering :)

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+Gary7

instead of looking to a translation you can have someone who understand arabic as mod for that section because i noticed alot of Arabs joining so was just wondering :)

Then can we have a Italian section, A Russian section, a Japanese section............ :whistle:

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PL_

instead of looking to a translation you can have someone who understand arabic as mod for that section because i noticed alot of Arabs joining so was just wondering :)

Then can we have a Italian section, A Russian section, a Japanese section............ :whistle:

Exactly. You'd have to prove that:

  • There is a large enough group of Arabic speakers to justify a section
  • A large enough group of people who can can speak both English and Arabic and are trustworthy enough to be moderators

I also think that if we were to have other language sections, we'd have one of the much larger groups that we have right now, like French speakers. There might be other reasons against it, but that's all I can think of right now. Hope that helps :)

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JMann

This may not be the best place to ask this, but have you considered creating a Qualifications forum? For example a place to discuss Microsoft Certifications (MCITP/MCTS/MCSE), Citrix CCNA etc? I wouldn't consider it a place for muiltiple sub forums, but just one forum to discuss all may be worthwhile.

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bruNo_

Fan meets have taken place in the US, UK and Canada before but those fan meets aren't funded by Neowin ;)

Hmmm... I thought the meetings were funded by you guys.

Thanks for replying Neobond and keep up the good work! (Y)

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Fred Derf

Yes, if we had an Arabic section, an Italian section, a Russian section, a Japanese section, etc.. then not only would we need staffers fluent in those languages so we could implement the Community Rules but it would make staff transition a very difficult proposition. At any given time some of our moderators are busy or taking temporary breaks until their project is complete, their exam is written or their girlfriend allows them back into the house. With only one language we can cover for others quite nicely.

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+Gary7

This may not be the best place to ask this, but have you considered creating a Qualifications forum? For example a place to discuss Microsoft Certifications (MCITP/MCTS/MCSE), Citrix CCNA etc? I wouldn't consider it a place for muiltiple sub forums, but just one forum to discuss all may be worthwhile.

Now this is a good idea. I have seen it in other forums.

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Owen W

I'm 19 and a 3rd year Bachelor of IT student...and full time IT Network Support Engineer. And newsie. And...

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Hum

Yeah, I'm younger than you by a few months :(

Whats wrong with being younger ? :laugh:

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dmd3x

The members from 2001 that are still active will tell you that we were down every few months (sometimes for up to 3 weeks) but we always managed to bounce back :p

Haha, those were the days... :laugh:

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name in use

Question: Has there been a time where it was rough (see outages in the early 00's) where one of you thought 'Is this really worth it?' and almost closed up shop?

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Fred Derf

Question: Has there been a time where it was rough (see outages in the early 00's) where one of you thought 'Is this really worth it?' and almost closed up shop?

I assume that when our site was deleted after the takedown order then that would have been the easiest time to just pack it in.

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name in use

Very true.

Question: Have there been any 'buy out' offers to Neowin?

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Steven P.

Question: Has there been a time where it was rough (see outages in the early 00's) where one of you thought 'Is this really worth it?' and almost closed up shop?

Yeah mostly in the first years, after 2004 though we became pretty stable in terms of hosting and staff group, which made my life quite a bit easier :p

Very true.

Question: Have there been any 'buy out' offers to Neowin?

Yes we've had a few strange offers over the years, some I've replied to and others I've ignored. But we've never wanted to waiver (full) ownership. Redmak and I still hold 60% ownership of the site.

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Nick H.

Redmak and I still hold 60% ownership of the site.

Can we ask who owns the other 40%?

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Steven P.

Can we ask who owns the other 40%?

Stardock. (since March 2005)

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+Frank B.

Can we ask who owns the other 40%?

Stardock.

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Berserk87

how do I buy stock in neowin?

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Steven P.

how do I buy stock in neowin?

We don't sell shares/stock.

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